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DJ Bootz relishes Lesotho Times Fanfest slot

…celebrates 15 years on radio

Staff Writer

PC FM presenter and DJ, DJ Bootz says the upcoming Lesotho Times Fanfest scheduled for 3 November 2018 at Setsoto Stadium is a great initiative that has the capacity to solidify the country’s place on the world map.

DJ Bootz is one of the performers on a star-studded line-up that includes legends Oliver Mtukudzi and Tsepo Tshola, Lady Zamar, AKA, Thami, Kwesta, Amanda Black and Nasty C among numerous others.

And the bulky deck master says this is an opportunity that should be cherished by any performer as it is one of the biggest shows that the country has hosted in recent years.

“This is the mother of all line ups because it caters for everyone,” DJ Bootz said.

“It rates as one of the biggest. I have played for the Vodacom Summer Fever three years ago where there were about 25 000 people and this is a gig of the same magnitude if it does not surpass that figure. It must have at least 30 000 people.

“The most important aspect is the advertising and Lesotho Times has started the marketing well in time.”

He said the variety of artistes that are on the line-up also give him access to a different market that he does not often entertain.

“It gives me exposure to a new market. It is a good opportunity since I am going to rub shoulders with the legends. I have performed with Black Coffee at Maseru Club, DJ Fresh a couple of times, Mafikizolo and Malaika among others but I have never performed on the same stage with the legends like Oliver Mtukudzi and the Village Pope (Tshola).”

The DJ also encouraged fellow musicians to work hard so that they get recognition at events like the upcoming fanfest which was organised to celebrate Lesotho Times’ service to the country spanning more than a decade.

“We owe it to ourselves to work hard so that people see the hard work and reward us with performances and support. Hip hop and House DJs work very hard and singers also have to do the same.

He also lauded the organisers for including local artistes but also said they need to strive to perfect their acts.

“Our artistes are not doing enough. We have about five percent local content on our radios because of lack of quality. Singers are not doing enough. However, even though we are not doing enough to promote local artistes, I think we also owe the performers some more. It has to start from the government and the private sector.”

Meanwhile, DJ Bootz is set to celebrate 15 years on radio with a marathon of commemorative events spanning three days. The commemorations commence on the 24th of this month at Bar 1 at the Maseru Mall.

The line-up at Bar 1 will include DJs Tseko, Counterforce, Tizozo, Mtszi and Khebza.

The party goes to Cuban Linx the following day where performers will include DJs Mr X, Nine24, Mo Flava and Legoody from South Africa. The last lap will be held at Ha Seoli’s Kasi Kota where he says he will be celebrating with his hood.

“Most forget where they came from when they think they have made it in life but I am saying I am still here.”

Born on 24 August 1984 as the last of two children, DJ Bootz says he owes his success to his mother who supported him in all he did. He said growing up, he always knew what he wanted to do in life.

“I come from nowhere but I am living my dream because my mother supported me through out,” he said adding: “I advise all parents to support their children.”

“I have always known what I wanted from Grade 7 when I went I went to a CR FM (now Radio Maria) in 1999 and they turned me down. The same year I was turned down at MoAfrika but eventually got my break at Harvest FM in 2002.

“I was fired just seven months later when I played a Mafikizolo track titled Sibongile which besides not being on the playlist, it was not regarded as a gospel track. My then boss, ‘Me ‘Malichaba Lekhoaba was so furious.

“However, I am grateful for the chance that she gave me as young as I was at the time. This is where PC FM recognised my talent but still they could not give me a full chance feeling I was too young.

“I ended up getting the chance through ‘Me Refiloe Mohlotsane who was the programmes manager and the late DJ Thabi who also played a crucial role. They made the owners of the station recognise the talent,” DJ Bootz said.

DJ Bootz runs a car hire business and is also an events specialist, ventures that he says he hopes will grow soon.

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