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Prince Kaybee heading for Maseru


Mohalenyane Phakela

FAST rising South African DJ and producer, Prince Kaybee, is set to headline a show slated for Maseru Mall-based Barcelos Restaurant on 1 July.

Dubbed the Wa Jellwa Experience, the event will see Prince Kaybee share the stage with Charma Exzit, Osmic, AfroDJ, Mekonko, Rhythm Child, DJ Jacky, DJ Lobby, Trill OG, 3rd Code, Kopano, YRS, Jiro, Kta Kings and Vesta with Mavele the MC.

The Free State-born DJ shot to fame in October last year after the release of his debut album, Better Days, which elicited five nominations and the Best Dance Album award at the 2016 Metro FM awards in February.

The album is flying off the shelves and is also doing well on iTunes. Its hit song, Wa Jellwa, was voted the song of the year on 31 December 2015 on most radio stations across South Africa.

Prince Kaybee’s debut performance in Lesotho last December did not make a splash, as he was still yet unknown in the Mountain Kingdom. His performance at the BOLESWA Intervarsity Games opening bash in March was ill-fated after revellers left the venue before he could get on stage as it was slated for the early hours of the morning.

However, according to the show organisers, Mavele and DJ Vesta, Prince Kaybee’s performance would be a source of inspiration for local artists as he came from very humble beginnings.

“Prince Kaybee did not have everything served on a silver platter as he grew up in a destitute family and even ended up dropping out of high school after failing to pay fees,” Mavele told Xpress People on Friday.

“He worked very hard to be where he is today and I believe sharing the stage and interacting with him would inspire local artists. That is why he is the only foreign act on the line up among an array of local acts.”

For his part, Vesta said he hoped Prince Kaybee’s visit would help cement the relations they had already established.

“I was supposed to do a track with Sean Dihoro who features as the vocalist on Wa Jellwa and was to be mastered by Prince Kaybee,” he said.

“The track has not materialized yet but it gave me the opportunity to talk to Prince Kaybee on a personal level. I consider him my mentor as, from time to time, he gives me advice.

“I also hope Prince Kaybee will be able to spot the potential in local acts and help them flourish.”

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