Interview With DJ Ganyani
With the additions of a new DJ every time I blink my eye, I thought I should do my bit to speak to one dj’s who has been in the industry for years and get him to give advice to those who wanna follow in his footsteps. This is a legendary dj who knows better and is qualified to give advice to the fame starved wanna be Dj fraternity out there. Not bad going for someone(me) who, frankly, has done little more with his life than keep his eyes open, I amaze myself at times.
It’s very rare that one reads about him in the papers so I thought I would drag him for an interview so that he could also tell us a bit more than what we know already, his current projects and all. This is a man who gave us hits like Limpopo funk and very recently Hi Nyikeni. Before I bore you with my ranting, here is how the interview went…
Cedrick: Tell us who Dj Ganyani is.
Ganyani: Am a very reserved person in public but very talkative & comfortable around people am close to.
Cedrick: How did you get into djying.
Ganyani: I have always loved music, I never even dreamed of being a dj. I used to play music very loud at home & then one day one of my neighbors had a stokvel and asked me to come play for him, since then I have never looked back.
Cedrick: You got into djying when some of us where still in our fathers’ pants, how is the market now as opposed to then when you started?
Ganyani: Unlike before, the market is very competitive now, there are a lot of house djs now and producers. House music is not as scarce as it used to be, it’s even played on radio stations.
Cedrick: How was Ganyani in school?
Cedrick: What did you do after school?
Ganyani: I studied Bcom but dropped out & started selling cassettes in the streets of Soweto and at taxi ranks.
Cedrick: As a dj, what do you do when some of us are slaving at our 9 to 5′s? What’s a normal day like in Ganyani’s life?
Ganyani: I always search for new music, I have to be up to date in that department as I need to uphold the status.
Cedrick: What else do you do beside making drunk people dance?
Ganyani: Not only drunk people. I also have a company Ganyani Entertainment, we do sound equipment and dj hire. We also have a music recording studio.
Cedrick: Who’s we?
Ganyani: The people I work with.
Cedrick: What kind of music do you listen to beside house music?
Ganyani: Any kind of good music.
Cedrick: How did you manage to stay in the industry for so many years and still remain relevant?
Ganyani: I have an ability to adapt with the changes in the industry.
Cedrick: You put my motherland on the map with that Limpopo funk hit, finally we had something to pride ourselves with beside the witchcraft that we allegedly master. I just wanna thank you on behalf of my people. Would you do that again by coming up with another Julius inspired hit maybe?
Ganyani: Yes of course in fact I am working on more tracks related to Limpopo.
Cedrick: I’m looking forward to hearing them. Talking about Julius, he done did it again, this time calling Zille a cockroach. What’s your take on that?
Ganyani: Am not so much into politics BUT I like Julius, as for Zille I think she’s getting a taste of her own medicine.
Cedrick: Having been in the industry for so long, how many awards do you have on you room divider at home?
Ganyani: I have 6.
Cedrick: Your recent album, Ganyani’s House Grooves 7 has been nominated for an award for the best compilation category in this year’s Metro FM awards. Tell us more about the album.
Ganyani: It’s a 13 banging track album with national anthems like “Remember” & “Not so far” both from my label,”The Tea” & “Vem Rebola”.
Cedrick: You have been nominated in the same category with Lulo cafe, DJ Fresh & Euphonik, Vinny Da Vinci and DJ Claude, who amongst those do you think might hinder you from adding one more trophy to your collection?
Ganyani: All of them are equally good.
Cedrick: But I’m asking you to single out one.
Ganyani: I can’t do that.
Cedrick: By the way, I was very disappointed when I found out that the lyrics don’t go “Heineken” on that “Hi Nyikeni” track like I thought. I wanna know exactly who, what, where, when or how this Hi Nyikeni is.
Ganyani: Hi Nyikeni is a Tsonga word, it means give us.
Cedrick: It goes without saying that the public has helped to some extent make who Ganyani is today, are you doing some charity/community work as a way of giving back?
Ganyani: I have groomed lots of djs in the industry thus far, I used to do annual events for the Soweto community until one staffer from City Parks used his ”work” powers to push his personal vendetta against me stopped everything.
Cedrick: That sucks, who is this person and what did he do? Name and shame.
Ganyani: No its fine, no need for that, even if I am still bitter.
Cedrick: How has fame changed your life?
Ganyani: I am still the same Ganyani from Limpopo and Ndofaya . It is important for one to stay true to self. (Cc: KM)
Cedrick: The only time we hear about Ganyani is when they talk about your work and not the scandals, how do you manage to stay out of the papers?
Ganyani: Besides from the work I do, I am a very private person. My manager, Bhoza also encourages one to sell their work and not his/her personal life. I am a role model because of my dj work and that should be in the public.
Cedrick: The ladies said I should ask how old you are.
Ganyani: Please tell them that I’m very young at heart.
Cedrick: Old elsewhere?
Ganyani: You are funny.
Cedrick: Which song do you never leave out in your set? That would probably be the song that will get us dancing while spending our bonuses this year.
Ganyani: A lot, but I think Jezebel & Not so far are this year’s summer hits.
Cedrick: How would you be making your money if you were not a DJ?
Ganyani: I have always pictured myself sitting in my office wearing a very decent & expensive suit.
Cedrick: Do you have any exit strategy in place? What are you going to do when you hang you headphones?
Ganyani: Grow the GE label & spend more time on music production.
Cedrick: Do you have any special woman in your life? Wife? Kids? Baby mama?
Ganyani: I want my family life as private as possible.
Cedrick: Please give advice to those that would like to become Dj’s.
Ganyani: Djying is not all bout money and fame,u got to have passion & good ear for good music.
Cedrick: Your company is working on a compilation album and need assistance with a name? Can we ask our JC readers to assist with that? They are very sweet hic.
Ganyani: Ohhh that would be nice,we have already come out with a name “GE Family” BUT we still open for any suggestion.
Cedrick: Thank you very much for the time you made for our JC readers.
That is it fellow JC bloggers, Ganyani is very private with his life so that’s all I could get out of him.
GE Entertainment is giving away a CD hamper to one JC blogger, it’s simple, just tell us which Metro FM award he is nominated for by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than Tuesday, 8pm.
By Cedrick Mashamaite ©