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Our homie Bongani Zulu has been rocking dance floors all over the country over the past two years. With a large list of events and festivals hosting this talented DJ, Grietfest 2017 is his next destination. A man on a mission to be know as one of the best in the business, Bongani Zulu comes not only with an impressive skill set but also a humble, friendly attitude. We caught up with him for a short chat, this is what he had to say:
Interview: Bongani Zulu
Hey Dude.. Too dope to be chatting to you again. How you doing?
The pleasure is all mine, it’s cool to chatting to you again. I’m slowly winning the war against man-flu so I’m good, thank you haha.
Please would you introduce yourself and tell us where in sunny SA are you from?
My name is Bongani Zulu, yes it is my real name as well haha. I’m 21 years old and I love music. I’m from Pretoria but I was born in the south of Joburg.
You have been setting Pretoria on fire bro. It’s so good to see your growth over the past few years. Keep up the hard work.
Thank you, it’s just been an amazing time so far, all due to the people around me helping me up and with that, we’re just growing each other as well.
Back to basics… Was music an influence growing up? What music did you grow up with?
Music was a huge influence growing up in my home because my family shares the same feeling about music that I do. My dad was the influencer of my taste; he listened to a lot of funk, rap and soul music so that’s where my groove comes from. He actually gave me a Masters At Work CD when I was about 3 years old.
Can you describe your sound in 5 words?
Always leaving the listener interested.
Our local scene has been growing positively over the past few years… What are your thoughts on our local music scene at the moment and if there is anything you wish to see happen differently?
Our local scene right now is getting the recognition that it deserves. Locally, we’re starting to appreciate the good music in between ourselves and that’s a good thing because we then try pushing ourselves internationally. What could be a little different is the number of opportunities that are given to newcomers so more people can get their music out there.
Are there any local acts that you think need a special mention?
Chee is one artist that people should look out for because he is massively popular overseas and he’s about to blow up when he goes on his tour.
You are playing at Grietfest 2017.. (totally deserve it) Are you excited for the event? What can we expect from your set?
Thank you, Grietfest is one of the best electronic music festivals in South Africa so I’m really blessed to be on the lineup. I’ll be opening the Club Stage for the TOYTOY showcase and I’ve been experimenting with a bit of dub techno as well so it’s going to be along those lines.
Anything that you are currently working on that we would be interested in hearing about?
Yes, I will be releasing one of my own productions soon that I’ve been working on for some time now, it might or might not be played at Grietfest…
Where can we follow you on Social media?
Facebook Page: @bonganizuluRSA
Thanks for your time guys…!!
Thank you guys for having me, I really appreciate it and see you on the 26th!