A new day will dawn in Africa: DJ Maphorisa chats about Play Your Part

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A new day will dawn in Africa

Brand SA’s Africa Day initiative focuses on harnessing African unity in response to Covid-19

The ensemble features leading South African Arists including DJ Maphorisa, Kabza De Small, Riky Rick, Rouge Rapper, Youngsta CPT, Shasha, Tresor and Dee Koala.

Brand SA will be celebrates Africa Day 2020, with a unique initiative designed to encourage and promote African unity. The initiative, called Play Your Part – “Africa Unite”, will be spearheaded by the launch of a new ensemble song, written and produced to celebrate the diversity of Africanism in all of its many facets, especially in language and the arts.

The song, which is also titled Play Your Part – “Africa Unite”, aims to highlight and foster African unity, and features a number of languages spoken on the continent, including Swahili, Lingala, Zulu, isiXhosa, seTswana, English, Afrikaans, Shona and French. This multi-lingual approach is inspired by the bold, vibrant, and resilient African spirit, which has once again come to the fore during the current Covid-19 pandemic.

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The Play Your Part – “Africa Unite” song, which is inspired by this unique African world view, features leading South African artists including DJ Maphorisa, Kabza De Small, Ricky Rick, Rouge Rapper, Youngsta CPT, Dee Koala and Shasha from Zimbabwe, as well as Tresor, who hails from the DRC. The lyrics are a clarion call to Africa’s large youth population to stand firm in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic and to #PlayYourPart in halting its advance.

The Play Your Part – “Africa Unite” song which features the tagline ‘unity in action’ will be available for streaming and downloads on all major platforms including Apple Music, Deezer and Spotify. Proceeds from streaming and downloads of the song will go toward the Solidarity Response Fund. The fund’s mandate is to support the national healthcare response to Covid-19, contribute to humanitarian relief efforts, and mobilise South Africans to work together to prevent the spread of the virus. It also aims to support the country’s people in dealing with the socio-economic impact the pandemic has had.

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I like to work with various artists and engage. It was so exciting to work with everyone.

DJ Maphorisa

[WATCH] DJ Maphorisa at #HuaweiJoburgDay

For me I think I'm still young and it's all an experience.

DJ Maphorisa

I traveled a lot and maybe that's why I'm a different person and I work differently. Once things open up it's important to travel and understand other cultures.

DJ Maphorisa

Listen to the full conversation below and find out more about this powerful initiative...

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Themba Sekowe - well known in the industry as DJ Maphorisa - is the man behind many of your favourite club bangers.

The multitalented performer/producer was born and bred in Soshanguve, Pretoria and started his career from an early age.

The release of the chart topping single “Y-Tjukutja” in 2013 – which was undoubtedly the biggest song in South Africa that year – catapulted his career into the entertainment industry.

This proved only to be the beginning. The following year he produced and also featured on Mafikizolo’s Khona, a song which topped many music charts and won several awards in South Africa and beyond including Song of the Year at the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards.

Most recently, DJ Maphorisa’s smash hit Midnight Starring featuring DJ Tira, Busiswa and Moonchild Sanelly has reached the Gold single sales milestone, with the music video on well over 2,6Million views. The latest single off his GQOM WAVE compilation titled Oncamnce featuring Kwesta, Stilo Magolide and Zingah is following suite, and blazing up the radio charts.

DJ Maphorisa also collaborated with American super group Major Lazer on the 2017 African anthem Particula, which topped the charts across 17 countries on the continent. The video has garnered over 22 million views on Youtube. This came after enjoying the great success of 2016 with the major South African hit Ngud by Kwesta ft Cassper Nyovest, as well as his own pan African hit “Soweto Baby” featuring Wizkid and DJ Buckz, which also took the 2016 award for Best Collaboration at the MTV Africa Music Awards.



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