Look which SA stars are in the YouTube Black Voices Music Class

Major League DJz, Elaine and DJ Lag have all been chosen to represent South Africa for the YouTube Black Voices Music Class of 2022.

Look which SA stars are in the YouTube Black Voices Music Class

Major League DJz, Elaine and DJ Lag are three of South Africa’s brightest talents and they have all excelled in the music industry in several ways. They will all form part of the roster of 54 artists, songwriters and producers selected to join the YouTube Black Voices Music Class of 2022.

 Among the acts from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Brazil and Canada, eight are from Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya. 

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YOUTUBE BLACK VOICES MUSIC CLASS OF 2022

On the significance of the programme, YouTube’s Sub-Saharan head of music, Addy Awofisayo said the #YouTubeBlackVoices Fund is an opportunity to celebrate and nurture African artistry and help songwriters, producers and artists share their craft with global audiences. 

“Black culture is expansive and ever-changing and YouTube Music is committed to celebrating that experience through music.” 

Major League DJz note that the funding from YouTube will ensure that they continue their trajectory to take amapiano to the world. 

“We will continue to travel and immerse everyone and anyone who crosses our path in this beautiful African sound,” said the twin DJs. 

ELAINE 

The 22-year-old singer took the world by storm with her debut EP Elements in 2019. The EP is still sitting comfortably in the top 10 R&B/Soul charts on Apple Music. 

Elaine shared that her dad played a huge role in her love for music. 

“I’m constantly inspired by my experiences and my deep love for turning my feelings into art. The fund will give me – a black South African girl – the platform to be heard, seen and celebrated on a global stage.” 

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DJ LAG

DJ Lag is known as a fierce musician who has propelled the Gqom sound to international heights over the years. The KwaZulu-Natal-born DJ has worked with the likes of Beyoncé, Moonchild Sanelly, Kooldrink and Tyla. 

DJ Lag joins the YouTube Black Voices Music Class as a songwriter/producer and says music is an extension of his personality. 

“Everything that I am has been influenced by the need to express myself through music and my ambition to create almost a language to communicate my identity.” 

“I would describe my sound as an African take on techno and a fusion of various genres with a taste of South African township life.” 

Source : The South African More   

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Rosebank Mall bomb scare shatters Donald’s ‘Dreams’ listening party

From ‘Dreams’ to the stuff of nightmares: Donald revealed his album listening party was cancelled due to a bomb scare at Rosebank Mall.

Rosebank Mall bomb scare shatters Donald’s ‘Dreams’ listening party

Donald Moatshe has escaped unharmed after his album party at Rosebank Mall was cancelled due to a bomb scare.

The singer’s listening party for album offering Dreams was scheduled to take place on Thursday evening in Sandton ahead of its release on Friday, 22 October.

Unfortunately, it had to be postponed indefinitely after the mall undertook an emergency evacuation due to an anonymous bomb threat.

DONALD: ‘I’M SAFE’

Donald – who announced his album would feature US actor Jussie Smollett of hit series Empire – took to Twitter to reveal he was safe and unharmed after entertainment blogger Phil Mhpela broke the news.

He tweeted of the incident: “God speaks in a different way and I always have to listen. Police came in evacuating everyone from The Rosebank Mall and surrounding buildings, management had no choice but to cancel my album launch.

“I am safe, thank you”.

The singer added that he was not angry or upset at the cancellation of his long-awaited album.

“Everything happens for a reason,” he added.

According to Rosebank Mall, an evacuation took place during the late afternoon after they were “approached by a threat”.

The mall has since been cleared and is scheduled to open as usual on Friday morning.

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SINGER CLAPS BACK AT PR STUNT RUMOURS

Donald also took to his Twitter account to shoot down claims the bomb scare was a “PR stunt”.

He posted: “Someone just said my PR Team created a bomb scare in Rosebank which resulted in my launch being cancelled to hype up the album release, a whole Rosebank mall guys!”.

He also retweeted several posts from fans who claimed someone was trying to “sabotage” him.

Dreams launches at midnight on Thursday and features the likes of Jussie, Lady Du, Robot Boii, Iiso Monageng and Mthunzi.

Source : The South African More   

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