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Missing! Botswana Dj’s on Africa’s Decks One and Two

8 Sep

Voting season never ever goes away, whether you are voting for who will be taxing you for the next five years; or which young girl should go on a global stage to win a year of spreading charity love in your name; or which artists you will expect to get a thank you hug from because you helped win them a fancy dust collector.

MTV’s Video Music Awards 2011 just left us with a pregnant view of what the world considers ‘cutting edge’ musically. It is now Channel O’s turn to do the same but from an African point of view. So to get to it 6 people you have most probably never heard of are on the judging panel, they are DJ Black, G Money, Toolz, Reuben, Bryan McKenzie, DJ Caise. Go on, tell me something I don’t already know about any one of these industry respected veterans. I got all day… but, you will only get an internet minute. Too late. Let me school you… quoting from the Channel O textbook this is the knowledge;

DJ Black: Member of International DJ’s Movement. Founder of Blaqbone Media. Hosted shows for Akon, Busta Rhymes, Rick Ross, Fabolous and Shaggy. Judge for the Metro FM Awards (SA), guest DJ at YFM (SA) and a guest DJ for Big Brother Amplified.

G Money: Hosts “G Money in the Morning”, a breakfast show on HomeBoyz Radio 91.5FM in Nairobi Kenya. Current projects include the Homeboyz Radio School. He owns a marketing solutions company and a production company which has worked with some big-name UK artists.

Toolz: Real name Tolu Oniru, hosts ‘The Midday Show with Toolz’ on The Beat 99.9FM in Nigeria. Radio Presenter of the Year 2010 at the Nigerian Broadcasters Awards; Radio Personality of the Year at the Dynamix All Youth Awards; Sixth on Studio 53 Extra’s Top Radio Presenters in Africa list.

Reuben: Full name Reuben Obare Ndege hosts and produces SO SO FRESH on Clouds FM, Tanzania. Reuben hosted gigs and parties for artists like Eve and Fat Joe as well as the Tanzania Music Awards.

Bryan McKenzie: Presenter and music director at HOT 100FM, Uganda (Now at Radio City FM ). Vice president of Platinum Entertainment; also features on Jam Agenda and Showtime Magazine. Best Radio Presenter at the Buzz Teeniez Awards and nominated for Best TV Personality Award at the same awards.

DJ Caise: A top resident DJ at The Beat 99.9FM in Lagos, Nigeria. He has been described as one of the most exciting and innovative young Nigerian entertainers to ever grace the turntables.

Dj Fresh aside… I don’t know about you but this list gives me the impression we can expect to see a BOMU (Botswana Music Union) award winning DJ on here at any… time… soon…? I think. Oh wait BOMU doesn’t recognise DJ’s, this is by omission from their awards categories not from some playa hating you understand. What about the Presidential Arts Awards…? Nope, nothing there either and please understand the man hasn’t even got the time to be a playa hater of Dj’s. So err DJ’s what y’all gona do about it? And no Bots DJ’s, I ain’t just sayin… I am saying; What. Are. You. Going. To. Do. About. It?

Anyway whatever, go vote for Africa’s finest music video talent this year, never mind that Zeus is not single-handedly keeping Botswana in the Channel O awards spotlight this year, dude has got plenty of other fish to fry right now.