Born mid 70’s, known as Dj Mbuso from Soweto the place that is diverse and (Trend setting South African culture). He has been an integral part of South Africa’s dance culture for the past 20 years. Growing up on a lot of Soul,Funk, Disco and European electronic music.Mbuso was one the Dj’s who has been instrumental in spearheading the dance/electronic movement in South Africa. His Phezulu/Soulcandi outfit spearheaded the movement since 2000. Producing hits like Soweto Funk, Mbuso’s Revenge, 6850 Maluleke Str to remixing Thandiswa Mazwai and Mina Nawe to name a few. Also compiling and producing albums for dj’s like Dj Fresh, Black Coffee, Ganyani, Tokzen, Kabzela, Glenn Lewis, Qt, Dr Duda(Micasa), Claude , China also international releases from Innervisions (Germany). Miso (UK),Tribe Records (UK)
The main reason why we know the brand Soul Candi it’s because of you, so what led the depart from the Record labal you built from scratch with Hareal Salkow ?
I actually needed a break and wanted to pursue other interests, there’s no bad blood with me and Soulcandi crew.
Tell us more about Phezulu Records?
Phezulu Records was always a division of Soulcandi. So when I decided to get back to the game it only made sense to continue as Phezulu Records as the guys had made some changes to my other baby. Needed a fresh start and my main focus then was to work harder on pushing local music. Signing the works of Award winning artists like Blackcoffee, Rhythm Elements, Dr Duda from Micasa, also Dj Mandla, Dj Claude, Dj China, Dj Ganyani, Tokzen, Mdoo, Qt just to name a few
What’s your view towards our local music production currently, Is it in the right path?
Our production has come a long way. Look at the genres that have come out since 94. Obviously we still need to grow our independence, there is a lot we need to polish but we are getting there.
Mbuso you are game changer I must say, personally you deserve a CUE lifetime award, and so what does the future hold?
The future holds a lot. I took some time off production and the label to refocus on my Djing as that is my primary thing and other interests. But 2018 going forward you will see more releases on Phezulu now called WAP (WeArePhezulu)
What’s your view on our local producers signing overseas rather than pushing their music this side on local labels such as Phezulu Records?
Working with international labels and artists is very good for our growth. The internet has put the world to one small gadget like the cell phone why restrict your art to one country.