POPULAR South African disc spinner, DJ Sumbody, is billed to make his debut appearance in the Mountain Kingdom this Saturday where he is expected to ignite Cuban Linx.
DJ Sumbody will be in the country for the ninth edition of the annual local house veteran mixer, DJ Mekonko’s birthday celebration.
DJ Sumbody, born Oupa John Sefoka, is best known for his smash hit Ayepyep, featuring DJ Tira, Thebe and Emza in 2017. His debut album Larger than House Volume 1 was released in 2012.
However, he further stole the limelight last year when he released club anthem, Monate Mpolaye, on which he features rapper, Cassper Nyovest, and Kwaito legend, Thebe.
DJ Sumbody will share the stage with the likes of Lesotho-born DJ El-Que (real name Qefate Lerotholi) who has made a name for himself in South Africa and has worked with rappers like Kwesta, Kid-X and Lection to release hits such as Be Real, Dress to Kill and Take off among others.
The local contingent boasts of DJs Veenushka, Trybz, Afro and Kopper as well as rapper Juvy and the birthday boy.
Speaking to the Weekender this week, DJ Mekonko, who is also the co-owner of Cuban Linx, said that he hosts these celebrations annually under different themes and there is always a South African act on the line-up for every edition whom he finds relevant at the time.
He said this year he decided to bring DJ Sumbody because he realised that they have a lot in common as they are both DJs and also run nightclubs.
“I see a reflection of myself in Sumbody which I cannot shy away from and because of his undeniable hustle, I thought having him play at my birthday celebration this year would be sentimental,” DJ Mekonko said.
He said when he started the celebrations in 2011, he did not think the event will happen annually but due to the profits he made that year he decided to continue with it.
“This was just an idea I had in 2001 but because of financial challenges at the time I was only able to host it in 2011 and since then, this has been one of the hallmark events most revellers look out for,” he said.
DJ Mekonko said when he was young, his parents were unable to host parties on his birthday due to financial constraints and he made a vow that he would host parties for himself when he earned money hence he makes sure that every year his birthday is the best to attend.
He said the celebration also helped him stay relevant as he has been a DJ for almost 20 years and normally would have fallen off the ranch a while ago.
“This year’s birthday celebration will be bigger and better and I promise people nothing but fun and a good time,” he said.