By Jeoffrey Mukubi
SOUTH Africa’s premier horse racing and fashion extravaganza, the Vodacom Durban July, which takes place in KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday, 1 July, is set to get a huge dose of proudly Namibian flavour, when the Land of the Brave’s very own DJ Khadafi wrecks the decks at North Beach.
The local guru, who started his career as a Sunday Session deejay in Eveline Street in 2011, is set to dazzle what is known the Unlimited Experience Durban July 2017, which has over the years been transformed into one of the premier horserace’s places to be, and which features the crème de crème of South African artists and deejays.
At the parties fashionistas, celebrities and politicians hobnob in exclusive VIP areas, while dressed to the nines.
About 55 000 guests are expected at the actual Durban July event, and over 30 marquees will be constructed on the racecourse’s sprawling lawns.
This year’s event is themed, ‘The Colour of Magic’, which will be on huge display at the unlimited experience, where DJ Khadafi joins a star-studded line-up that will set the night on fire.
VIP guests are expected to get their vibe on, as they show off the latest fashion trends, while sipping on Moet Chandon, Jack Daniels and Ciroc Vodka, after trying their luck with picking the winner of the big race on the day. In the middle of the unfolding fashion and partying frenzy will be none other than DJ Khadafi, who became famous along with DJ Fisherman and DJ Chinchilla, when they started a group called the KFC Deejays, and threw their annual BOB (Bring Own Bottles) parties for four consecutive years.
“A friend of mine introduced me to deejaying, and I started deejaying every Sunday at Mafelas Bar in Katutura, which at the time was the place to be,” DJ Khadafi said this week. Asked why he started to deejay, he said, “It was more of a culture thing and I just loved doing it, and after I joined Chinchilla and Fisherman, I started to get lot of recognition.”Being an artist in Namibia is not easy, and some, if not most creative artists, succumb to the lure of a better paying day job, but DJ Khadafi has persevered.
He dedicated his time and money to learning his craft, and ultimately became one of the finest deejays in the country.
Not many deejays get the opportunity to play at a Vodacom Durban July and Khadafi is the only Namibian to do so.
It is the second year in a row that he will showcase his deejaying skills at the event, after also being invited to last year’s Unlimited Experience.
DJ Khadafi is the resident Deejay at Monaco Lounge, and although he plays an array of genres, he prefers house music.
He was a salesman at Build It Namibia for two years, before becoming a household name on the deejaying scene.
Although reluctant about sharing personal information with Confidente, he had a lot to say about the deejaying industry.
“Deejaying in our country is tough, and these young deejays are killing the industry with their exorbitant prices,” DJ Khadafi said.
“The reason why most of them don’t make it is because they don’t build brands, in order to be recognised. All they want is to impress people, but the crowd always knows if you’re a genuine deejay or not.”
DJ Khadafi, who expressed his joy about finding himself alongside many of South Africa’s A-list performers, including A-Reece, Ms Cosmo, Dj Speedsta, DJ Vetkoek and DJ Mahoota, on the Unlimited Experience roster, said he was extremely excited about making his mark.
The Durban July Handicap is an annual South African thoroughbred horserace, held on the first Saturday of July, and was established in 1897.
This will be the 121th edition, and winning horse will receive a whopping R3.5 million.
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