Of recent the local music industry has witnessed an upsurge in the emergence of relatively unknown artists. The likes of Dramaboi, Jojo and A.T.I hit the streets running and are ruling the airwaves. Add to that list Opelo Malila, known as Dj Kim Wizzy in music circles. Her long awaited single went viral of Facebook; getting a thousand plays in five days.
Nicknamed “The Female Hu$tler”, Malila is the first local female producer and has for the past four years produced underground before she could master the courage to go commercial. She was for quite some time the headliner at Fashion Lounge’s Ladies Night every Thursday and is currently working the turn-tables doing the same gig every Wednesday at O’ Hagans.
Signed to the newly established RareSounds Records Dj Wizzy’s new Break-through single featuring Zuziwe, Ozi, Teddy and K.E.B brings a new genre that is slowly catching a fire amongst house music lovers. Dance, as the genre is called is very popular in the UK but has slowly found its way into main stream music in Southern Africa.
The genre was popularised by the likes of France House Dj and two time Grammy award winner Pierre David Guetta. His 2009 album One Love included the hit singles “When Love Takes Over” featuring Kelly Rowland, “Gettin’ Over You” featuring Chris Willis, Fergie & LMFAO. He is currently the most sought after producer and Dj in the world.
“Dance is the in-thing, it is international and a lot of people in this country love it. I have decided to bring this new sound and add a local feel to it. I always try to be different in what I do hence the incorporation of vocalists that include rappers,” said Malila.
She further said ‘break-through is not just a title, but a project that will see her through RareSounds introduce Dance to Botswana.
“I’m ready to entertain; I want to bring excitement back to the stage. The only artist in this country who usually gives revellers a great time is Vee and it is my intention to make the stage look WOW!” she said.
Malila further said though there is abundance of talent in the country, poor sound quality is always a letdown.
“Sometimes you need the experts to help you to achieve the quality you are looking for. My project was mastered in Cape Town by Troye Lilliey and you can hear the difference,” she said.
Currently under the Management of Iggy Mash, who was instrumental in importing local music to the Malaysian market, Malila is working on an EP to be released soon. Mash took the likes of Mr O, Scar and South African Tuks Senganga to perform in Malaysia while he was still a student there.
“I’m working with Zeus, Kennedy and many other local artists to come up with something different for house music lovers,” she said. -