DJ Sbu

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Dj Sbu aka Mzekezeke
Birth name Sibusiso Leope
Also known as Sbu Leope, DJ Sbu
Born (1977-05-28) May 28, 1977 (age 37)
Thembisa, South Africa
Genres kwaito, house
Occupations musician, producer, DJ
Years active 2000–present
Labels TS Records, EMI
Associated acts Brown Dash, DJ Cleo, Izinyoka, Zahara

Sibusiso Leope (born May 28, 1977 in Thembisa), also known as DJ Sbu and believed to be Mzekezeke (masked kwaito artist), is a South African kwaito artist. He has never admitted in public that he is indeed Mzekezeke. Only those close to him have revealed this 'secret'.

He is the co-owner with Thembinkosi Nciza (born in Daveyton) of TS Records and a television presenter. Mzekezeke received the awards for artist and song of the year, for "S'guqa Ngamadolo" (meaning dance by going down on one knee), at the 2003 South African Music Awards.Sbusiso Leope, also known as DJ Sbu, was born in May 1977 and is now a successful businessman, record label owner, TV presenter and club and radio jock. He’s worked on some of the most influential radio stations in the country such as YFM and Metro FM.

An only child, DJ Sbu matriculated from the Central Secondary School in Pretoria in 1993. He then went on to study sound engineering at African Media University and also studied electrical engineering at Technikon Witwatersrand.

DJ Sbu began his broadcasting career in 1998 at the community radio station, Tembisa Info Radio, where for 18 months he voluntarily produced and presented the weekend show. Two years later, he joined the popular radio station YFM, where he produced and presented a weekend slot called Beauty and the Beast with Angela Ludekon. His popularity grew so much on the station that in 2005 he was given his own primetime slot called Y-Lens.

In 2007, DJ Sbu left YFM and went on to host the breakfast show on Ukhozi FM. He returned to YFM after a year and left again to join Metro FM in 2010.

Many critics have said DJ Sbu’s success is attributed to the fact that he mixes kasi lingo (slang) and English in his shows making them an open platform which his listeners can relate to. He also does a lot of PR and is visible to his audience by doing things that endear them to him.

DJ Sbu started his record label TS Records with businessman TK Nciza which promotes some of the best musicians in country including afro-pop sensation Zahara, Lungelo and Nhlanhla Nciza. The motivation behind starting the label was so that black people from disadvantaged backgrounds could be represented.

The entrepreneur has also ventured into other aspects of production. He is the host of a reality game show called Friends Like These on SABC1.

DJ Sbu continues to inspire a generation of hopefuls from disadvantaged backgrounds with his enthusiasm, hard work and wisdom.[1]

In 2010, he visited survivors of the nursing home fire in Nigel, Gauteng, that had caused over 20 deaths, offering help and words of sympathy.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Coetzer, Diane (26 April 2003). "Something old, something new". Billboard. p. 49. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  2. ^ "DJ Sbu offers comfort after deadly fire". Times LIVE. 3 August 2010. Retrieved 3 August 2010.