To Reflect and Rebirth

The Talented DJ LayLow

Meet talented DJ, record producer and young entrepreneur Mpumelelo Kenneth Mbokane known as KingLay and Dj LayLow. Mpumelelo started as choir singer in church doing bass and tenor together with his brothers and sisters.

They won multiple church award competitions and represented the province twice in the finals, but of-cause this was before he moved from Ermelo to Nelspruit, because it was in here where his career in DJ’ing and music production began.

It started at school with a group of friends Molapo, Malatji (Darque) and Thokozane Masuku (Landy) who later formed a trio called 3Deep which stood for 3 Deep house Producers. They were impressively good and were soon recognized in the local stream of house music soon after.

As the group continued to mature, KingLay went on to release a single that did number one in the South African house charts on afrodesiam followed by Black Coffee. His first big break was when his song ‘Spirit of Ubuntu’ was featured on the DJ Sdunkero Edladleni Album.

KingLay’s work got him on the map as a great producer and DJ and soon he started being in contact with other popular music producers and labels who requested remixes work and EP releases. He worked on a couple of remixes that reached number one on traxsource house music and worked with Big Label both locally and internationally. He has worked with the likes of Ab Crazy , Vusi Nova, Wanda Baloyi and Miss Thulz just to name a few.

What inspired you to be an artist?

"My Life, everything about my life has always felt like a trailer of something big about to happen. I don’t remember a time when I was not inspired to do anything, so being an artist for me I feel like it’s something I was born with because I don’t just do music, I act, dance, write etc."

What does it take for one to be an artist?

"There are classes of activities that often fall under the term "art," such as the lively arts, the performing arts etc. Art is without limitations, I don’t think there are standards on "what qualifies as art and what doesn’t'' mean think about it?, Art is pretty much whatever anybody says it is, We do things differently and maybe that’s just the trick to what art is."

What's the biggest problem you've had to overcome so far?

"Fighting for my voice to be heard, any industry is competitive and with every positive comes a negative, it’s hard to sustain when you have to do everything by yourself for everyone involved or benefiting in your art. Certain things stop or suffer rather because you have to not let the opportunity pass you by, but with planning and help from my family, partner and team I ‘am able to be in more than 1 place at once making moves that matter. So this challenge I have overcome by understanding that 2, 3,4hands are better than one."

What makes your music / genre different?

"I have a unique sound just like i have a different vision for my music carrier. I understand majority of genres hence I can produce more than 10 genres but my sound has its own signature and I call it Refugeenius because it’s something you know but never heard the way i put it together or present it. It’s not only the music but also the story behind the music that makes my music different and as for quality we are the best."

What kind of advice would you offer those younger than you and those who want to aspire in music?

"Nothing good comes easy, every day is an opportunity to make a difference in your life, community and home so make wise decision, think before you act, prioritize and don’t limit yourself. Music is life and life is fragile so take care of it. My advice is don’t be afraid to try new things, use music as a tool to tell your story and spark."

Is There Any Other Career that you’d like Aspire In?

"Yes of course I’m a man with many talents, I’ll never bound myself to just one possibility, I studied marketing management at Boston College and the reason behind that was to venture out to Media Law. The Industry at large i feel like it lacks knowledge of how actually things are done. No matter how connected or talented you are, you can’t progress without information and knowledge on what you have chosen to peruse. So I want to teach people to protect themselves and understand better that you can make a business out of your God given talents specially art"

Do You Believe In Black Empowerment?

"I think the question for me would be ''do black people believe in being empowered? Yes? No?''. Empowering someone for me means giving someone power to make decisions, depending on my understanding of being empowered it will mean something different from each and every one of us. But Black Empowerment is Vital for both the current and future generation, and to me it means educate blacks about self-love and information."

Is there a quote/saying do you live by?

"Impossible Is Opportunity"

KingLay is currently working on his EP to drop in 2019 titled Refugeenius and has worked with the famously known DJ C-Live on his smash single Taba Tsao, his working with Siyashezi as a producer, 2019 has been a great year for KingLay as he has also managed to produce theme songs for the new show on SABC 1 Mzansi 4sho (Verified), Mzansi Magic and More.