Local DJ lives American dream

SHARE   |   Monday, 19 October 2015   |   By Ontametse Sugar
Dj Spax-Vybz in New York Dj Spax-Vybz in New York

When some of his mates stayed in the country to pursue whatever courses that they wanted, Ketshephamang 'DJ Spax-Vybz' Baleseng wanted something different. He was born and bred in Botswana before taking off to New York (USA) to pursue his dreams. He went to study Music in Production and DJing at Scratch Academy. It has been 10 years since he landed there and with hard work he has created a name for himself.

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He is a DJ, Producer, Promoter and Event Planner who spearheads the LET'EM entertainment Inc – a company that has been doing a great job of booking other Southern African and Global celebrity DJ's for special guests events in the USA. Two years after settling in the Big Apple he had already started making a name for himself as an up and coming DJ  playing in different venues and events across the Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and Bronx. "The crowds loved it," he said. Shortly after that in 2008 he brought together his own fleet of DJs and music production experts to form LET'EM entertainment, derived from his surname in Setswana Baleseng.

The company gained a good reputation of hosting parties in New York City. The company also offered state of the art professional sound equipment for rental as well as CD production capabilities which according to Spax made them unstoppable. Last year the company was incorporated as a fully chartered corporation that is liable to solemnly NY tax code in accordance with New York State Law. Some of the African heavy weights that he has booked and hosted in the USA are one of South Africa's finest DJs Black Coffee, Culoe De Song, DJ Shimza and DJ Presca. From the local talent he has hosted artists like DJ Boogie Sid, Ms Kels DJ, Groove Cartel and Zeus whom they are currently working on a song together.

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Under his belt DJ Spax-Vybz has two long players where there is 'THE GATHERING' featuring Brown Sugar on the market under CYBERJAMZ Records in USA. So far The Gathering has received a positive feedback from the audience both in Botswana and the neighbouring South Africa. The track has scooped number one in the Gabz FM show Groove Cartel Bights. His second release also for 2015 is called ‘Be my Lover’ featuring Fearless Boys and Kafele, which is under Nulu Records. In all his songs he shows his versatility and his talent for creating Afro, deep, melodic, and soulful stripped back house tracks.

He said the Nulu philosophy is one that allows the artists or producer to be totally open and free in their creations in various sounds, ideas and styles about music. The single ‘Be My Lover’ will be released on Nulu Movement ADE compilation this month. This will then offer the local DJ the opportunity to be part of the ADE's renowned festival in one of the busiest and most inspiring clubbing cities in the world which is Amsterdam. "The programme features the biggest artists on the planet alongside fresh, upcoming talent and everything in between," he said. He said this covers the whole spectrum of electronic sub genres. He also annually hosts the Botswana Independence bash in Washington DC where the Botswana embassy is and also the annual Miami Winter Conference Afro Takes Miami.

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The decision he made 10 years ago to attend school and work in USA changed his life completely. Not many children get enough support from their parents to go and study the creative arts, but Spax's parents inspired him to maintain high expectations for himself. "They taught me never to say 'I can't' at anything I try," he said. Even though he is now established there, he faced challenges on the way. One of the main challenges was working to make everything right. He doubled his drive and work load and perfected his craft. He said it is not a matter of being in a foreign country but rather it is generally difficult to establish yourself as a musician.

In a foreign land it will even be harder. One of the challenges that he still faces is that of the artists that he brings from Botswana to USA because he still has to pay for them from his own pocket. Spax said he misses Botswana all the time and wants to make both USA ad Botswana his homes, easily commuting between the two. He will be home this festive season and will perform in Botswana and South Africa.



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