INGENUITY has paid off for a group of clever Nelson Mandela Bay DJs who combined forces a few years ago to enable them to complete their studies.
Today the group members – now aged between 28 and 38 – include a medical doctor, a quantity surveyor, businessmen and a company director.
Ayanda Sokhaliwe, a businessman and still also a DJ from New Brighton, yesterday recalled the beginnings of what he calls “the brotherhood” of the Most Valuable Players (MPV).
“Back in the day we used to chill together,” he said. “But then we realised that some of us still needed to complete our studies and there was no money to do so. It was then we decided to offer our services as DJs at events and parties.
“Whatever we got paid went towards the members’ study fees.”
Other members are DJ Chris Mbori, Pila Matshaya, Lungelo Yili, Tshepang Setipa, Wandisile Mjuza, Luvo Nqikela, Luzuko Qoba, Xolile Nomala, Yanga Lili and Takeo Mavunga.
They say their effort is true to the Xhosa tradition of ubuntu, meaning “we are through others”.
Hankering back to the old days, they still get together, mainly for charity work. “Last time we were involved in the fund-raising event after a fire at the Chris Hani settlement. We supplied DJs, sound and sound engineering. We plan to do more charity events that will benefit the less privileged,” Sokhaliwe said.
“Our aim now is to teach others how to fish, instead of just handing out fish. We have decided to spread our wings by working with other DJs from around the Eastern Cape.
“Our aim is to put our province’s entertainment scene and its personalities on the map so that the people here can learn to appreciate their own talent.”
As part of this, members of MVP also plan a campaign to build up support for Eastern Cape talent by local people.
“It’s important to support local musicians, DJs and artists. If not, the other option for them is that they go to Johannesburg and look for greener pastures and then they are lost to us.”
MVP have gigs tomorrow at KwaNgqoka and Billionaires in New Brighton.