FROM tavern employee to Nelson Mandela Bay’s finest DJ. That is the story of Nqaba Boyce, 20, who was crowned “king of the decks” at The Herald/Hansa Battle of the DJs at The Godfather Supreme at the weekend.
Boyce, who goes by the name DJ Nqaba, said yesterday it was through sheer determination and an inquisitive mind that he beat some of the Bay’s top DJs.
“On Wednesday, I will celebrate my 21st birthday. This has come as an early birthday present,” an excited Boyce said.
The Missionvale resident, who had a tough upbringing, started working as a general worker at the Toast Tavern in Kwazakhele in 2000 and realised over the years that his talent lay in spinning the discs. He watched other DJs at the tavern and learnt from them.
Nomasundu Galloway, who took in DJ Nqaba after his mother and grandmother died, said he was a disciplined and inquisitive young man who had deserved a second chance.
“I would not have taken him in if he was not a good child. Those who grew up in similar circumstances simply give up. I am very happy for his achievement,” she said.
On Saturday, Boyce’s determination paid off when he beat 10 DJs – narrowed down from 60 who performed at four venues around the Bay – to walk off with a coveted three-month contract at The Godfather Supreme and 10 Hansa prizes worth R15000.
The competition was stiff, but the judges based their decision on the choice of song, audience response, transition and level control and technical abilities, Sinamva Dlabantu of Daring Media said.
“It was packed and the result was incredible. We have lots of talented young people.
“We hope to turn this into an annual event in the future,” Dlabantu said.