DJ Lakeman takes local music scene by storm

Vuyisile "DJ Lakeman'' Makeleni from Thaba Nchu. PHOTO: LEBAKENG NKABI

Vuyisile Makeleni, a vocal artist and a club DJ of Morolong in Thaba Nchu, better known as Vuyisile “DJ Lakeman”, has two smash hits under his belt already.
The freshest jam is called Party, which follows hot on the heels of a track called “Strumm Anthem”, which has launched Makeleni into the world of music.
Makeleni says it was never easy for him in a “dog eat dog industry” but perseverance and hard work made him withstand all the challenges and enabled him to release these two smash hits.
Makeleni was discovered in 2004 during a talent search at the Mmabana Cultural Centre in the Thaba Nchu’s CBD as a member of a kwaito group called Gangsta’s Paradise. The group performed at different festivals, but later parted ways to pursue different careers.
Makeleni told Voice that the recognition and support he gets from his community is very overwhelming, but he is working his “socks off” to get international recognition.
“My love for music started in 1999 while I was doing Grade 5 at Tshipinare Primary School here in Thaba Nchu. As lead vocalist for Gangsta’s Paradise, I had the opportunity to showcase my talents. As we grew older, we parted ways and I started to focus on my solo career in piano and production in 2005.
“My journey as a DJ started in 2009 when I released Strumm Anthem, which launched my career. I have worked with local artists such as Keylow on a song called Muntu wam and with Roots on a song called Mama. In 2015 I had an opportunity to play at the Macufe Cultural Festive,” said Makeleni.
Makeleni is set to release yet another house music single. He is currently studying part time towards a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering at EWC Ekurhuleni West in Gauteng.
For bookings, call or WhatsApp Makeleni on 084-389-917 or send an email to vuyisile-lakeman@gmail .com. He is also on Facebook @ Makeleni Vuyisile Lakeman Papa.