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Gunz: Bulawayo’s turntable star

Beats that are mixed by DJs have become the backbone of South African showbiz and the trend has waved into Zimbabwe, giving the current crop of local DJs confidence to exhibit their creativity.

DJ Gunz, who is also known as Gunwilder, is enjoying this new wave and taking advantage of his experience that spans over a decade to give his fans exciting selections.

Born Arthur Mtuke, the disc jockey spreads his wings wider into the arts industry through events management and graphic designing.

He is also a close assistant to musician and comedian, Babongile Sikhonjwa when he performs.

Having shared the stage with a number of internationally acclaimed disc jockeys, Gunz, however, says the entertainment industry in Bulawayo lacks innovation.

“Things have become very monotonous in the city,” said the 28-year-old DJ in a wide ranging interview with StandardLife&Style.

“Almost all clubs have to feature a contemporary dance group as part of their entertainment package. There is need for innovation.”

He said the Ballers League, a group of disc jockeys of which he is a part, has tried to eschew from that trend by coming up with different themes for shows they host every weekend so as to give revellers “something different”.

They also bring in disc jockeys from neighbouring South Africa.

“We have brought into the country Oscar “Oskido” Mdlongwa, DJ Fresh, Black Coffee and DJ Tira among others.”

He said he had also had an opportunity to perform with most of Mzansi star DJs that come to perform locally.

“I have learnt a lot from them, especially how to please a crowd. They have a unique style of communicating with the crowd and making sure their audiences are kept entertained,” said the soft-spoken disc jockey.

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