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DJ Stavo, Sandy court Professor

An undoubtable hit maker he is. He always brings that unique Kasi (ghetto), gangster and Kalawa magic in every record he is in — turning it into an anthem that bangs the clubs and air waves and potentially wins awards.

By Sindiso Dube

South African and multi award-winning kwaito artist Professor has been credited for making certain artists and groups popular by featuring on their songs that made them rise to prominence, the latest being Stiff who are known for their monster hit Umcimbi.

Professor was recently in Bulawayo where he brought the house down with his energetic and hits filled act.

The self-proclaimed Queen of Zimbabwean music, Sandra Ndebele has roped in the Unobenga hit maker, DJ Clap from South Africa and Harare-based and most sought-after producer Oskid into the studio for a collaborative effort titled Lizwile.

To show that she is taking the regional collaboration seriously, Sandy has also shot a video for the song by Andy Cutta, which will be released this year.

The yet-to-be released song was sampled by Sandy recently at the Babes Wodumo concert in Bulawayo and from the crowd’s response, it is a potential banger.

“I was introduced to Professor by a close friend of mine who knows him personally and getting him into the studio after the Skyz Metro gig was easy,” Sandy said.

“He is such a humble person and a workaholic. I have always wanted my music to cross borders and a feature with Professor might be the key to luring a regional audience for the brand Sandra Ndebele.

“The track is part of my upcoming album that I will release next year. I have a number of collaborations lined up for the album and all is going well.”

One of the tracks on the upcoming album titled Ingoma featuring Afro-pop musician Mzoe7 is doing well on local radio stations and also on the Trace Africa television channel.

When Zimbabweans got excited after seeing pictures of Sandy and Professor in the studio, DJ Stavo surprised the nation when he announced that he was releasing a song with Professor dubbed Ngcela Uvume.

“My friendship with Professor goes way back and we actually recorded the song last year in April and we have been keeping it for the right time, which is now,” said DJ Stavo.

“We are planning on shooting a video for the song end of this month and it will be out as soon as the director is done with his magic touch around end of October.”

DJ Stavo has in the past worked with the late Mandoza, Shota, DJ Bucks and Uhuru, as well as Zues from Botswana.

Will the collaborations raise DJ Stavo and Sandy to international stardom? The collaborations come at a time when local musician Jah Prayzah is making a name for himself on the global music platform. Jah Prayzah has collaborated with continental music heavyweights like Davido, Diamond Platnumz and Mafikizolo.

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