By JEANETTE RAMOLULA
Photos by: Siphosihle Oliphant
As the rest of the world was spending time with their loved ones on Valentines’ Day, House music lovers gathered at the National Botanical Garden in Pretoria where one of the biggest House music concerts, Campus House, was taking place.
The event was kick-started by DJ Skeelo who welcomed people as they walked in with his music. He was then followed by a young lady by the name of Holly who got everybody on their feet with her dancing. 19 year old Holly stated that she started singing at the age of 13 and she has since fell in love with house music.
Crazy White Boy were also among the headliners for the night and they played one of their classic songs ‘Love you better’- that had the crowd dance and sing along, resonating well with the special day for lovers. Crazy White Boy was then followed by one of the legends of house/kwaito music Oskido. Oskido, founder of Kalawa Jazmee, has played a very instrumental role in the careers of numerous artists such as Bongo Maffin, Mafikizolo, Black Motion and Uhuru amongst others. Oskido is currently working with the first ever South African X factor winners, Four, and when asked when going to release he uttered one word with a smile, “soon”.
When DJ Shimza got on stage, a new atmosphere in the crowd was felt. This was an appreciative mood of his music as he also played one of the biggest hit songs in December, Koze Kuse by DJ Merlon.
Dj Shimza was followed by the ‘god of house’ as one student referred to him, Black Coffee. Upon his arrival, there was a loud response from the crowd and a sense of relief after they had waited long in anticipation for his performance. Even though he did not play for long, the crowd was satisfied with the bit they got. One lady who had missed the Campus House Tour in Durban and had subsequently traveled all the way to Pretoria, described Black Coffee as a pure genius that has outdone South Africa in terms of his music.
As the saying goes, all good things come to an end. House music is one of the biggest music genres in South Africa and we are truly grateful for it. What better way is there to spend Valentine’s Day than a sonic night of house music with the likes of Shimza and Black Coffee? This was definitely a day well spent for all the house music lovers.
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