I’m a huge fan of skopas/ amakipkip/ majakathata. My chipped teeth are the product of this lifelong, not-so-secret love affair with these snacks. So, when I saw the name, DJ Skopas, I knew I had to take a bite into his music and surely, I got hooked.
Firstly, I had to know why he named himself after my favourite snacks, “Well, when I was growing up I used to like the kasi snacks called amaSkopas. So, I ended up being called ‘Skopas’ because I used to buy those a lot. The nickname stuck from childhood till now.”
Looks like skopas snacks were not his only childhood love. “Music is actually my first love,” he confesses. Skopas is a music producer, composer, pianist and a DJ.
“My passion for music started at the tender age of 10. I’d listen to the radio and record mixtapes using old cassettes. I knew then that my gift was bigger than me and had to be shared with the world,” narrated DJ Skopas.
Born Mxolisi Molefe almost twenty-seven years ago in eastern Johannesburg in a town called Vosloorus, DJ Skopas’ music is as addictive and delectable as the skopas snacks!
DJ Skopas recalls, “I started following DJs around from 2006, among them are DJs Fofo, Boo and Hlonki.”
“Unfortunately, I couldn’t be much in the vibe life because, I was young and had to focus on school. Then in 2010, I was given a chance to work with Cherry Groove.”
DJ Skopas added, “I then moved to Homies Entertainment. Thereafter, I worked with Hlonki. As from 2015, my focus was building my brand and working solo. I purchased a sound system and built my own home studio which made things easier for me.”
His journey doesn’t end there, “Early 2021, I was given a life-changing opportunity to join Built To Last (BTL) Entertainment and it has been an amazing journey!”
Mxolisi has released 11 singles to date and released his first EP on the 18th of this month (June 2021). The 4-track addictive EP titled ‘Equivocal Sounds’ was produced by musical guru, Mpho ‘Styles’ Kodisang. This EP is a must-have for every music lover.
“I call my music Soulful Piano”.
The 4 tracks on Equivocal Sounds are Lutho, Woza, Ngik’jongile and Nguwe Mdali.
On Lutho, DJ Skopas featured the talented Refiloe Mokoena.
Listen to Lutho:
I instantly fell in love with Woza, an uncanny, well-woven and easy on the ear ditty which was already a party favourite only hours after release. Featuring another gifted vocalist, Sihle Kubeka, Woza has the potential to be a hit, even in the pandemic.
On Ngik’ jongile and Nguwe Mdali, DJ Skopas featured songbird, Vuyokazi Tshaya.
“As a producer I’ve worked with many upcoming brands… like Vuyokazi, Sphe, Lerato, Mpumi, Cansoul, Gilano and Styles. They’re all great musicians and they’re coming up with a bang.”
Skopas describes himself as a, “very kind, humble and career-driven human being who enjoys making people dance with his touch of good music, that is Soulful Piano”.
His producer, Mpho, describes him as ‘fresh, young talent’.
I guarantee you that this young man is going places but, don’t take my word for it. Listen to Equivocal Sounds on all digital platforms, the proof of the pudding is in the eating or in this case, the proof of the Skopas!
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