United Kingdom-based wheel spinner DJ Khanda Cool real name Ngqabutho Mpofu is set to return to Bulawayo for a gig after being locked down at “Old Blighty” for two years.
He is set for a one-man show dubbed the Kanda Cool party with DJ Khanda Cool at Cosmopolitan night club on 7 January.
He is part of the Cava De Kulca, a London-based Southern African radio show which has hosted a number of African creatives on their platform including Major League DJs, Xavier, Loyiso Gola, Tammy Moyo and many more.
The DJ who has a soft spot for Bulawayo said he missed the city so much and playing for the Kings and Queens of koNtuthu will revive his spirit.
“Nothing is greater than to be at home. I missed the city so much and I couldn’t play or travel to Bulawayo because of the lockdown. I love Bulawayo and everything in it and it’s great to be rocking the decks once more at Cosmopolitan,” said DJ Khanda Cool.
He said his set for the gig will be more mature and he will start his set by throwing back a bit of old school music fusing it with the local current content as well as AmaPiano.
As he accepted his music calling in 2005, the lad who is also a song writer will play some gems from that period.
“I used to be the first to have the latest songs and hearing all the latest music was a passion of mine. I was in the church choir for a couple of years, so that’s where the songwriting came in.
“The earliest memory was in 2005 when I first heard My Lady Soul House remix. I think from that point I became a music junkie and I was obsessed with it.
“As I will be performing, my set will be characterised by songs from that period because that is the moment that shaped me,” said DJ Khanda Cool.
He is not that much involved in music production but his deejaying inspiration comes from the likes of Black Coffee, Shimza, DBN GOGO and Nitefreak.
Given an opportunity to share the stage or decks with other Bulawayo creatives, he said, “I would love to have a dream show with Nitefreak, Ryan Synth, Bryce and Msiz’Kay.
“Also, I would love to infuse the new sound of the city with our greats like Vusa Mkhaya, Berita and Bekezela. I think that would make waves catering for the older generation and the new generation. It would be a synergy that can never be recreated,” said DJ Khanda Cool.