The dogs bark, but the caravan goes on — that’s what South Africa-based, Nkayi-born music producer DJ Zwesta SA (Zwelihle Mathe) has to say to those who once labelled him a one-hit wonder.
To prove he is progressing in his music career, Zwesta released a single Uzobuya featuring Tomie and it has since proved to be a success ahead of the release of Zwesta’s first ever album set for September.
The song, which was strategically released on South Africa Broadcasting Corporation radio stations Ukhozi FM and Metro FM, is set to rock Southern Africa.
So charmed were the two radio stations by Uzobuya that they invited DJ Zwesta to be a resident DJ.
For the whole month of March, Ukhozi accommodated Zwesta as a resident DJ for their afternoon drive time show Sisonke mix by Mzokoloko and Mroza.
On Metro FM, he was a resident DJ for the Kings Drive show by the duo of the Kings of the Weekend (DJ Spectacular and Naves) on 22 March.
From his base in East London, Zwesta said the achievement of Uzobuya so far was a testimony that he is back for more.
“When the streets called me a one-hit wonder I just brushed it off because I knew what I was doing. However, it is normal for those who started to notice me from Lashona Ilanga to call me such because that was the first song that they knew from me.
“Previously I had Rafiki featuring Nkwali and We Rise featuring Yasirah Bhelz and Mnce, these are also hit songs that are familiar in Mzansi but when people get to judge you, you just keep quiet,” said Zwesta SA.
His combination with Tomie will be witnessed on another song that will be part of the album.
“It’s an open secret that I am back in the studio with Tomie as we are creating another song. We are also working on a music video for Uzobuya that will be released earlier than my first ever album in September,” said Zwesta.
As he intends to retrace his Bulawayo roots, Zwesta is scouting for talent that will feature on his album.
“I am hoping to feature a good artiste from Bulawayo because I know talent and quality is there. So, on this project I want to accommodate creatives from the city so that they gain more exposure,” said Zwesta SA.