After a decade in the game, Tshepang Motsisi alias DJ Izzy (29) has probably seen it all, done it all and wants to challenge and change the local industry status quo . Through his tenure as a DJ and radio personality, the Ramotswa-born native has survived the cutthroat radio gig without any written warnings – a fate many in his forte failed to achieve. Through his illustrious radio and deejaying career, Izzy has hard the coveted chance of showcasing his skills in international platforms such as the Big Brother Africa (BBA) house and has also bagged a few awards both locally and internationally.
His meteoric rise to stardom has also been largely rewarded as he managed to move from the graveyard shift to a well-deserved prime drive time slot on the urban youth radio station, Yarona FM. Fast-forward to today, many now wonder why all of a sudden his brainchild idea #TenUp has become popular to greater heights despite it starting as a close beat affair in the suburbs of Phakalane at the then Boulevard joint.
It was during last year’s Babes Wodumo’s sold-out gig held at Molapo Stanbic Piazza in Molapo Crossing, Gaborone when Izzy realized the fans were crazy about his set despite having been categorized as an opening act for the latter.
At this gig, Izzy confirms that he was paid around P5, 000, probably 20% of the whole sum paid to the South African one hit wonder, Babes Wodumo. Since that day, September 29, 2016, Izzy made a promise to himself that he will take the same date and make it a Botswana affair through a 100% local line-up themed #TenUp.
“I was gatvol with the international acts who come to our country and take our money. They fly in, spend a day in the hotel, perform and leave immediately without even having interacted with their fans. In my 10 years on radio I have seen our music grow and I know we can become the best if we support each other. For instance, I performed at the #TlatsaLebala, a 100% local gig with 100% local line-up and guess what, the stadium was filled to its rafters hence why I have Kast coming to support our gig too.”
Quizzed about his consistency and relevance for the last decade, Izzy highlighted that it has never been easy but he drew courage from his peers who had followed their ‘parents’ chosen career paths. The Bachelor of Sciences (BSc) University of Botswana (UB) dropout said even though he is not competing with his peers, who have now turned out to be lawyers and engineers leading lavish lifestyles, he uses this to inspire and work even harder.
“I started radio with OBK and he now lives in the US as a Chemical Engineer when I chose to follow my passion and I have no regrets whatsoever.”
Explaining the model of the upcoming show, to be held at Stanbic Bank Molapo Piazza on September 29, Izzy said the show will be different from the usual and random local gigs. He added that the security company engaged for the #TenUp gig has implemented a floor plan dubbed the 5-minutes strategy exit route in case of any emergencies.
The Botswana Olympiad, Nijel Amos who is a close friend to Izzy paid tribute to his friend with an expensive Irish whiskey before shining accolades on him. Izzy last year produced a song dubbed “Nijel Amos” as an honour towards his bosom buddy’s contribution to athletics.
“It’s always encouraging to see a young and consistent individual working harder. Last year I brought took Izzy to my family after he performed in Marobela and I got to learn and be inspired by his sheer drive,” said Amos.
The #TenUp show will see Botswana’s top 10 artists and DJs performing, as well as a surprise act who is expected to be released on the day of the show.
The line-up feature Kast Stallion, Ozi F Teddy, Vee Mampeezy, Raptured Roots, Ban-T , Veezo View , BAXON, Eskimos, SCAR and Chubbito while DJs include Ashley Alexander, T-Man, Easy B Sesupo , OZZY the GREAT – MR YUMMY, DJ CUPID, Owen Rampha, Robin Chivazve and Brando Keabilwe, Neo Moahi (Dj Root), Dj Kuchi and Strictly House Bound . Tickets sell for P100 to P2, 000 and are available at all Computicket outlets.