DJ Kead parties with the best

HARARE - Bulawayo's turntables’ kid, DJ Kead who used to wonder why local nightclubs were not as upmarket as those in neighbouring South Africa, is a happy man because there are such clubs now in the City of Kings.

“Every time I went down South and saw those glitzy clubs with magnificent disco lights, I became jealousy and dreamt of a day we would have them in Zimbabwe.

“My dream came true last year when Club 263 was opened here in Bulawayo as it had everything I had yawned for — the high quality equipment and dazzling lights. Johannesburg was on my doorstep and luckily I was the first DJ to be hired by the club,” said DJ Kead.

The youthful DJ who will turn 30 next year does not hide his admiration for Devine Assignments director Biggie Chinoperekwei’s ideas when it comes to showbiz.

“It is not even about the money invested in the clubs he runs here in Bulawayo; it is about his vision and his ideas at face value may sound impossible but he pursues them.

“I have a lot to learn from him and I appreciate his thinking outside the box. When he decided to turn Cecil Hotel’s lobby into a club, people laughed it off, but he saw his vision through and today we have Club Connect which is very successful.

“When he said he wanted to create VIP booths in Club Connect, people did not believe him but today Club Connect has more VIP booths than any other club I have known. He carries through his ideas and it has worked magic for his investments,” said DJ Kead.

Today, DJ Kead is one of the resident DJs at Club Connect and he says he joined the joint by default.

“When one of the resident DJs migrated, management looked for someone who had worked under Devine Assignments who could handle well the club’s equipment so they asked me to double my showcases at Club 263 and Club Connect until a time they thought I had to be resident only at Club Connect.”

Compared to when it opened this year, now Club Connect boasts of a diversified audience.

“In the beginning it was more of the class but as we penetrated the showbiz arena we now receive people of all walks of life; people who enjoy the good times and the good music.

“We used to have more chairs for people to sit, but that is all gone, there isn’t much space for chairs now,” said DJ Kead.

He believes Club 263 and Club Connect were not established to steal clients of other nightclubs.

“No, it is not the aim. Club 263’s motto is ‘Get used to choice’, hence we were giving people in Bulawayo a choice while Club Connect’s motto is ‘Connecting people with music’.

“The clubs are a game changer in Bulawayo because it is because of their presence that beer prices have dropped on the entertainment circuit. We offer value for money and the best in terms of entertainment which is amplified by the clubs’ ambience.”

Born in Bulawayo, the youthful DJ started showcasing in 2003 playing at schools’ talent shows where he could carry his cassettes.

“Serious DJ work started in 2007, since then the sky has been the limit and I continue to work hard.

“At Club Connect I connect professionals from all fields to the music — that is an important element of my work and I love doing that.”

As he grew up, DJ Kead used to collect a lot of music.

“In the beginning I was collecting everything that came my way. My other brother used to listen to 2 Pac, BIG while the other one liked Bob Marley. My sisters listened to R&B and I loved Kwaito music. So my collection was so varied.

“My neighbourhood also influenced me, hence I had the whole Freddy Gwala collection — I also collected the music of Oskido, starting with his album 1st Commandment which sparked my interest to later listen to hip-hop.”

And DJ Kead not only spins the turntables.

“I am a fully-fledged musician. I have got a lot of music out there but it is unfortunate that in Zimbabwe a lot of people do not understand certain types of music.

“You have super groups like Mokoomba whose music Zimbabweans could not understand, but the music has taken the whole world captive. Same with the music I play, it will be accepted one day.”

DJ Kead does not want to talk about his marital status but he is happy to share us his experience dealing with beautiful women in clubs.

“Yes, women throw themselves at me but I have to be responsible and always I remind myself that I am at work and this is my job. In the 15 years that I have worked in clubs, I have seen others succumb to such temptations but luckily I have managed to resist.

“At the end of the day it is about my life and profession. My aim is to open my own events company — that is my goal at the moment and nothing else.”

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