DJ Lyaness drops dancehall single

HARARE - Larissa “DJ Lyaness” Makahamadze, one of Zimbabwe’s leading disc jockey, has released a dancehall single called Badmind.

The high-riding DJ, who is also a fashion designer, said the just-released single, produced by DJ Tamuka at KeNako Music Studios, was motivated by a real-life situation.

“I was inspired by a close friend who back-stabbed me. That is how Badmind was born… I then noticed that this problem also happens to almost every human being at one point in their lives,” she said.

DJ Lyaness is hopeful that the song will offer encouragement to people in similar situations.

“Badmind is a song about avoiding and ignoring negative influences, be it from people, the environment or political issues. It rather encourages people to focus on the positive side of things.

“It invokes a spirit of self-confidence and conjures up an enigmatic aura of self-reinforced positivity,” DJ Lyaness said.

The affable artiste is currently working on the video for the song which she hopes will change the face of dancehall in Zimbabwe.

The ambitious DJ Lyaness is already looking beyond Zimbabwe. She is lining up duets from different regions as part of her strategy to penetrate the international market.

“I am liaising with artists from different regions about collaborations,” said the rising artiste, who was recently appointed as brand and marketing manager for Zimlive.

DJ Lyaness is hopeful that her work in music and fashion will strengthen her quest to penetrate the male dominated fields of dancehall and deejaying.

But how did her journey into music begin?

“It all started when I wanted to do a rap song and somebody suggested on my creative blog that I must do dancehall. I followed a friend of mine who is a dancehall DJ on several of his shows to enable myself to get a feel of the genre.

“One day I got bored from listening and started learning how to play music using the simplest DJ software.

“When I was selecting on my own, some people at the event suggested that I must enter a female DJ clash. So after two months of deejaying, I won the 2015 Female DJ Clash,” DJ Lyaness said.

Thanks to her success at the DJ clash, she landed a one-year contract with a local radio station less than a month after the contest.

Initially, her slot ran for 30 minutes but was later increased to three hours after it received positive feedback.

“I have been a club DJ for the past two years and I have also shared the stage with top artistes at some events. I have shared the stage with the likes of Oliver Mtukudzi, Jah Prayzah, Suluman Chimbetu, Killer T and Winky D,” she said.

DJ Lyaness, who along with the equally good DJ Naida are giving men a run for their money, derives inspiration from South Africa’s Nigeria-born DJ Waxxy.

Like most artists, DJ Lyaness, the last born in a family of three, initially struggled to get her parents to endorse her career choice.

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