This week we bring you some contemporary South African flavour frm YFM's hip hop DJ Zero.
Born in Soweto, Leon Dumisani Themba, more popularly known as DJ Zero, headlines YFM radio's Saturday evening party slot (tune in on 99.2 FM or online at yfm.co.za) with a show that is all about positive Saturday night vibes, from nostalgic feels and classic hits to fresh new mixes and new local talent. Sometimes hailed as 'DJ Zero the Hero' his weekly Saturday night slot emphasises uplifting tracks and a dedicated hip hop sound.
He's been in the DJ business for more than a decade and has shared the decks with some of South Africa's biggest names including DJ Black Coffee, Oskido, DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small.
Here are his ten essential albums to listen to during the lockdown.
DJ Fresh - Fresh House Flava Vol.1 (1998)
This album played a part in me falling in love with music, I think for me this was an era where House music got more commercial than ever.
This album came out in 1994 and made me fall in love with Rap/Hip Hop. What I loved most about this album is how B.I.G spoke about his life and you literally could understand everything and some people could even relate.
I don’t have a lot to say about this album but the fact that it created a lot of love (not for me) for a lot of people to fall in love with Drake, who is one of the best Rappers/Singers we have in the world.
This album is just amazing, especially because of how it came from a young musical genius. What I love most about it is how involved Nasty C was, from producing to writing songs, it’s amazing how talented the kid is.
Now this one is just on another level! Kanye West made church become cool. He made it easy and cool for me to play Gospel music (even in clubs) and I now can worship God even when in a turn up mode, that to me made my 2019.