Ikhenani won Kwaito's best album award. Last Friday, DJ Tira released a new album (a clear sign that the holiday season is coming). Ikhenani is full of 17 songs that we'll keep memories of next summer. The title of the album Ikhenani means Canaan.
As you know in the Bible, there's Canaan, a place where you'll find gold and silver and all that good stuff. So, on the album, I take people to a place where they're going to have a good time, says DJ Tira in the album notes for Apple Music. Focusing on one of the best DJs, record producers and recording artists, DJ Tira, who since his debut has released top-notch albums, singles and collaborations and has helped discover South Africa's best talent. The artist, one of the best artists in the House genre, has made a name for himself and for his brand.
He is known for hits such as “Thank You Mr Dj “, “Woza La “, “Malume” and “Makoya Van Best. DJ Tira spoke to VIBE about the changing DJ landscape, the eternal power of gqom and the process of re-introducing himself and South Africa to the world. As for figures who come from different backgrounds and who are more committed to following and image to promote their careers as DJs and less on skills and talent, Tira says that she hasn't seen many DJs of that type grow up who take the profession seriously. DJ Tira is a South African disc jockey, record producer and kwaito musician from Durban who was born as Mthokozi Khathi on August 24, 1976 in Kwahlabisa Village, KwaZulu-Natal.
Gqom has already gone global, but DJ Tira was one of his main followers of the sound of the municipalities of Durban, South Africa, which spread all over the world. DJ Tira pioneered Durban's house and kwaito scene in the early 2000s, transforming the coastal city into the center of dance music and entertainment in South Africa. Later that year, DJ Tira signed with the Kwaito group Big Nuz after they moved from Johannesburg to Durban. Ikhenani is predominantly gqom, a subgenre of house that DJ Tira adopted when he gained popularity in the country and in some parts of the world in recent years.