Elvis Maswanganyi, better known as DJ Mujava, is a South African DJ/producer responsible for one of the biggest tracks of 2008, "Township Funk". The low budget video was a Youtube sensation
with its scenes of street dancing, and was picked up by Warp
immediately. Mujava got his start in the Kwaito scene of Pretoria while still at school. He was signed with Johannesburg label Sheer Music and has gone on to mix on BBC Radio 6 for an episode of 6 Mix hosted by Iyare.
Elvis Maswanganyi (1987) hails from a Pretorian township called Attridgeville, where he was raised in a family of seven. An older brother bought Mujava the computer he learned his production skills on. The Pretoria based community stations played a huge role in supporting DJ Mujava’s music, as well as local taxi drivers and bar owners, who reportedly flocked to Mujava’s house requesting CDs.
Cry, a Gospel producer who had an independent company called CSP, suggested Mujava try a house project. The pair founded a company called House Therapy Productions. Maswanganyi worked with different artist within House Therapy Productions, producing music for the likes of Bujo Mujo, Casablanca (DJ Floit), DJ Cee, Getto Skwatt (Hip Group), Simon Makhatholele (Gospel), and Tsala & Spoko. Maswanganyi has released five albums: House Assignment 1 & 2
, Bass & Drums 1 & 2, DJ Mujava presents Getto Skwatt, House Rawkers
and DJ’s by Nature
. Sheer Music has recently released DJ Mujava's latest album, DJ Mujava Pretoria's Exclusive V1.
Maswanganyi's single 'Township Funk' was a Youtube sensation. The 120 bpm Kwaito house track
became huge in Europe and the UK, and the low-budget video of street dance in South Africa became a viral phenomenon.
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