This Weekend on Mixed Emotions Radio Show – January 25, 2015
Aloha! So, last weekend’s show was, by far, the best one yet – well, minus the minor hiccups and 3 billion ‘ahs’ and ‘uhms’ I kept uttering throughout the show of course (which, according to some ‘friends’ of mine, made me sound like an oh-so snobbish zulu sports reporter) – Hmm, still don’t know how to react to that statement, exactly, but I am glad to see that people I know, personally, support the show, nonetheless. Otherwise, the over-all feedback’s been great and, for that, I’m very grateful – trust me when I say, I’m deeply humbled and I appreciate the love. Anyways, about this weekend’s show:
In the this week’s Made in Africa feature – we’re shining the spotlight on Rising South African House Producer / DJ , Cuebur :
It’s not often that the story of a highly regarded producer starts with a nerdy 14 year old that is obsessed with hiphop. This, however, is how the story starts for the talented Cuebur. As a young teen growing up in Mpumalanga, Nicholas Mboweni now known as Cuebur, was passionate about computer studies, hiphop and beatboxing.
Never did it cross his mind that one day he would be a successful producer of House music. And he definitely never expected to release his own successful albums, be signed to a local and international label, produce collaborations with Grammynominated artists, see his tracks top radio charts or perform on flashy stages with big names.
After receiving his first PC, Cuebur’s House revelation began. As the only kid in the neighbourhood with a PC, Cuebur was the onestopshop for all digital requirements. One of his friends, DJ Xola, would often visit him with his own equipment and vinyls to record mixes. Leaving this equipment behind, Cuebur was swiftly enticed to try his hand out at what it takes to produce his own tracks. Always returning with the latest music, Xola played Cuebur a song that would completely sway him into the House direction. This specific song was Kerri Chandler feat. Monique Bingham In The Morning.
From this moment on, Cuebur started producing his own tracks under the watchful eye of Xola who offered continuous suggestions on how to create these sounds. His first release which started to gain popularity and airplay was his track “Pepe”. This release got the attention of DJ Shimza and several other big names in the industry. After successfully completing school, Cuebur moved up to Joburg. In the City of Gold, success started to build up for this young man.
Besides being mentored by Shimza, he was also approached to include “Pepe” in DJ Zinhle’s compilation album. Having his own track featured on an album really served as inspiration for Cuebur to start pursuing this hobby as a profession.
With a newly sparked ambition, Cuebur was awarded a bursary to study music production through the Soul Candi Institute of Music. His favourite parts of the course included music theory, music business which really expanded his skill set. While a student at SCIM, Cuebur entered a competition where the student who produced the best track would be featured on the Soul Candi Sessions album. Needless to say, this is where Cuebur got his big break and his track “Walk a Mile” was featured on this highlyregarded album. With this great accomplishment also came the honour of being named the SCIM Student of the Year for 2010. As a graduate of SCIM, it was also a great honour for him to be recently named the school’s official ambassador.
His own releases quickly followed with his debut album being launched in December 2010. Cuebur had his own disc included in the 3disc compilation album, Candi Roots Vol. 1, alongside DJ Mpoza and DJ Hypnosis. His second album to be released was ‘Awakened Spirit’ which was followed by ‘For Headz Only’. ‘For Headz Only’ was released locally through Soul Candi in in 2013 and then released globally through Defected/Soul Heaven in 2014. The album took Cuebur only 2 months to put together and features collaborations with artists like Thandi Draai, Marissa Guzman and the Grammynominated Vikter Duplaix. Cuebur’s production sound is an everevolving one which can be described as a soulful AfroBeat with a techno style that features a strong tribal flavour.
With regards to the other segments on the show – there is:
Album Spotlight – which features Da Capo‘s latest self-titled offering – and we’ll also attempt to Bring Back Disco – with a smooth selection of disco tunes from the likes; JF, Toro Y Moi & Shindu.
You can catch all this (and more) LIVE on Sunday January 25, 2015 on www.africancrestradio.co.za or stream on mobile by visiting www.africancrest.ndstream.net. Otherwise, if you miss the live broadcast you can peep the podcast by using the Mixcloud playlist as they are uploaded shortly after the live broadcast – visit the archive here to listen to every show recorded at African Crest Radio TV studios.