By Tšepang Moletsane
Maseru, Feb 20 (The Night’s Watch) – Local female DJ Limpho Mochone, better known by her stage name, DJ Lym, will on February 28, release her debut Amapiano single Shotty Mashoto featuring Chocolate Soul and Lemekoane.
“Shotty Mashoto is an Afro-House song which falls under the South African Sub-Genre Amapiano,” the three musos announced in a joint statement on Thursday.
Shotty Mashoto, the trio said, has similarities with music made by Kabza De Small, Dj Maphorisa, Kaygee DaKing, Jobe London and Semi Tee.
“The song is at 112 Beats per Minute. It has a typical house music drum rhythm,” they said.
The song is kwaito-inspired, tribal house-infused and has the elements of deep house.
It has a constant repetitive saxophone stab that plays throughout the song.
There’s a consistent synthesized pad sound that also plays throughout the song.
DJ Lym, Chocolate Soul and Lemekoane said Shotty Mashoto was driven by an old school-house log drum bass that is similar to kwaito and the early 1990s bass patterns.
“This bass is what gives the song its Amapiano feel,” the trio said.
Shotty Mashoto is a banger dying to be heard on late-night dance-floors.
Its vocals are delivered in Sesotho and English.
It takes an old Sesotho nursery rhyme and converts it to a song about the South African “Blesser and Blessee” phenomenon – a form of transactional sex in which older rich men (“blessers”) tend to entice young women (“blessees”) with money and expensive gifts in exchange for sexual favors.
It is a song about an older man who uses the electronic funds transfer method popularly known as an E-Wallet, to spend money on his younger girlfriend who ran out of money while at a party.
Like typical Amapiano songs, this song is very energetic but very simple in its production.
The sound which is known as Amapiano, according to Prospect, is a mix of deep house, gqom all mixed in with the jazzy, soulful sound of a piano.
Who is DJ Lym?
Hailing from Teyateyaneng (TY) in Berea, DJ Lym has come a long way from her start as a novice in 2013; two years later, in 2015, she became a resident DJ at Cloud Café – formerly known as Litaleng.
In 2016 she participated in the fifth edition of the Vodacom Superstars talent search competition in which she clinched the fifth position in the female DJs category.
The illustrious Vodacom Superstars competition was a ground-breaking initiative by the giant mobile communications company Vodacom Lesotho aimed at unearthing and promoting music talent in the country.
DJ Lym is one of the female artists one cannot afford to be clueless about.
Her music is flawless and her blends are mind-blowing.
When she gets on the decks, the mood at the gigs instantly hits an unequalled peak, everyone takes to the dancefloor.
She is one of the few DJs that can leave the whole crowd wanting more.
In the few years she has been in the industry, she has more than earned her stripes.
She has shared stage with many prominent and big acts from South Africa and has been booked in many big shows in and outside Lesotho.
Her idols are South Africa’s DJs Zinhle and Black Coffee. NW