Phenomenal DJs with different visions can be found in all corners of the country, and a nineteen- year- old DJ Heavywise (Wisemen Iviwe Mtolo) is striving to keep informal settlement kids off the streets through entertainment.
DJ Heavywise is based in the Thabo Mbeki informal settlement. Out of his love for music, Heavywise ventured into the entertainment industry at the age of 12 while he was a student at Lion Park Primary School in the settlement. He later moved to Blue Eagle High in Cosmo City. He has shared a stage with well known performers like Dj Ankletap and DJ Mphulo of YFM,Biblos, Sjava, Mobi Dixion, and Dj Spelete.
“When I was in primary school,”DJ Heavywise said, “I developed a love to be behind the decks. I and my friend used to draw decks on paper in class and start playing music pretending to be DJs.”
DJ Heavywise said when he was at high school his passion grew and he never looked back as he wanted to bring change in informal settlements. He plays different genres of music including Soulful, Deep House, Commercial House, Gqom, Dance Hall and Hip-hop.
“At first, my father was not happy with my passion because I used to get home at late hours,” he said. “It was a challenge because I did not have my own equipment and I used to visit local taverns to see other DJs playing. Things positively changed when I met DJ Tsholo who gave me lessons and a platform to showcase my talent. Now everyone is proud of me in the community as I try to keep kids occupied.”
Whenever he performs, he gives children advice on how to nurture their talent and enjoy it without the influence of alcohol.
Besides being a DJ at Cosmo FM, Heavywise is an actor, photographer and event organizer. He is currently working on an event called The Red Cups and Hubbly Experience to be held at Momes Place in Lion Park on the 1st of December. The event will see the likes of Jovislash,BYG, DJ Phatpro and Mega Drum.
“The event is aimed at raising funds to further my studies next year and open opportunities for my community,” Heavywise said. “I will be studying Music and Production at Boston College. My aim is to start different, positive projects for the youth of Thabo Mbeki informal settlement.”