Zambia’s Geshgroove!!!

23 Oct

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My love for the continent began with my time as a presenter and producer for Studio 53, a Lifestyle magazine show that was aired on MNET. Through my work travels I had the wonderful opportunity of travelling the continent, exploring its rich traditions and cultures and the best of it all, creating and cementing fruitful relationships with people that I can now call family. One relationship is with my brother from Zambia, Chishala Chitoshi Jnr. We were introduced when he became the official Zambian presenter and producer for the show. On my first trip to Zambia, the whole cast and crew was flown into Lusaka and travelled the country broadcasting different stories and highlighting the countries, tradition, culture and food.

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August 1, 2008 saw the entire African operations of Celtel being rebranded from Celtel to Zain. This marked the end of the Celtel Brand. Celtel was a telecommunications company that operated in several African countries. The ceremony was hosted in various African countries, Chishala and myself compered the Zambian cross over. The event took place at a VIP gala event in Lusaka, Zambia.

Since our early days, Chishala has worked hard on his brand at becoming one of Zambia most highly rated exports as an emcee and international DJ.
Chishala is a qualified lawyer and decided to pursue his first love, that being music. Whilst studying at university, he learnt the ropes as a dj and soon earned the nickname, Geshgroove, which is his stage name up to date. He worked at The Zambia National Broadcasting corporation radio presenter, from 1995- 1996. He worked at Radio Phoenix, radio presenter and producer, 1999- 2006.
He has played in many venues across the world from Australia, to the United Kingdom, South Africa and of course Zambia. In South Africa, he has become a resident dj at News Cafe Randburg, where he has played to full houses.

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He founded his own radio station called FlavaFM, in Kitwe, on the Copper belt. Flava FM 87.7 is a broadcast radio station from Kitwe, Zambia, providing hits from way back, including 1970s and 1980s R&B, rock, house, jazz, soul,
You are now able to download the FLAVAFM App from the Google Play Store, Apple Store and Blackberry World.

Chishala then saw a need for training and passing the baton on so he founded The DJ Academy. It has been in the forefront of securing and promoting events involving International artists.

Apart from possessing 3 sets of state of the art Public Announcement & music equipment, they also provide video filming & editing services and projector & screen services and have a very large collection of music covering a wide spectrum of musical tastes – from African and Zambian classics, hi-life, township jazz to gospel, motown , 60’s rock n roll, 70’s & 80’s disco to everything contemporary – to name but a few.

They also have reputable Master of ceremonies for hire for corporate & social events.

The DJ Academy Zambia is a professional arts organisation that offers a range of DJ courses for absolute beginners to advanced DJ’s. The DJ Academy Zambia has since promoted and tutored many students and professionals into the field.
With access to some of the world’s finest DJs and tutors, along with a proven curriculum, they teach all the necessary skills and techniques, not just in DJ’ing, but also tips on how to develop a successful DJ Career with their learning experience.
The in-depth courses provide technical know-how as well as practical knowledge. So if you are a young artist or an upcoming artist, TheDJ Academy Zambia is the place for you!

DJ Courses
The Dj Academy Zambia offers you absolutely the best and offers you training with various and flexible courses, as mentioned below:

BEGINNER’S COURSE
CDJ Course (CD Console)
A Course for beginners teaching you from scratch including brief theory helping you understand and learn the art of DJing. The basic course gives you an introduction to the equipments and covers all the modules which are required to become a DJ.
The second half will include Beat Matching, Mixing, Looping and more other basic techniques. The basic would take 15 working days. (2 hours every day). Time could be fixed as preferred.

PROFESSIONAL COURSE
CD Turntable
This course also called the VINYL DJ Course which includes an all new art & technique like sampling, basic scratching, advance scratching and also to do the same on turntables using LP’s, 45s and 16s. This is an advance course training to the students to play and master turntables. The Professional Course would be for a duration of 1month, 2 hour class every day.

To commemorate Zambian Independence Day, Geshgroove will be playing at two venues in Johannesburg South Africa.

On Saturday 28 October, he will play at NewsCafe, Randburg from 21h00. On Sunday 29th October, he will broadcast live, 14h00 to 16h00, from Katjushas Lounge in Bryanston. 277 Main road, Cramerview, Village centre, Bryanston JHB.

To creating more #PanAfrican synergies, this week we salute our sisters and brothers from Zambia.

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