DJ Tira To Turn Bloem Into Cannan

Last week Friday, DJ Tira released a new album (a clear sign that the festive season is close by).

‘Ikhenani’ is packed with 17 songs which are likely to make good memories this summer.

Bloemfontein revellers will get their chance to dance to the beautiful album come October 12 at the Bloem Affairs Music Festival to be held at VIC Centre. 

Day one of the event sees Caba Cannal, DJ Stokie, DJ Jaivana, Surprise the DJ and Stone Candi serenading fans.

The second day sees Gqom heavyweight DJ Tira leading the pack alongside King of Amapiano, Kabza De Small. 

Tira confirmed his attendance, saying fans will finally get to the hear Ikhenani which means ‘Canaan’ live as they’ve been requesting.

“Fans have been asking for it and we are bringing it to them. Bloem will never be the same again,” said the excited Gqom king.

Reflecting on the title of the album which has been well received on the market, Tira said: “As you know in the bible, there’s Canaan, a place where you’ll find gold and silver and all those good things. So, on the album, I’m leading people to a place where they’re going to have a good time.”

Moving away from his traditional sound, the disc jockey’s latest offering is of genres that music fans never expected to find on an album by one artist. Gqom, amapiano, hip-hop, maskandi and gospel all co-exist on the project.

Tira has been at the forefront of South Africa’s house scene for what seems like an eternity having started back in early 2000s when he was still part of Durban’s Finest.

The producer, artist and label head has refused to get left behind as time progressed and music naturally does the same.

“As time evolved, I had to do the same. The industry has grown and new sounds have been introduced and as an artist, despite having my own signature sound, I had to evolve and cater for the different markets out there and that is what has kept in the game for so long,” said Tira.

Asked about heading to the City of Roses, he noted, “One thing I realised about playing in the Bloem is that expectations are always high and it’s important to meet them. I can only promise to give music lovers a memorable night on the day and hope that they enjoy themselves.”

Organisers of the show expressed great satisfaction with the response received since its announcement early this week, with the show trending on various social media platforms.

“We’ve put together a solid lineup featuring both national and local acts and the fact that fans are excited about it means we’ve struck the right balance we were hoping for,” said event coordinator, Joseph Tseki.

By: Thapelo Molebatsi