DJ Lyaness is one of Zimbabwe's leading DJs with vast experience in as far as the club circuit and live shows/events are concerned, she ...

DJ Lyaness is one of Zimbabwe's leading DJs with vast experience in as far as the club circuit and live shows/events are concerned, she has also had stints on radio and Tv. The talented wheelspinner won the Zimbabwe Female DJ Clash in 2015 within 2 months of learning how to DJ! To add to that, she landed a radio contract less than a month later. Dj Lyaness plays hip-hop, conscious, dancehall, rnb, soul, naija and house music. She has toured extensively all of Zimbabwe's major cities and the region the Southern African region at large.

Apart from being a dj, she is also a dancehall and afro- fusion singer, a thought columnist leader and a fashion designer who founded the labels like ‘Badness’ and ‘Rissa Elle’. 
She advocates for equal participation of women in all sectors so they may take up Leadership positions and was the first elected student mentor by Sally Women's Institute in conjunction with Women Democracy Network. 

She is a member of the Indigenous Business Women's Organisation and a Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Alumni.

Urban Craft magazine had quite an insightful chat with the wheelspinner/singer who is in the process of releasing a brand new single in the coming weeks. Below is how our conversation went.

Word on the street is that you are releasing a house track with Mzoe 7, would you mind shedding more light as to how this collaboration came about?

[D.L] Yes, Mzoe 7 and I are releasing a track, we have always supported and encouraged each other in our line of expertise, till we decided it was time for us to do a collaboration because variety is the spice of life and I wanted to challenge myself musically as well.

What is the name of the song itself and what does it talk about?

[D.L] The song is titled ‘Monate’ and it talks about having a good time and forgetting our worries. We both shared the belief that this song would bring some form of mental, emotional, spiritual relief to our fans especially during this Covid 19 pandemic, and life in general.

Being a predominantly dancehall artist, what inspired you to dabble into house music?

[D.L] I wanted to challenge myself musically because I have a wider vocal range than I have let on in my previous dancehall projects, and since I'm also based in South Africa the main musical genre of interest and influence is house music and so I became fond of it as well and decided to try my hand at it with my trusted pal who is already making waves in the genre and with a guru of a producer on board like DJ Shakes, it boosted my confidence.

Is this a once-off track or can we expect to see more house tracks coming our way in the near future?

[D.L] I am at a place in my musical journey where I want to expand my horizons and challenge myself and demand more of my gifts and talents, so you can definitely expect more music in this genre from me.

At the end of the day what do you hope your fans will be able to take away after listening to this song?

[D.L] I hope my fans will be uplifted and entertained and encouraged to let go of things they cannot control, avoid worrying unnecessarily and enjoy their life. It is all about having a good time because there is no repeat button on life, the time is to live NOW and you might as well enjoy your life rather than wasting it worrying and elevating your blood pressure.

Being an artist, how have you kept yourself occupied during this pandemic?

[D.L] Being an artist I have taken this time to reflect on myself and my journey in the music industry so far and have harnessed my growth and transition from being a DJ to an Artist, drawing inspiration from various music genres and finding my own style in the genres I think are suited to my voice. I'm doing a lot of vocal training as well and learning about song writing according to specific genres. I am also getting inspiration by researching musical greats and their journeys in the music to guide me and keep me inspired.



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