Shisaka launches Jozi studio
11 January 2019
. . . recruits top producer PTK
SHISAKA Entertainment has opened 2019 with a bang following the opening of their new recording studio in the eastern Johannesburg suburb of Kempton Park on Wednesday afternoon. To further show their seriousness they have recruited one of the pioneers of Zimdancehall in producer PTK who was born as Michael Murumbi.
“The recording studio plans have been on the cards for a while. It is my wish to develop the Zimdancehall genre into an international brand like any other. The Nigerians have made it, Kenyans, South Africans etc. As Zimbabweans no one will do it for us if we don’t push ourselves. There are so many talented young artists in the genre who need exposure and we will be giving them an opportunity,” said Tapuwa “Boyaman” Shiridzinomwa who runs Shisaka.
He has been credited as one man who has uplifted the lives of many Zimdancehall artists in South Africa. Many have played at his House of Shisaka which has become the foreign home of Zimdancehall in South Africa. In some instances he has paid airfares for stranded artists who would have been duped in Jozi.
“My main aim is to make Zimdancehall competitive. We have been making enquiries with broadcasters such Trace so that we can have our own Zimdancehall Top 10. At the moment that is not possible because we only have a few Zimdancehall videos but I have faith we will also be able to produce music videos for our artists,” said Shiridzinomwa aka Boss Taps.
Work started immediately at the state-of-the-art studio with PTK releasing his first project with the Boyaman Riddim. The first artist to record was Trinta of the Chikuru Rudo fame. Trinta made a strong comeback after having been in the background for a while. The talented chanter is now based in Pretoria.
Killer T, who landed from Australia the same day also got to the studio and recorded a jam. It was a hive of activity as South African based artists such as Loud H and Chad Chellart were also there to record. The Shisaka Studio will however be open for all music genres and nationalities but the main focus is Zimdancehall.
He was born on 11 May 1992 in Seke Communal Lands where he went to school at Madamombe Primary at the beginning. He started music production in 2009 after his O Levels and failed to go for A Levels owing to his love for music. He has been to Vimbai School in Chitungwiza and Batanai Primary School in Mabvuku. He then did his high school in Mbare where he met with Seh Calaz, Killer T and Kinnah with whom they started the music business.
He has two elder brothers Tendai who stays in Mabvuku and Nobert who is based in Cape Town. Both his parents are deceased.
Nicknamed “Ghostrider” PTK has produced a number chart-topping riddims such as Bodyslam, Mbare Riddim, No Mercy among others. He has worked at Bodyslam Records, Gunhill, Ke Nako and Platinum among others. He is also a singer in his own right and has performed at a number of shows.
“I am a professional music producer but I am still learning and it is always something special to be part of a new venture like this Shisaka project,” said PTK who says it can take him only 15 minutes to make a good riddim.
“I have interacted with a number of artists who have gone on to be big names. Big up Boss Shisaka for trying to develop new youths. There is so much talent here in Joburg watch out for what we will cook here at Shisaka,” said the father of one who named his child Michael Murumbi Jnr.
Meanwhile, Killer T will open the 2019 Shisaka Entertainment calendar tonight with a show at Innocent Pub in Kempton Park. He will be at the House of Shisaka tomorrow night in Yeoville.