Small town of Zebediela big in every way
ARNOLD Mokgotlane, also known as DJ Menace, is quickly establishing himself as a strong brand in the entertainment industry. Sowetan talks to him about his place of birth, Zebediela.
Born in Polokwane, in the small town of Zebediela, DJ Menace came into the showbiz scene through dance.
He started dancing at a very early age when he took part in a variety of dance genres, including ballroom, pantsula and modern dance.
He has danced for the late great pop diva Brenda Fassie, Mavusan, Tronix wa Lefatshe, Penny Penny, Mia and many more.
He is also a founder member of the once popular band known as Tramp Joy, who rocked the nation with their slamming tune titled Four to the Floor.
Last year he joined Beyoncé Records where he released his album, GollyWood.
We talk to him about his place of birth, Zebediela.
What do you like about Zebediela?
Zebediela is full of respectful people who are good company. As a young man, I've learnt a lot of things from the people of this place. Their attitude and way of life have groomed me into the responsible man I am today.
Favourite restaurant in Zebediela?
Wimpy is where I get my breakfast when I'm lazy to cook. It has a very special place in my heart because that is where I meet most of my friends.
Water Land night club is a place I would confidently invite anyone to visit. It is where people jam. This is also where the beautiful women of the village are.
What makes Zebediela great?
The talent . The place has given birth to music greats like Steve Kekana and Lazarus Kgagudi. A lot of young stars in Zebediela grew up idolising them.
The beautiful thing about the people of Zebediela is that they appreciate talent.
Favourite Shisanyama in Zebediela?
I love Andy's Pub. They have nice food and the place is vibey. There is no way that you will not come back fulfilled after a visit because you not only eat good meat, but you meet people who appreciate you and there is a chance of getting a gig or two because it is frequented by influential people.
Where would you take a tourist out for entertainment in Zebediela?
I would take them to the orange farms. Zebediela is famous for its delicious oranges.
More than 40-million oranges are harvested every year in this area. It is believed that the harvest is so great that it is sufficient to provide one orange for every eight people on earth.
The place is named after a Ndebele chief of the area nicknamed Sibitlela.
Favourite restaurant you would take your family on a quiet night out?
Raging Bull in town. They have the best traditional food. It is a famous spot for tourists. It has highly rated local food. The place is also run professionally.
Self-cut at Bonga's Salon and Barbershop. It is a nice chilled place that is taken good care of.
A lot of local guys cut their hair there so you get to meet people you have not seen for a long time for a good chat.
Zion Christian Church, passionately known as ZCC, is where I go. I am a proud member of this profound church.
It is a very popular church in the province. It has a very rich history. What I like about the church is that it is a true African church that is independent from the control of the Western system.
- This article was first published in the printed newspaper on 30 July 2012