LeraJones spin disks

DISC-JUGGLERS Lerato Moloi and Tebogo Seyaphi are fast building a reputation in a field dominated by men.

DISC-JUGGLERS Lerato Moloi and Tebogo Seyaphi are fast building a reputation in a field dominated by men.

The DJs, known as LeraJones, have proved that they have what it takes. Both are currently studying at Boston Media House and are rocking many clubs.

LeraJones specialises in deep-house, deep, lounge and jazzy house.

"We are not into commercial house. We play deep house, which is the music that is played by DJ's such as Christos and China.

"Our philosophy is to teach people music whenever we are on the stage. Your music is your résumé," says Seyaphi, whose stage name is Ms Jones.

They decided to work together last year because they wanted to break into the dog-eat-dog industry.

Seyaphi says: "I liked Lerato's style when we met in 2007 at Yfm in the Vinyl Junky Queen for the Month of August competition. I suggested it to her and she loved it."

Moloi says she was drawn to the DJ industry after watching Reddy D.

"I used to watch the Phat Joe Show and I was impressed by Reddy D playing in the show. Then I joined the Spin-Around Academy in Rosebank and I learnt a lot there."

Moloi says her first professional gig was in September 2005, when she played at the opening of the academy. She later joined Jozi FM as a resident DJ playing in various shows.

Seyaphi says she grew up with music . "We had a tavern where they played all kinds of music."

Despite the challenges facing female DJs, LeraJones has done well.

"Women face challenges but the biggest one is that you have to double your efforts whenever you are playing," says Seyaphi.

Moloi says: "Another challenge is that it is difficult to build your own brand like male DJs can. Always be on top of your game."

LeraJones say whenever they play, they make sure that their mixing, sequence and track selection is up to scratch.

"We humble ourselves on stage and let the music do the talking."

On a good month, they do 10 gigs. Watch out for their debut, Femme Sounds Volume 1, soon.

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