Sessions x Blanka Mazimela

Blanka Mazimela brings the beat

Born in Dutywa in Butterworth, Banzi Mazimela moved to Cape Town as a lad where he then spent his formative years tapping his pen in class to the beats he made up in his head. 

Influenced by his father’s diverse taste in music and his eldest brother’s love for house, it was infact his uncle’s terrible babysitting that was the catalyst for Banzi becoming DJ Blanka. At just 14-years-old Banzi snuck into a party after his uncle had told him to wait in the car, and making his way through the crowd found himself looking up at Vinny Da Vinci, enthralled by how the DJ was able to get the crowd to move to his beat. 

After playing his first gig on a pair of CD players, the self-taught DJ went on to be mentored by Ryan Murgatroyd, and has been obsessed with finding his own unique sound ever since. Today Blanka’s life is all about gigs, festivals, residencies and supplying mixes for Umhlobo Wenene, Bush Radio and Good Hope FM. The producer is also Head Music Production Lecturer at the Soul Candi Institute of Music, a role that make his schoolteacher parents proud.

For the first of our new video series, Sessions, we invited Blanka to play a live set for The Way of Us, and he was happy to oblige, bringing in three vocalists - Korus and Zanele - to sing over his beats, with Matthew Meyer doing visuals and sound and technical gear supplied by the fine folks at KilowattAV. Shoutout to Nick Gordon for the film work, Dale Scogings for the edit and Sexy Groovy Love's Shaun Michaels for pulling this all together. Press play and start the party.