Art is Truth
I inhabit a world coloured and expanded by the men and women seeking to communicate talents contained outside of institutions, talents that are taking the art world to new and exciting heights, the next level with enough room for myself and others alike to be more than just artists but also unlimited expressionists, voicing out heart-felt emotions and lessons of life.
Tumelo Kgwathe, better known as DJ SistaMatic is originally from Soweto moved to Inner City Johannesburg, South Africa. Was born into the Hip Hop culture and embracing all elements ended up with deejaying which began at Club Metropolis 154 Market Street, Joburg under the mentorship of DJ Blaze, Hip hop veteran and DJ extraordinaire.
As a young black female deejay I have made quite a name for myself through the art of scratching as well as a signature track selection which I prefer to describe as unique mix of underground gems, old school classics and only the finest of African rap music. A SistaMatic set is non mainstream yet musically appealing, non typical rather pleasantly unpredictable.
I have had residential slots at various clubs in and around Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town. Have and still do enjoy regular park jams both in the city and e kasi.
References, features and collaborations_>
> Laced scratches and cuts on Wanda Baloyi's debut album, Voices
> Scored two stage plays at Wits and State Theatres directed by Kgafela oa Magogodi, namely
> Main subject of SABC's Project 10 documentary Mix
> Subject in females in hip hop documentary, Counting Heads
> Voted by the Star Newspaper, one of the top 10 influential young people in Johannesburg 2003
> Have had several slots on YFM, Metro FM, Alex FM
> Regular Stage acts with Yugen Blakrok, Dynamic Shapeshifters, Endz the Otherness, Omega Zephyr
> Guest DJ at the Ghent Film Festival in Belgium (2006)
> Guest DJ at the Super Sonic Hip Hop Festival in Amsterdam, Holland (2006)
> Guest and DJ at the Hutus Film Festival in Rio De Janeiro, Brasil (2008)
> Guest and DJ at the Mozambique Hip Hop Awards (2008)
Most recent gigs:
> Rap Core Back to Basics 6 April 2013
> Jammin n Ting Music Festival Ficksburg 28 March – 1 April 2013
> Terry King's Birthday Party at the American Embassy 26 May 2013
> Feminine Touch Series 30 May 2013
> Basha Uhuru Freedom Festival at the Constitution Hill 13-15 June 2013
> Wits Arts Museum Afterhours 2 August 2013
> Black Cube Sessions – Alex theatre 3 August 2013
> Spit your mind – Tembisa Vintage Store 25 August 2013
> Next Move – Dube Soweto 1 September 2013
> 1love 1heritage – Constitution Hill 24 September 2013
Regular sets at:
> Kitcheners Braamfontein every Sunday with Jazz Band, Planet Lindela
> Resident DJ at Fly Machine Session, Sunnyside Pretoria