Sabelo ‘DJ Sabby’ Mtshali recently turned 25 and is making waves in the entertainment industry. He shares his journey with Asaman
What is the one stereotype you absolutely hate that has been placed on men of zulu decent?
That we are all always angry, short temper, cheaters and are about the polygamy life. It is also sad that most people have made it seem that the taxi business is for Zulu men. Those are just some of the things I can think of right now.
Do you feel your upbringing was based more on a traditional or religious outlook or were the two merged?
I will have to say that I come from a family that has always allowed me to find answers to all my oddity. My family has always ensured that I am aware of all my customs when it comes to family tradition and with religion, we are Christian and that is what I have believed in ever since I was a kid. I do have questions on some aspects to it but I do believe in my traditional values and religion.
But to answer your questions, the two have always been in sync from day 1.
Define your understanding of manhood
Being there for your family, ensuring that they never have to suffer when you are around.
Offering direction to people you consider close to you and steering the ship on a path that is for the benefit of everyone. Be a leader and not a dictator.
Have a relationship with your kid that is beyond monetary value.
Offer support in your community and assist people with skills that will empower them in the long run.
Be a pillar of strength when the world seems to be falling apart.
Respect women, they are our ribs and ribs give structure to the chest you push out with pride.
Pride doesn’t make you a man but respect for others does.
Why the entertainment industry?
You might consider this cliché, but in all honesty entertainment chose me.
Do you feel men in the industry can be considered good examples for the coming generation (please give at least one example)
Yes. There are several men in showbiz that have shown young people that you can make a career of entertainment and still be able to hold the forth at home.
Men like Proverb & DJ Fresh, have been able to show that through hard work and consistency you can succeed without losing touch with home. I am not saying it is easy, but from what they post up on their social media platforms, it gives me hope that when I become a family man, my career and family can be balanced.
The age old debate regarding the lyrics in most popular music being demeaning to women? What are your feelings towards this?
This is topic that is so deep and any words I choose to define this might not be enough. Unfortunately money and women have always been lined up in the same line in show business as means of generating revenue. Most men feel like having both, money and women is their idea of reaching your pinnacle of success and that is not true.
Then you have men who are totally against that. Women deserve to be respected and also women must stop labelling all men as dogs because there are men out there that are good to their women and it is not fair to label them dogs when it is not true.
What do you as Sabelo want to be remembered for? Describe your ideal legacy
I would like to be remembered as the best to ever do it! He was never about competition with anyone but he was always challenging himself because he knew what he was capable of achieving.
I was performing on a live music radio platform when I met DJ Sabby, as he was the host of this particular show. We linked up on social media and this is where I began to see just how hard this young man works. Many have relocated to ‘the big city’ with the hope of achieving ‘big things’, but very few put in the work required. What I have seen in DJ Sabby is a manifestation of the popular saying “What you put in is what you get out”
You can put in a lot of work and hours into any project. This does not mean results will be immediate. Learn to be patient. I believe God’s time is the best time.
Photography by Aaron & Hur