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A Quick Word With DJ Cleo!

Written by Brown Shuga from the blog SHUGAS BLOGIWOOD on 18 Sep 2008
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DJ CLEO ....is there anyone in South Africa who doesn't know him? Well, DJ Cleo is one of the best House and kwaito DJ's in SA and he's the owner of independent record label, Will of Steel. 

Cleo seems to have developed more "confidence/arrogance" in recent times as you will read from this chat but ke I still dig him anyway and that's why you are reading this....
The following statement was taken from his website,
www.willofsteel.co.za and it would be interesting to hear what all you house fans have to say about it. 

"It is not an overstatement to declare that DJ Cleo is the benchmark against which everyone else is measured as far as House music here is concerned and the talented Superstar takes this ordainment very seriously."

I don't like house music but I love Cleo's music because it's not that "deep house" nonsense, it's music I can actually sing along to and enjoy.
 

Enough about my thoughts, here's what Cleopas Monyepao had to say.....

Brown Shuga: A lot has been said and written about you, how would you define DJ Cleo in one word?
DJ Cleo:
Extremely talented and strong enough to outrun all these playa-haters.................oh *bleep!*, u said one word. Here goes..."indomitable"!

BS: Ok Indomitable, where did all begin for you?
Cleo: It all began when i first made my toy guitar in 1988 using an old oil tin can.
BS: And have you always wanted to be a DJ?
Cleo: No, until i discovered it in 1996, the art was then reinforced by the inception of Yfm in 1997 and i was exposed to more house music and dj's. 



BS: Okay. What do you think has been the biggest contributor in making you the successful "brand" (sorry Cassandra)  that you are today?
Cleo: Just understanding that i can be a brand, I focused on it and my talent. I also studied the industry extensively when i was still in high school. 

BS: And given a chance, is there anything about your career/life you would change?
Cleo: I would change the rate at which people pirate our music, as for my life, it's fine the way it is. 

BS: How important is it for you to be nominated for any award?
Cleo: It was at first until i found myself 5 years, 10 hits and 2 hit albums into the music industry with no award or certificate, then I gave up. Only when I had given up did the awards start flying my way. 

BS: Do you think the Channel O Music Video Awards mean much to South Africans?
Cleo: Of course! Especially to me coz that my 1st award ever, ever, ever in 2006!

BS: So have you been any canvassing to get fans voting for you in the awards?
Cleo: None whatsoever, i never have. It feels so good when u win knowing that u put no effort into it, but the effort u put in was in the creation of the music.

BS: Nice. Now, you have been quite a tabloid regular in recent weeks. What do you think made you so popular with them all of a sudden?
Cleo: More hits more problems. I'm successful.....very. Many get paid to write bad *bleep!* about me by my peers who can't make as good music.  Also, when u make a lot of money at an early age and don't suck-up to anyone to succeed, these kinda things happen.
But...what these idiots don't realise is that, they cant destabilise me with their stories. They can't take away my talents either, people dance and buy my music, not my reputation.

BS: Wow...that's interesting. Now moving on, some of us felt the “dog” article that made headlines was just purely vindictive and had no basis whatsoever. What were your thoughts on it?
Cleo: Exactly that, I love girls and they love me too, im the most wanted baby father! LOL

BS: Umm...okay! So did you really have a fight with Mavo just  becoz he used your perfume???
Cleo: My parents raised me well. You want something..u ask. He had no right going into my bedroom, he was my artist not friend or brother........and now he's history. 

BS: Hahahah so Arthur yena? Will you ever forgive him for what he did do to you? (
Stealing his song)
Cleo: Never, he's a disgrace to us black people. He's a nincompoop. 

(okay, I had to google that word

BS: In your own words, why did you and Brickz split? 
Cleo: His contract lapsed, that's it! Everything else he says was purely coz he was bitter that he squandered all his wealth. 

BS: How did the songHow Low Can You Go
come about?
Cleo:
Kabelo has always bugged me abt working with me and when the chance came he grabbed it, besides, we get along very well. 

BS: Brilliant song by the way.
DJ Cleo: Thank you so much, that's what I do for a living, force accolades out of people and make'em dance. 

BS: Jerr, wa phapha hle, you didn't need to force that outta me, I meant it! So what do you think of Nigeria's P Square?
Cleo:I think they rock, i would definitely not mind working with them. 

BS: I'm sure the product would be "indomitable". All the best for the awards broer!!
Cleo:
Thank u! These awards also give other up and coming musicians across africa something to work towards, so big-up to Channel O!



.....Ja noh, that was DJ Cleo for you and I'm speechless.

If you would like to vote for him in the Best Dance Video category for the Channel O MVA's then visit the Channel O website 
www.channelo.tv 




46 Comments

Mr-Fix
17 Sep 2008 17:22

LOL, eish mara CLEO. Talk about being full yourself. y didn't u ask him gore all dis yrs did he think blond hair suits him?

Brown Shuga
17 Sep 2008 17:32

Heish Mr-Fix, I even forgot to ask about the "retirement"!!!!

Nasty
17 Sep 2008 17:41

I know you watch big brother Shuga, did you hear the guys go on about how Cleo is a pussy And a faggot, why did you not ask that!! i am disappinted you dont have the balls..!!

Firstdvd
17 Sep 2008 17:41

Yeah, the guy is indomitable indeed...I like house because of him...Thanx Gaad he's not a blond now!

Brown Shuga
17 Sep 2008 18:03

Nasty I didn't ask him abt the gay thingy coz he expected the question, everybody's asked him abt it bt most importantly, I didn't ask him about it coz his sexual orientation makes no difference to me and it certainly does not make him less talented. If that makes me a 'no balls' what what then so be it.

Sam2say
17 Sep 2008 18:10

Im glad Im nt the only one whose up nw, got a lot of work to do.

Brown Shuga
17 Sep 2008 18:18

What work S2S? Am going to bed though, so g'luck with it hey!

sweetie my baby
17 Sep 2008 21:32

most importantly, I didn't ask him about it coz his sexual orientation makes no difference to me and it certainly does not make him less talented. If that makes me a 'no balls' what what then so be it

i'll drink to thar! lets stop it w' trying to drag cheap, nasty tabloid bullsh!t into tvsa - this was a great interview that got to the heart of the man. i know DJ CLeo - he's a hard worker, reslient, and doesn't take nonsense- and a lot of nonsense has been dished his way. when that happens, you develop a kind of 'well, f' it then, i'm gonna do what i do best - and f' the bullsh!t" then you start coming across as arrogant, when what it is is self-belief and confidence.

if shuga had brought that ish up, it would've just killed the interview...

nice one girlie -he's one of the most misunderstood guys in the industry - and actually quite a sweetheart.

MADENZA
18 Sep 2008 00:18

BS we missed your interviews, its a great int u did here not asking him all the ish he has been asked all his interviews

Cande
18 Sep 2008 00:58

Well done BS, and i like you reason of not asking about his sexual orientation...
I wish you could have asked him about retirement though, eish DJ CLEO wa rocka maan, cant he throw 3 more albums before he "retires"??

Best-Achiever
18 Sep 2008 01:09

Talk about being sure of your talent, Cleo is absolutely sure of his talent ..i like that

"It is not an overstatement to declare that DJ Cleo is the benchmark against which everyone else is measured as far as House music here is concerned and the talented Superstar takes this ordainment very seriously."

he is talented yes, but i find this statement somehow undermining other house musicians

Toodecent
18 Sep 2008 01:30

Straight to the point ....I loved reading this article. Well he is one creative being never loved his music until after that song that had opera or something.

carino
18 Sep 2008 02:27

Eish.... now this is the BS we love and cherish... great interview...love your reason for not asking about the gay thing too...

"It is not an overstatement to declare that DJ Cleo is the benchmark against which everyone else is measured as far as House music here is concerned and the talented Superstar takes this ordainment very seriously."

he is talented yes, but i find this statement somehow undermining other house musicians
 

I dont see anything wrong with the statement... It boils down to Branding and Marketing.... 
Its just the same as when Varnish says it's the only bleach that works... though we know there's Jik and others.

 

Da Rebel
18 Sep 2008 02:38

Cleo Rocks!!! Arthur Ma "Fake" doesnt come close to ma boy Cleo!

Nice one Shugs!

baby snizzzzzzzzz
18 Sep 2008 04:13

I strongly agree with you mtshana arthur can do wateva he want,but sheeem am so sorry soze alenze ixesha ku cleo......cleo iz da man he does it all for mna mncwaaaaaaaa keep up the goodwork...

Shadow
18 Sep 2008 05:28

I dont want to sound like a broken record, but great, to-the-point interview. Im a huge Dj Cleo fan/groupie (yep..).
I'm thinking of buying his latest album one of these days. Anyone that can comment on whether it lives up to Cleo's reputation of 'dishing of hits'???

njingalwazi
18 Sep 2008 05:33

Cleo's tha boss!

Toodecent
18 Sep 2008 05:38

I didn't like the way Brown Shugga/Lelo's interviews with So You Think You Can Dance on RGB was cut shot just for people who can't sing National Anthem. Lelo, can you tell RGB producers to give full 5 minutes on the show>> Send an email to real@goboza.co.za and tell Paul; Viv how much he sucks LOL good luck.

andi01
18 Sep 2008 06:11

@ BS- you should have asked him about me LOL, his girlfrriend mo tvsa LOL, great interview, I love the ?Nigga

Nasty
18 Sep 2008 09:25

Ijooo! wa mphoxa so Shuga!! ke eng , do you have a thing for CLEO? LOL!!

vhadiks
18 Sep 2008 12:08

@Shadow, the album rocks big time, "hands up"  is definetly the song 4 diz "dizzy" time. Big up , Dj cleo.

BDeity
18 Sep 2008 12:14

Lonto uyakhumsha u Cleo!

Brown Shuga
18 Sep 2008 13:04

Thank you, thank you, thank you guys!! Am so HAPPY to be back & glad you liked Cleo's interview!! There'll be more of these coming up so keep it locked!!

Makisto don't worry about watching my 5 minute practice matches, when the real game begins you'll see me for the entire 90 minutes okay? heheheh

Shadow, check out www.willofsteel.co.za and go to Downloads to check out some of his songs. 

BDeity <<<Lonto uyakhumsha u Cleo!>>> Hey sana, ndithi uviwa ndim ndedwa! LOL

sipy
19 Sep 2008 03:13

My parents raised me well. You want something..u ask. He had no right going into my bedroom, he was my artist not friend or brother........and now he's history.
Extremely talented and strong enough to outrun all these playa-haters.................oh *bleep!*, u said one word. Here goes..."indomitable"!
 

This statement really shows dat CLEO is Big headed and full of himself even if he has  $ ,he mus know dat de wheel turn around even if its a STEEL one,i just don lyk his  it attitude IT SUCK BIG TYM.

BS: Hahahah so Arthur yena? Will you ever forgive him for what he did do to you? (Stealing his song)
Cleo: Never, he's a disgrace to us black people. He's a nincompoop. LOL

andi01
19 Sep 2008 03:30

@SIPY-This statement really shows dat CLEO is Big headed and full of himself, depends on how u view the picture, to me this statement shows confidence, firmness and great respec to oneslef and to others

Shadow
19 Sep 2008 03:46

Ou my....Ma fellow blockers, Just bought myself a copy of Dj Cleo's latest last album...Im pumping it loudly as we speak......its simply rockas!!!!!!!!!! GO BUY YOURSELF ONE!!!!

"Party people...Hands up!........To the left........To the right
Everybody sing.......Hands up!........To the left......To the right"

Dee
19 Sep 2008 08:56

I dont like house but I really think he is greatly  talended, he is an absolute rare breed. 
I also however have to agree with Sipy that from his statements he comes across as a bit over-confident and egoistic. However, it does not matter because that's the person he is and his fans love him the way he is.

Oreng
19 Sep 2008 10:11

JOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWWWEEEEE!!!! I never thought that Cleo was so full of himself. He is just short of writing a song dedicated to himself. Cleo, there's a thin line between confidence and arrogance- u would do well to learn about that from Kabel Mabalane. Wena you've crossed that line deep into arrogance. Pride ya hao is UNHEALTHY!!! Please, you're good and all but brother you are no where near the be all and all of house music in this country.

The man has talent for sure, but Im afraid his head is growing bigger than his talent- oooooo haa-e Cleo, give it a rest.

Floh
21 Sep 2008 03:04

"Party people...Hands up!........To the left........To the right
Everybody sing.......Hands up!........To the left......To the right"

I was listening to the radio this song is very, very good, cant say NICE cause it meant nothing, not too good/not too bad in best Harold van Vuuren voice ( SYTYCD)

I was very disturbed by Mandoza's look Y/day on selimathunzi.

Dee
22 Sep 2008 03:09

@ Floh , how is Mandoza's look? I missed it.......

nodumo
28 Oct 2008 19:16

HI

THAT BLONDE HAIR FITS U VERY WELL

nodumo
28 Oct 2008 19:18

CAN U PLZ JUST TELL ME 

WHAT IS HAPPENING 2 MANDOZA?????????????????/

what aka mathata
29 Oct 2008 00:02

i like his lips,

Vida
17 Nov 2008 11:27

HEY ALL!!!! I CANNOT STAND THIS GUY!!! The ego!! ME thinks he is tryna be the Kanye West of S.A,you know, create his own hype!!!! We cannot deny the talent he has but we can do without the chip on his shoulder!!!! Oh,SHUGA just discovered your blogg!!!(been living under a rock.hahaha) GREAT JOB!!!!

sibuuu
05 Dec 2008 09:57

YOOOOO Dj Cleo is ssssoooooooo HOT and talented, i dont care what anibody says about him i love him

Cande
05 Dec 2008 10:01

Im suprised he didnt get an award at the metro's

nomziluu
17 Dec 2008 22:05

dis 1 thinks he is very clever......


he came  2 ireland months bak and didnt even knw wer he was da way he was actin...


he didnt communicate wit pepo...he didnt even play nice songs...jus old *bleep!*!!!
ha cleo disapointed us shem....he didnt even play at da afta party....
every1 thot dat dey waisted dere money by goin der.....
ah shem cleo...learn 2 interact wit pepo...we r in ireland....dat equals europe....!!!!
im not boastin or anything....but awuziphathe ngeway........we expect more frm a famous dj frm ekhaya!!!!!!!

pantsula18
23 Dec 2008 16:15

cleo iskhokho dats It!!!

leoretta
03 Feb 2009 21:33

hey cleo is a star u know broke a leg

khanyolicious
28 Apr 2009 09:36

what eva they say dj cleo is soooo sexy,handsome 2 name a few he is so atractive and i would'nt mind to be his galfrend he's on fire. u go man

khanyolicious
28 Apr 2009 09:36

what eva they say dj cleo is soooo sexy,handsome 2 name a few he is so atractive and i would'nt mind to be his galfrend he's on fire. u go man

Murder
15 May 2009 09:34

He rocks..!!

Dumisa
29 May 2009 12:14

Guys this man is very.... taleterd to kwaito music  

alphanzo
12 Oct 2009 08:36

I LOVE U MAN. U ROCK  KEEP IT UP.CALL ME IF U CAN.DJ CLEO ROCKS.

MKHABELA
12 Jan 2011 15:57

HEY MY DJ

I LOVE YOU A LOT,WHATEVER YOU TOUCH TURNS TO GOLD AND THAT BLONDE HAIR SUITS YOU VERY WELL.YOU ARE THE BEST AND MY FAVOURATE.

sarelkee
16 Jan 2012 19:51

Hey BS Cleo rocks n he s atop Dj in da country


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