The very quiet and reserved Major League DJ twins, Bandile and Banele Mbere very rarely speak about anything that is not music related.
“We don’t have time for other things, we are too busy trying to live our dream,” says Bandile.
Born in Massachusetts, USA Banele and Bandile relocated to Sandton, Johannesburg before they were teenagers.
In 2003 their father who was a South African ambassador in Rwanda passed away while on a business trip from a sudden heart attack. “Losing our father was not easy, but our mother looked after us and made sure we had everything we needed,” said Bandile.
With two older brothers and coming from a musical family where their father played the piano, music was already in their blood.
“Our dad was friends with Hugh Masekela and we played piano in Primary school. After finishing high school, we did not study, we started DJ'ing and producing music,” Bandile added.
With their mother knowing how cruel the music industry can be, she tried to convince her boys to study something less musical but they had a dream.
Now, at age 24 they will be celebrating the running of one of the biggest Hip-Hop music events in South Africa, Major League Gardens. With a turn out of over 15 000 people and 40 acts, they are hoping to fill up FNB stadium on 17 September 2016. “Our target is 40 000 people but and we will get there one day.”
When quizzed about being best friends with Cassper Nyovest and the possibility of ever working with AKA, Bandile said they tried to work with AKA but things did not work out.” If it’s meant to be, it will eventually happen. We get along with almost everyone and we do not have time for beef,” he added.
Bandile denied all accusations of ever dating Jimmy Tau’s fiancĂ© Sizakele Manonga and admits to being single while his brother Banele is taken.