New Era (Windhoek)

15 February 2013

Namibia: Sackey, the DJ Who Can Move You By Alvenus Dreyer

Keetmanshoop — Describing himself as a non-performing DJ but a DJ who rather creates the performance for others to act upon, 30-year-old Sackarias Nicanor is serious about deejaying.

Hailing from the beautiful and vibrant town of Tsumeb, DJ Sackey, often known as Sackman, started his professional deejaying career at the young age of 15.

His hometown, which is also referred to as Paradise or The Copper Town, is one place the well-built young man will always be down for.

DJ Sackey spent most of his life in the Oshikoto Region where he also completed his Grade 12 back in 2000.

Studying at a University wasn't really his idea so he decided to enroll with Microsoft Advance Computer Training Academy. He is currently employed by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) as an ICT specialist and V-satellite operator.

DJs from the 1980s like DJ Fresby, DJ Sunday, DJ Philip and DJ Omzala just to mention but a few are his inspiration into dee-jaying. DJ Sackey is someone one can describe as a Jack of many trades.

Apart from his professional duties and deejaying he creates his own social events and is also involved in entrepreneurship partnerships with various entertainment agencies.

Over the years DJ Sackey has established a household name for himself, especially in the northern parts of the country.

There he has collaborated with the likes of DJ Kenna, DJ Funky Freddie as well as with event organizers Chally 100 and Luis Rodriques.

But here in Keetmanshoop, Sackey plans to again hook up with another well- established entertainer, who also made his mark up north, the evergreen DJ Tony.

He is of the opinion that the Disc Jockey industry in Namibia is not growing because there are a lot of want-to-be DJs who are here today but gone tomorrow.

A Disc Jockey should be able to see the way forward, be focused and like what she/he does, love music.

"You cannot be a DJ and you only know how to play house music all night long and can hardly even merge and mix other musical genres".

Also according to the straight talking spinner of the disc, nowadays DJss are not entertaining as much as the DJs of the golden days when things were done for the passion and love.

Back than disc jockeys played a variety of musical genres, this allowing the crowd to interact with the music.

There is room for change and improvement though with regards to the current trend provided that DJs really come together and define the true concept of a Disc Jockey. Being an entrepreneur as well, DJ Sackey is planning to establish a DJ Network Committee that will serve as a platform for various DJs country wide to join hands and work or share ideas together.

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