FOROYAA Newspaper (Serrekunda)

27 February 2013

Gambia: Dj Maxi Kalonji Making Waves in Gambia's Entertainment Industry

Majagne Barrow commonly callED DJ Maxi Kalonji is Gambia's youngest D.J (Disk Jockey) who is performing at a radio station at the same time entertaining people at night clubs and shows. The young D.J is a graduate of St. Peter's Technical Junior and Senior Secondary School in Lamin in 2009. Maxi Kalonji said the D.J inspiration came to him when he became the main operator of his Uncle's musical set. In November 2009 he started working with the National Broadcaster, GRTS Radio.

"Education is very important as a D.J many people think is for drop bouts, but it is a nobel profession. D.Js should be graduates or even degree holders if possible. DJs should be technically good, they should be computer literate and be creative. One needs to have a good voice to become a radio D.J" Maxi said he is not out there to compete people but to learn from people and do things professionally.

At the moment Maxi said he contributes a lot in the promotion of Gambian music in the Gambia as he has a programme where he promotes and interviews Gambian musicians, D.J Maxi impeccable said his radio programme are from" Wednesdays 2pm to 4pm, the lunch time show, and plays slow jam and R&B music. Wednesdays 5pm to 6pm, Gambian music exclusive, to promote Gambian music. Thursdays 6pm to 7pm, GRTS request show and Sundays 10pm-midnight he moderates a show called "Nice and Decent" which is Dancehall and Reggae music.

Young Maxi Kalonji's efforts were recognised by lot of young youth groups and was once invited by the U.S Embassy to make a presentation on a topic, "the Young Gambian leaders" when the Embassy through the American Corner Organised a forum. Presently D.J Maxi is developing himself at the GTTI, a first year student of computer science. He got an average 8 speaker sound system called the 'Rock Star Sound' and over the years he played over one hundred shows which were generally successful. The young D.J is very dedicated and has over the years attended various workshops and trainings regarding radio broadcasting.

When asked what he really want to become in the future? The young D.J said "A big time producer, and a mighty sound system but I don't still achieve these goals yet. I want to see myself recording big time Gambian artists in the studio and having a big sound system, but my these dreams are yet to come my way", he lamented.

Maxi Kalonji at the moment is gearing up for his birthday bash (show) at a night club in Daranka (Lamin) where he is expecting to see thousands of his fans. The show is schedule to take place next week March 8th.

The young talented DJ on a final note said: "I want to thank all relatives, friends, fans for the support they are giving me. I urged them to keep it up and promise that i will deliver to expectation, thank to my two effective promoters, Samuel Henry Gibba and Lamin Sarjo Njie", He posited.

Meanwhile Maxi Kalonji can be reached on 9170494, 7495560, 6121553 or 3655701 (

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