If you have not by now heard the name Donald Moatshe then you’ve obviously been living under a rock. The former soccer player, yes I kid you not he was on the brink of a professional soccer career, first came onto the scene in 2008 under DJ Cleo’s Will of Steel label. That album however was not so well received. Fast forward to 2012, he got rid of the corn rows, hit the gym and saw himself become a heartthrob with the release of what many would say is the song that catapulted his career…“I Deserve” taken from his sophomore album “Train of Love”. Since then he has not only travelled internationally and had a platinum selling album but he has also been nominated for, and in fact won, several awards.
2014 saw him release his third album “Black and White” which saw him carry through the theme with the help of his designer and stylist Paledi Segapo of Palse Homme. “Unpredictable”, “Crazy But Amazing”, “Let it Burn” featuring the sumptuous songbird Bucie as well as “Party for 2” featuring Durbanites Big Nuz are just but a few songs which helped “Black & White” creep into the hearts of his fans.
It’s 2015 now and the man with the red mic is back serving heat. “Black & White 2.0: DJs Edition” is the name of the new project released on 28 August and let me tell you this one is a guaranteed Summer hit. With the likes of DJ Clock, Black Motion, Euphonik and Bloemfontein based Prince KayBee (remember his name…trust me), I’m expecting this one to go platinum.
The first Pan African single “Wangu”, a duet with Tanzanian superstar Diamond Platnumz was mildly received however, “Never Let U Go” has been so well received it even reached the number 1 spot on BBC Radio 1Xtra. This I must add is a feat not many South African musicians can claim to have achieved.
I’m excited to say that the visuals for the Heavy K and AfroBoyz assisted “Never Let U Go” have been released. Conceptualised by Pilot Films’ Bruce Patterson, it tells the story of lovers trapped in different worlds, one in a desert (shot in Cape Town) and the other on an alien planet (shot in Grahamstown), yearning to be together.
“I’ve always longed to shoot a video in a desert like setting and this song provided that opportunity,” explained Donald. “14 hours in the dunes of Cape Town and I’m proud of this video, I think it tells the story well and I certainly hope that it resonates with my fans. We put in a lot of work to make sure we produce a quality video,” he continued.
The video debuts TONIGHT on SABC 1’s Live Amp (Fridays 21:00 – 22:00). Having watched the video myself, I cannot help but be impressed by the quality of the visuals. It’s clean. It’s crisp. It’s clear. Take a peep tonight and tweet him your thoughts… @DonaldInDenial is his handle.
P.S “Black & White 2.0: DJ’s Edition” is available in all good music stores nationwide and can be downloaded on iTunes.