One of South Africa’s celebrated kwaito and house artists, DJ Cleo is set to visit Malawi where he is expected to perform at the Blantyre Sports Club on May 7.
The artist’s visit follows an invitation by DJ Mighty Virus and the two will star together at a gig dubbed The Mighty Virus Jam Session.
According to the Malawian DJ, the event will be used as a platform to address mental health issues.
The DJ, real name Francis Likongwe, said the Mighty Virus Jam Session is a movement created to entertain, educate and encourage to help those in need where possible.
“The idea was inspired by the rising number of suicide cases, especially among the youth. As a DJ, I thought I could help bring people together using music as a tool. We want to advocate on mental health and depression using that platform,” he said.
The artist said they have invited mental health specialists who will make presentations on the theme while DJ Cleo will deliver a career motivation talk.
The highly-decorated artist was born Tlou Cleopas Monyepao. His rise to prominence followed the release of his first single titled Facebook in 2012. The song went on to win him three awards during the South Africa Music Awards.
From 2002, DJ Cleo has been releasing albums under the placement of Es’khaleni and he is the founder of Will Of Steel Productions. The 40-year-old is reported to have a net wealth of close to $5 million, all courtesy of his music.
When asked about his earnings in one interview with the South African press, he said: “It is true, there are reports of me being a millionaire, but the truth is that I am worthy many millions.”
Last year, he made a sensational comeback on the scene after staying away from the limelight for a while through the release of his chart-topping single Gcina Impilo. Some of his other popular songs include Wena, Kuyafiwa, If You Wanna Fly and Try And Love Me ,among others.