Rapper, entrepreneur, trend setting socialite, record producer and reality TV star are some of the titles that describe the phenomenon that is American born Leslie ‘Da L.E.S’ Mampe, also popularly known as the North god. L.E.S first became known to the mainstream community and achieved his early success as a member of the motherland crunk group, Jozi, alongside Crazy Lu, Ishmael and Bongani Fassie, the son of legendary African pop singer Brenda Fassie. Together they took the South African music industry by storm with a sound that infused South African traditional elements.
When the success of Jozi came to an end, Da L.E.S successfully launched his own solo career, churning out hits like Fire and Tippy Toes. Since then it’s been nothing but a smooth journey for the North God. To date, he has released four smashing albums, namely; Fresh 2 Def, Mandela Money, North God and most recently, on the 9 of December 2016, Diamond in Africa. L.E.S is a premier entertainer that has had a career that has seen him share stages with heavyweights such as Kelly Rowland, Rick Ross, T-Pain and 2Face in concerts across the African continent. The North god has also opened for both Kendrick Lamar and Big Sean and featured and won the fifth season of SABC 1 reality competition ‘Tropika Island of Treasure’ and was also one of the four cast members of the Vuzu Amp reality series, ‘The Real Jozi A-Listers’.
Fresh off his Tropika Island of Treasure win, L.E.S opened up for international rap megastar TWO CHAINZ at the Miller Boomtown 10 years’ celebration. His passion for skating led him and a couple of friends to Kimberley, to perform at the Kimberley Diamond Cup World Skateboarding Championships in September 2013. With L.E.S being one of the highest selling artists in South Africa, it only makes sense that he was invited to perform alongside AKA at the 2013 IDOLS South Africa finals, held in Sun City. Shifting the focus back to being a pioneer for the industry, L.E.S spent October 2013 in Los Angeles, performing at the Los Angeles South African Arts Festival and also getting to record with rap superstar Scoop Deville on a feature with Los Rakas. His star power was further enhanced through his shooting of a video for the same song, with world-renowned music video director and editor, Matt Alonzo (has worked on videos for Xzibit, Cypress Hill, Far East Movement, The Game, Ice Cube, Pitbull, etc.).
Photographer: Romeo Masinga
Musician: Da L.E.S
Instagram: @2freshles Twitter: @2freshles Facebook: @2freshL.E.S
His name might be linked to South African Hip Hop, but The North Side DJ, DJ D Double D has used his knowledge and experience to become an ambassador for South African dance floors all over. His ability to read and entertain any crowd anywhere is what has contributed to his success.
The Johannesburg raised DJ (signed to Da L.E.S’s record label “Fresh 2 Def Productions”); pulls out all the stops in all his performances which has helped him conquer an industry that is competitive and merciless. He has an undying urge to better himself with every DJ set and takes full advantage of his intoxicating combination of skill and passion to win over any crowd. With his vers With his versatility and fresh style DJ D Double D undoubtably stands out from the rest.
While attending High School DJ D Double D made the realisation that DJing was the way in which he could express his undying love for Hip Hop and music as a whole. He then furthered his studies at “The Academy of Sound Engineering” where he became one of the hottest DJ’s on campus. It wasn’t until 2014 where he made a major breakthrough by being dubbed a “Pro DJ” by the official Pioneer DJ Institute & become an Official Pioneer DJ Brand Ambassador. He has shared the stage many times with well-known local and international acts and he is Da L.E.S’s official tour DJ.
DJ D Double DJ D Double D’s career has been on the rise since, with his mixes being aired nationally on several popular South African radio stations such as: 5FM Ultimix, 94.7 Highveld Stereo, UJ FM, and Voice of Wits FM. He has had the honour of performing at some of the biggest nightclubs and festivals in South Africa where he displays his skill and passion.
In November 2016 DJ D Double D released his debut single “One For The Team” featuring Da L.E.S, Gemini Major & Yanga which went Number 1 on South African radio stations such as: 5FM & YFM. In March 2017 DJ D Double D released his second single “Yeah” featuring Da L.E.S which has had high radio rotation including going Number 1 on: YFM, 5FM & VOW FM.
The young DJ is also a sound engineer that has recorded/engineered records for some big names in the industry such as: Da L.E.S, AKA, Wiz Kid, Gemini Major, Anatii, Yanga Chief, Nadia Nakai, Moozlie, Maggz, L-Tido, Shane Eagle, J Molley & many more.
With a steady-eyed focus and beats that suit any party there is no stopping him. DJ D Double D firmly believes in being an active participant in the growth of the South African music industry as a whole. He foresees no limit to his success and contribution towards the South African entertainment scene.
Musician: DJ D DOUBLE D
Instagram: @djddoubled Twitter: @djddoubled Facebook: djddoubled101
Recording artists, and dancers are just two of the titles used to describe the rap duo known as Stunt Double. The duo consists of Mpho Marcel Mothae also known as MustBeMp and Sandile Pambo also known as Pambo, who were both born and raised in South Africa. The duo met in 2011 at High School, ever since then the duo has always been entertaining people with their MC skills, as well as their dance skills. Stunt Double became known to the mainstream community under Fresh 2 Def Productions formed by South African Hip Hop great Da L.E.S. Their first mainstream single titled “Late Nights” was released on the F2D: Hall of Fame Album which consisted of well known artists such as: Gemini Major, Yanga Chief, Moozlie, Maggz, L-Tido & DJ D Double D. Their popularity has increased through being the official dancers for the North God, better known as Da L.E.S. The duo have shown promise with their performances during the nationwide F2D: Hall of Fame Tour which took place at some of the biggest and most recognised venues around South Africa and have received recognition from established artists in the industry. After the end of a successful tour Stunt Double have managed to grace the stage of several shows of their own and their performances were well received. The duo foresees no limit to their success and contribution towards the South African entertainment scene.
Musicians : Stunt Double
Twitter : @Stunt_Doubl3 Instagram : @official_stuntdouble_