Major League DJZ reflect on their journey & chat new single

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South African powerhouse DJ duo Major League DJZ releases a new single All Night Long assisted by Elaine and Yumbs.

Often described as innovators and trailblazers in the cultural landscape of South African dance music, All Night Long the duo only corroborate these claims and tapping multi-platinum selling producer Yumbs (Kelvin Momo, Mellow & Sleazy) and R&B singer Elaine, All Night Long is a South African dance music lover’s dream.

Although recorded in LA, the record feels like a hot night out in Johannesburg, with Elaine’s intoxicating vocals as the driving force as she sings ‘If this is a dream don’t wake me up’. A celebration of black love and romance, All Night Long is set to be the first of new music from the duo this year.

Over the past few months Major League DJZ has had successful releases including Piano Republik, a joint project with Major Lazor and LIVE shows globally. The duo is currently on the road bringing Amapiano to the world stage with a full US tour. Fans can also expect new Balcony Mixes on the horizon.

“The aim was to put out a single that would resonate with our fans as we now get ready for the spring/summer. We have played it at multiple shows and the reaction from the fans has been so positive that we had no choice but to give the people what they want,”

– says Major League.

About Major League

South African music powerhouse, Major League DJZ, is crafting the sound of the future with an exciting blend of immersive African sonics and futuristic production.

The twin power duo born Bandile And BaneleMbere have sustained a high level of commercial success and received critical acclaim across a career that spanned a decade and seen them play a critical role in rewiring the modern musical DNA of the rainbow nation while experimenting with elements from hip-hop, kwaito, afro beats, and amapiano.

Thanks to their throbbing brand of party-starting music, the brothers have achieved cultural icon status in their home nation and across the continent, collaborating with respected acts like Cassper Nyovest, Abidoza, Blaqnick, and Patoranking.

Born in exile to a family of anti-apartheid campaigners, the twin brothers grew up in Boston, Massachusetts Where their family moved in the same social circle as legendary South African musicians like Hugh Masakela, Caiphus Semenya, Letta Mbulu, and Miriam Makeba.

These associations offered the twins an unconventional education on South African jazz and popular African music which they paired with the hip-hop music that they loved in America.

Upon the end of South Africa’s apartheid regime, the brothers returned to the country and started to build a platform for themselves as party organizers. From throwing parties as high schoolers, the brothers began to experiment with DJ-ing, lining up for DJs who missed sets at their well-attended parties. Additionally, the brothers have held special edition parties in honor of western stars like Akon, Fat Joe, and 50 Cent.

Possessing similar elements to kwaito, the brothers embraced amapiano, another homebrew sound, just as it was rising to national popularity in early 2020. Two albums, Pianochella and What’sTheLevol, both released in 2020 helped to document their fascination with amapiano as they sauntered between light-hearted ballads and more uptempo party ravers on both albums in collaboration with guests like Costa Titch, Kamo Mphela, and Stunna.

The rising popularity of amapiano and the effects of the COVID-19pandemic which meant that people couldn’t congregate for their Major League Gardens shows meant that the brothers had to pivot to virtual means to keep their audience sated; this gap led to the creation of their wildly-popular Balcony Mix series.

They’ve since collaborated with stars like Vigro Deep, Major Lazer, TylerICU, Boohle, and Kabza De Small across editions of the show. Another album, titled Outside, followed in December 2021.

Mostly recorded during quarantine in Ghana, the brothers used the album as an opportunity to connect amapiano with other sonic styles from across the continent.

Three months after the release of Outside, Major League DJZ announced a global recording deal with Atlantic Records. Since then, they have gone on have since gone onto break the world record for the longest DJ set performed by a duo, performing for 75 hours from September 2nd to 4th for a special edition of their Balcony Mix Xperience.

Earlier in the year, the brothers fulfilled the premise of their 2020 hit “Phelito Coachella,” performing on both weekends of the 2022 Coachella fest alongside the long-time inspiration, Black Coee, before following that feat with a sold-out headline show at the O2 Academy Brixton in May.

All night long is now out, Stream/Listen here:

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