By REGINALD KANYANE
MOTSWEDING FM Hip Hop presenter, Bigboy Onalerona Dingoko said he is adamant that he will bring the accolades home. Dingoko was nominated by South African Hip Hop in two categories.
“I have been nominated for the South African Hip Hop awards and I am grateful. I am contesting for the King of North West Hip Hop category. My show called Motswako Wa Hip Hop was also nominated for the Best Hip Hop Radio show across the country. The nominations show that there is something virtuous that I am doing as a Hip Hop music presenter.
“My show will be competing against other nine radio stations in South Africa. However, I am adamant that our people will vote for us as many times as they can. The aim is to bring those awards home. I will be embarking on a #WeBringItHome campaign by visiting each region in the North West province to encourage our people to vote,” Dingoko said.
A 36 year-old radio presenter said he was born from humble beginnings. Dingoko was born and bred in Motlhabeng village, in Mahikeng.
“I come from humble beginnings and representing my kasi. I believe that I was driven by passion to become a radio presenter. I started to fall in love with music from the tender age. I was still at high school when I started as a house music Dj. However, my passion changed to hip hop music over the years.
Dingoko said he was given an opportunity to display his craft and used it. He further said North West is possible with opportunities especially when it comes to Motswako genre.
“People always say Motswako is dead. However, we still have world renowned artists like HHP, Casper Nyovest, Mo-molemi, Ruks Sengaga, Khuli Chana and Notshi representing the genre. I believe that with more support the genre could become huge. I am doing what I can to ensure that Motswako Hip Hop artists receive much needed support to grow their dexterity.
“I have unleashed the new talents that we have in our shores through my show. I also released an album called Motswako Relic featuring artists like DaRealBlackLes and HHP. I believe that our South African Hip Hop has grown. Our artists are now featured in some United State America (USA) artists’ albums,” he said.
The father of three children said, the Hop Hip genre scooped the South African song of the year accolade during South African Music Awards (SAMA) and that was extraordinary.
“Our hip hop artists have dominated the music fraternity and changed the landscape. There is also money in hip hop and I urge emerging artists not to give up. Look at where Casper Nyovest, Kwesta, AKA and others now? They never gave up and believed in themselves.
“My fans and supporters can now sms SAHHA+BR+MOTSWAKOWAHIPHOP to 32545. People can vote as many times as they can. Another method of voting is online by clicking www.sahiphopawards.com. When you on the website, kindly look for voting section and scroll down and click on Best Radio show category. You will click on Motsweding FM and choose Motswako Wa Hip Hop,” Dingoko added.
He said he always visited his uncle in Johannesburg back in the day during school holidays. Dingoko said his uncle had deejaying equipment and he will practice every day to polish his skill.
“I started playing at the then Radio Bop during Chris Matshaba’s show. Matshaba is one of few people who gave me the platform to excel. I then became a resident dj on Kaya Kool’s show while he was still at Radio Bop. I relocated to Rustenburg and continued with what I do best. I became a resident Dj at the popular joint called Chris’ Pub at Tlhabane in Rustenburg.
“In 2006, I became the first presenter to go on air at Mafikeng FM after the station obtained broadcasting licence. However, in 2007 I relocated to Johannesburg and got an opportunity to play at Gauteng-based radio station called YFM. I was a resident Dj during Mpho Maboi’s show called Monaje Thwaa,” he said.
Dingoko further said working with people such as Thabiso ‘Tazzman’ Tsotetsi was amazing. He said Tsotetsi is one of after-sought producers one can find in the country.
“He worked with various artists and produced their albums. Tsotetsi worked mostly with hip hop artists. I will always cherish the moment. I would like to have a music academy where I produce artists in the future,” he said.