MASERU – It is hard to overlook how male-dominated the local DJing scene still is. However, that does not mean there is a deficiency of great women who can hold their own behind the turntables. Limpho Mochone, better known by her stage name DJ Lym, is one of the female artistes one cannot afford not to know about. In the five years she has been in the industry, she has more than earned her stripes.
Hailing from Teyateyaneng (TY) in Berea, DJ Lym has come a long way from her beginning as a novice in 2013. Two years later, in 2015, she became the resident DJ at Cloud Café – formerly known as Litaleng. Extremely wild vibes and mind blowing gigs with an electric atmosphere is what this place is known for. It is located roughly five minutes’ walk from Lerotholi Polytechnic (Fokothi) and Limkokwing University of Creative Technology campuses, depending on your shoes, ladies.
In 2016, she participated in the fifth edition of the Vodacom Superstars talent search competition in which she clinched fifth position in the female DJs category. The illustrious Vodacom Superstars competition was a ground-breaking initiative by the giant mobile communications company aimed at unearthing and promoting music talent in the country.
Currently studying Sociology and Development Studies at the National University of Lesotho (NUL) – the country’s premium higher learning institution – the 22-year old DJ Lym is one of the youngest conspicuous female DJs in the Mountain Kingdom. “My love for Deejaying started when I was still very young because my grandparents owned a studio so I was exposed to music and sound equipment at a very young age,” she told Public Eye this week.
Her hit-filled sets are known for packing charisma and an instantly recognisable tone. When on the ones and twos, her plentiful set makes revellers’ lives better and brighter. Her sets have also seen her emerge as the most valuable DJ each time, stunning crowds with her remarkable command of the dance floor, dropping hit after hit of Gqom bangers. Gqom is a style of house music that has emerged in recent years from Durban, South Africa featuring wavy and bass beats and has gained prominence in the southern Africa region and overseas.
“I used to want to be like Tshepza DJ and I played the genre of music he played. Actually, I am a soulful House fanatic but I later realised that I am more comfortable playing commercial Gqom type of music,” she said. She added that she liked seeing people sweat and “take off their jackets while vibing to my set”.
According to her fans, DJ Lym’s stint behind the decks, irrespective of its length, leaves a permanent impression that lingers long after the lights are turned off and the club empties, the reminiscence of which can arouse a twinge of excitement and a beam months or years down the line. Her music is flawless and the blending is mind-blowing. When she gets on the deck, the mood at the gigs instantly hits an unequalled peak, everyone takes to the dancefloor.
She is one of a few DJs that can leave a crowd wanting more while at the same time chanting that legendary Yvonne Chaka Chaka’s hit, “Thank you Mr. DJ for playing my song. Thank you, thank you, my love is so strong”. It is almost impossible to leave her set without a big smile on your face. In her five years in the industry Dj Lym has shared the stage with many prominent and big acts from South Africa at many big shows in Lesotho.
She has also exported her passionate ear and good taste for house music outside Lesotho. “Outside the country, I have played in South Africa and Botswana,” she said. She has named South Africa’s DJs Zinhle and Black Coffee as her idols and biggest influence. She said she looks up to Black Coffee so much that she sees herself as his female alter ego in terms of success and recognition in the next few years.
On another female DJ, Deepee, DJ Lym has commented that “back then when I started deejaying I also loved Deepee because she has been real and truthful to her craft since she started deejaying and she’s been building and pushing her brand like nobody’s business in and outside the country as our female DJ,”.
She also acknowledged that she has in the last five years, not achieved as much as she had hoped to achieve but “the love, the recognition for my talent and the support from my family, friends and fans has been overwhelming”. She also indicated that being in a male dominated industry is not easy, but she has proved to be a survivor. “It needs patience, commitment, passion, understanding, and most importantly, standing up for yourself.”Default Basic Success warning Info Danger Primary