12 February 2016
The inspiring story of Diloxclusiv
The inspiring story of Vuyisa Genu aka Diloxclusiv 
Township life in South Africa is not easy. These dense urban living areas remain a legacy of the country’s dark past and despite the fact that these locations exist globally in the form of favelas, slums, shanty towns etc, Africa remains the hardest hit continent.
Challenges aside and there are many – the sense of optimism coupled with an entrepreneurial spirit forced upon the community by limited opportunities is what impresses when visiting areas such as Langa, Nyanga, Gugulethu and Khayelitsha in the Western Cape.
Vuyisa Genu Diloxclusiv epitomises this positive attitude having overcome his own personal obstacles to become one of Cape Town’s hardest working DJs and a genuine role model to youth in his community.
As we started our conversation news had just come in that Dilo, who DJs under the moniker ‘Diloxclusiv’ was confirmed to perform at the prestigious Black Coffee Block party in Johannesburg on a lineup that boasts a veritable who’s who of South African DJs and producers.
“Yeah man, that’s one of my real highlights, I can’t wait to play the Block Party,” he said.
Of course Dilo, as he is known to most, has had several major highlights in his career so far, the most notable being his visit to the Amsterdam Dance Event in 2013 initiated by Bridges for Music who took him and his counterpart, Sir Vincent, to the event to represent South Africa on a series of panel discussions as well to perform at a truly memorable Boiler Room Session that featured Luciano and Black Coffee too.
“At first it was really scary, but then it filled up. I think it was our South African flavour that people hadn’t heard much of that really made them enjoy it, because our music was different... still house music, but different,” he adds thoughtfully. That Boiler Room set has left an indelible mark on Dilo’s life and he says he still watches the video to remind himself that we are all one when it comes to dancing to the beat.
“You know because the people are behind you when you play those Boiler Room sets, although we knew they were going crazy around us, it was a bit strange because we couldn’t look at the crowd, but whenever I watch the video, I smile to myself and I remember how amazing the experience was.”
Visiting ADE was all part of a journey that started with Dilo attending a talk by BFM visionary, Valentino Barrioseta at the SAE Institute in Cape Town.
A self confessed networker and an ambitious DJ determined to learn more about the music business Dilo signed up for an evening Music Business Class at SAE and Valentino hosted one of the sessions.
“I was so impressed with what Val had to say because I have always had that side of me that wants to create a platform to help guys who don’t have what I have and although I don’t necessary regard myself as successful yet, I’m always willing to help the guys coming up behind me,” says Dilo humbly. “So when I heard what Val was saying I thought ‘wow I need to know this guy,’” he adds.
Fast forward to the first Bridges for Music workshop with Richie Hawtin in Langa, an artist not known in the township at all, Dilo remembers the event well, “the thing with me is I like researching so I went online and saw that this guy [Richie] is big, really big so when he came here it was amazing to discover that he was so down to earth. I mean I could walk up and chat to him... there are local artists who are harder to talk to,” he bemuses.
But ultimately it was Luciano who Dilo shared a gig with in Amsterdam that has left the biggest impression.
“Besides the gig I also spent an extra day with him overseas and I got to see him in his own environment [as well as here] and you know, sometimes people pretend but he was exactly the same there as he was here; the same down-to-earth chilled person I’d met in South Africa a few weeks before.”
Dilo says that one of the most significant things about these international artists that Bridges for Music brought to the townships, despite the fact that they’re not well known to the locals, is that it taught them that when it comes to music we’re all the same worldwide. This he maintains was what inspired him.
The second significant thing the workshops did was brought the community of DJs, producers and musicians together to share ideas and be motivated to push forward and realise their own personal aspirations as artists.
Aside from his heavy DJ roster – which includes his own very popular monthly ‘one man show,’ where he showcases his incredible DJ skills and broad music repertoire at which he performs all night to packed crowds, Dilo is realising his dream to uplift his community and help build bridges through music.
Today he represents Red Bull in the townships. He is the link between on the ground events and activations which the energy drink brand seeks to do through music. He is the go-to guy that aspiring promoters and artists approach when looking for resources to run events that matter.
He is also very excited about the prospect of a music school in Langa.
Always a ‘big picture’ type of guys he says “I would like to see the music school as the start of something bigger. From there the next step should be to have satellite schools in Nyanga, Gugs, Khayelitsha etc, because the guys from those areas can’t all get to Langa. This school is an important next step in the good work that Bridges for Music has done so far in South Africa.”