Master KG, Makhadzi and Team Mosha all have one name in common — that is Mr Brown. Born Lynol Siwela in Gweru, Mr Brown who is based in South Africa is the unsung creative genius who is putting the magic touch to some of the biggest hits to come from Limpopo’s house music genre that is heating up dance floors.
From Skeleton Move by Master KG to Waya Waya by Team Mosha and Nomcebo Zikode’s Xola Moya Wam, Mr Brown has co-produced them all. He is the featured artiste and producer behind Makhadzi’s current hit single Murahu.
“I’m heavily influenced by Limpopo. The people from there made me start believing in myself. There is so much love from there and I was big there before other regions in SA noticed me,” Mr Brown said.
But what’s more surprising is that in the 16 years that he has been active as an artiste, the 30-year-old gained his knowledge through self-taught learning online.
“First of all, you must have data to do what I’ve done and use it wisely. By having data, you can access the internet and gain a lot of knowledge. Stop using your data to Google things that don’t benefit you in life,” Mr Brown advised.
He said he started playing around with music production software FL Studio as a teenager and learnt the basic skills of music engineering. Over the years, he has continued to follow virtual tutorials given by international producers on YouTube — but he recommends going to their official websites for more thorough lessons.
One of his favourites is Grammy-winning American record producer Tony Maserati, who has worked on projects for Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige and Usher.
“I don’t usually use one specific teacher. You get many international producers that work with the likes of Beyoncé and they upload tutorials on their websites,” Mr Brown said.