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MBABANE – A well-known South African musician, DJ Tira, says that Eswatini is third on the list of countries that support his famous cider.

The musician made the statement during an interview that he had with this publication at Ekhayeni Chillas, where he performed on Friday. Born Mthokozisi Khathi, professionally known by his stage name DJ Tira, is a South African (SA) DJ, record producer and Kwaito artist. He helped popularise the Gqom music genre. Khathi won the Smirnoff SA DJ Knockout competition in 2000 and released the compilation album ‘Real Makoya’ in 2001. During an interview with this publication, the ‘Happy Days’ hitmaker shared that his cider is appreciated across Africa, mostly in Botswana. “The Bearings is very big in Botswana currently; they are supporting it. Eswatini is the third, by the way; there is Lesotho as well, which is supporting Makoya Bearings. It’s not like we are doing SA only; we are going to all the African countries. Soon we will be going to Zimbabwe as well as Zambia. We’ve got the formula, so what else can we do? It’s just to give it to the people,” DJ’Tira said.

Through Makoya Bearings Cider, DJ Tira says he has been able to impact society by opening opportunities for other people. “I’m revolving; I’m coming up with new ways of making revenue. I’ve brought in a cider that people are enjoying, and I am creating more opportunities for people to live their lives. It’s possible. Black child, you need to dream. Dream big, and you can do it. My cider is doing well right now, and that is just something I produced three years ago. All I am saying is, be positive and work hard,” DJ Tira said. When probed about how he has been able to grow his brand through the cider, he shared that knowing what you want as an individual is key. “It is important that you decide which route you are going to take. There are so many people who are making commercial drinks. I decided to go with the cider way, and the cider way is working for me. I’m a party person, so I am here to party, and if people are coming to party and enjoy my cider, it’s a good feeling.


“What I am trying to say is that many people can do it. The most important thing is focus, which is difficult, but we need to focus to make things happen. Shout out to Mfundo and everyone who is supporting Makoya Bearings. We are making things happen; we can only grow from there,” the DJ said. He went to emphasise that his next visit will have to be bigger than the show he had at Ekhayeni Chillas. “The next visit should be something bigger than this show. We’ve been in Manzini a lot, and we’ve been in Mbabane a lot, so I want to see what else is out there. I just want to keep going, especially in December. Which town are we going to? Are we going to Nhlangano? Are we going to the east of Eswatini? Are we going to the west of Eswatini? You tell us,” DJ Tira said.