They say it takes two people to tango. Of course they don't refer to the real tango which is part of dancing. That is in a figurative sense. However, it is the literal sense of it that two Mpumalanga youths intend to explore to the fullest with the establishment of their own production and event management company called Muffinstax Productions. 'Cute name', I hear you say. Careful, it's already copyrighted.
The name is partly derived from the stage names of the two multi-talented entertainers, Banele 'DJ Stax' Masina (21) and Emmanuelle 'DJ Heartattack' Marobela (21). Although they both might have met in Graskop, Marobela is adamant that he is a resident of Shatale - that sprawling township in Bushbuckridge that has produced icons like Shaft and many more.
Muffinstax is one years old and still in diapers but they have already set up their own recording studio called 86 Studios and boast about it, "We have established a relationship with 999 Music. We are stepping on each and every step they have taken with advise and inspiration from them. Any production from sound engineering all the way to creating, recording, producing, mastering, dubbing, mix and etc for any of your requirements", Marobela says, adding that they have unlimited access to Arthur Mafokate who shares their passion for success.
Within a short space of time they have also managed to sign to the company sound engineering student Molatelo Molvecia Mashego whose stage name is DJ MMS, "We are delighted that her first house song will be included in Soul Candy Sessions 4". It is a song they hope will put their young company on the map. Marobela says that their intention is not only to venture into music production but they also do event management, publicity of events, fashion designing and road show management.
Currently Muffinstax has a roster of artists they have already scheduled for release later this year. "Apart from the song we will have in Soul Candy we have a kwaito album by Stikga Makarova on the pipeline and a house compilation CD which will be produced by 23:45, which is both me and DJ Stax" he says.
Marobe is hopeful about the glowing future of entertainment capital for them and the whole province. He says him and Stax are both bringing into the company their experience of having deejayed in Johannesburg, Sabie, Graskop and some promotions of liquor products in Thulamahashe. Banele is a graphics artist and has studied music. He is also one of a few local deejays to have played at the prestigious South African Music Conference in 2005.
"Muffinstax Productions is coming up with the most innovative advertising and promotional ideas and designs in the region, with maximum creative input from our dynamic team of designers. Every MUFFINSTAX production is guaranteed to meet client objectives. With out-of-the-box thinking and hard work the company has already rendered some of its services to clients as diverse as Soul Buddys (Gauteng), HIV/AIDS, Life Skills Organization and a number of schools. We are growing to unprecedented proportions at both a provincial and national level", a media release claims.
For his part Maroble is a seasoned events manager and has studied Marketing at the University of South Africa. They say Muffinstax should become the new 999, and beyond. Watch this space.

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