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Producer/Songwriter, Engineer, DJ

Bio

Apiwe Bubu is a music creative.
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He is constantly and consistently songwriting, music producing, engineering, DJ'ing and pursuing these arts, believing that creativity is the ultimate form of human expression and existence.

 

He began classical piano training in middle school and at college level completed a Sound Engineering Audio Training Certificate at the Inhouse Audio Training Institute in Johannesburg, South Africa. He then completed a Berklee Online Professional Certificate in Music Theory, Ear Training and Harmony. Equipped with these qualifications he worked in television media as a junior music composer for television show theme music and jingles and wrote for music libraries including Urban Rhythm Factory and had his first TV show original theme song sync on the popular TV show How To (Wenza Kanjani) at age 21.He also worked in radio sound design and production at Sonovision Studios as a sound engineer/designer focusing on radio jingles/adverts.

He's Dj'd extensively in clubs, corporate functions and private events whilst receiving jazz piano tutelage for 4 years with renowned South African jazz pianist Andile Yenana(Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year Award recipient). He wrote music for the SAMA (South African Music Award)2011 winning(Best African Alternative) album "Nomisupasta" by Nomsa Mazwai, and has traveled and performed with various theatrical and musical groups in countries such as Ethiopia, Mozambique, Norway, Spain and the US.

As a full-time student at Berklee College of Music, Apiwe Bubu served as the president of the African club at Berklee 2012/2013. He is a strong proponent of a distinctly South African sound and South Africa's culture, believing that it is within this indigenous sound his musical purpose and contributions lay.  Upon completing his studies he worked as a music producer and engineer with the renowned mix engineer Tony Maserati (Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Robin Thicke) under his umbrella production/studio company Mirrorball Entertainment in which as an assistant he made contributions to Grammy winning/nominated albums such as Beyonce's Lemonade, Keith Urban's Ripcord and Gallants Ology.

 

As a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, dual majoring in Contemporary Writing & Production and Music Production & Engineering with a minor in Writing Music for TV and New Media, he finds no better opportune and active place than Los Angeles to apply his craft and pursue his art.

"Berklee College of Music has put him in a unique position with a command of professional and creative techniques key to the success of any business in the entertainment field." 

-Tony Maserati


"His value to the past, current and future of South African music writing and production cannot be overstated.He has a stunningly fresh approach, sound and style."
-Bakithi Khumalo(bassist, Paul Simon).   

favorite quote:

"Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not,nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not,unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.Education will not,the world is full of educated derelicts.Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The notion "press on" has solved and will always solve the problems of the human race."

-Calvin Coolidge