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The Remarkable Journey of Half Black Records

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From Defiance to Musical Authenticity

King Djongo founder of Half Black Records

Spotlighting the Remarkable Journey of Half Black Records: From Defiance to Musical Authenticity

In the dynamic realm of underground house music, few names resonate with as much discipline and authenticity as King Djongo – formerly known as Blaq Huf. His story is one of resilience, defiance and ultimately creative liberation. What began as a solitary journey navigating through a maze of rejection from mainstream labels evolved into the birth of Half Black Records. 

His music, steeped in depth, rawness, and African influences, often clashed with the prevailing industry trends. 

With each rejection, Vuyo Dyongo retreated not in defeat but in determination, channeling his energies into perfecting his sound. He aimed not merely to meet but to surpass the standards set by the labels that had spurned him. Yet, despite his efforts, the pattern persisted, culminating in a realisation: his music would never see the light of day if he continued to seek validation from others.

Half Black Records was born—an embodiment of defiance and autonomy. For King Djongo, it was a declaration of independence, a proclamation that his art would no longer be subject to the whims of industry gatekeepers. The name itself, a twist on his former moniker, Blaq Huf, symbolised a departure from the negativity often associated with the word “black.” Instead, it stood as a testament to the richness and diversity of his musical identity—the “Half” that defied stereotypes and embraced the beauty of his heritage.

In a landscape where trends ebb and flow, Half Black Records stands as a sacred expression of the soul not a commodity to be molded and packaged for mass consumption. With each release, King Djongo and his roster of artists reaffirm their commitment to staying true to themselves, undeterred by the ever-shifting currents of the industry.

As the journey of Half Black Records continues to unfold, one thing remains clear: true music, the essence of the label itself, resonates across boundaries and generations, leaving an indelible mark on the fabric of our cultural landscape.

Written by: Drums Radio Team

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