Spitz Phoenix

Joel Otladisa Mosimanyana AKA Spitz Phoenix was in Lobatse, Botswana in the year 1980. His teenage-hood years were spent between Johannesburg, Gaborone, and Francistown. He matriculated in the year 2000 at Damelin Private High Rondebosch, Cape Town. 2001, He enrolled in the University of Cape Town for a Bachelor's degree in Western Classical Music and Sound Engineering which he completed in 2006. In between studying he also the "Cuttin' Edge" Reggae program on U.C.T Radio 104.5fm which aired every Sunday between 3 pm-6 pm and hosted a Lounge and World Music show weekly from 9 am to 11 am.

On the reggae program, Spitz Phoenix interacted with local Cape Town reggae artists and influential people within the reggae music industry and the Rastafari community whilst being a young Rastaman at the time, rising in the movement.

He met the likes of Black Dillinger back in the day together with Azania Band. He also had a chance to host them for interviews and live studio performances. Other notable guests were Crosby Bolani, Daddy Spencer, Suga Mbuthuma, Ginjer Cobra and Spyda Strings, Mutabaruka when he had a poetry show at the Baxter Theater with the Likes of Saul Williams and Dawitt Menelik Tafari who is based in the UK.

Spitz Phoenix with his Sound system called High Altitude Sound system has had the pleasure of DJing alongside Dj King Yellow every Friday in Marcus Garvey Camp in Phillip, of Triple Crown Sound system. He has always been passionate about sharing knowledge and experience, therefore he tagged along with a young man called DJ Themba from Zimbabwe. They were a strong team, between 2001 till 2006.

He has played at Uhuru Reggae Club Uptown in Cape Town, where he was a resident DJ simultaneously with a residency at Cool Runnings in Observatory. He played at Club Mavel bar where he played a 0hip hop reggae nights. Other clubs; are Zula Bar, Club Mangaroza which is a rasta-owned club, and Club Uhuru by Dj Judah.

When Spitz was not in school or clubs, he also covered Jazz Festivals as a World Music Promoter for the University Radio, he is also a Southern Africa representative for Putumayo World Music Records promoter.

His works have taken him as far as Europe, Australia, Canada, and the USA, he has met Jamaican Reggae artists like the Legendary Sizzla Kalonji and Anthony B.

After graduating, Spitz went back to Botswana where he continues to organise reggae shows and promote artists. He is also part of a reggae band called "Basarwa". 

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