By Detricia Pamba
As you walk through the door, you are greeted by the sound of instruments, a mix of bass guitars, piano and droning drums blasting through your ears. If you’re a music fanatic, you can’t help but play along to the upbeat music that greets you. What’s even more interesting is the “what” factor when you realize there’s a DJ scratching his mixer, immediately setting the rest of the band and your heart on fire.
That’s just a fraction of what you experience when you meet this dynamic team, The Lab.
The Lab, as the name suggests, is made up of DJs, guitarists, singers, rappers, and a live band, all of whom provide you with a music lab for an otherworldly experience.
It’s a one-of-a-kind blend of a live band and DJ skills coming together, making you wonder if you’re in a club or on a live band gig.
As Founder and Talent Manager of The Lab, Mo Twaba says, “The Lab means laboratory. This means mixing urban music, DJs and other instruments to create a fusion of live music. It’s an entertainment agency that has 3 categories: Essential (makes live organic music), 3 am (a creative DJ platform) and The Lab (a mix of essential and 3 am)”
Additionally, Twaba told The Beat exactly how the idea came to him when he was considering The Lab.
“It was just an idea. I have extensive experience in the music industry and wanted to do something that will make a major difference in Tanzania and cause disruption in the music industry. This is how the idea of The Lab was born. We asked ourselves what we could do that would be special in the industry – an extra ordinary kind of entertainment? elaborated Twaba.
Despite the idea, we knew that to bring the idea to life, we needed a team. This team had to be so special and extraordinary that they could bring to life what was once just a thought. It was then that other team members like DJ K-Flip and Young Bass joined the team.
K-Flip is a renowned DJ who has been in the industry for over 10 years. A DJ who was once a church pianist, K-Flip found himself meeting a friend who was also a DJ and from there a new career took off. Little did he know that the exact choice he made to be a DJ would bring him to the heart of The Lab.
“I was invited by management and a fellow DJ who shared the vision with me and got me interested in joining. I loved the idea of doing something new, mixing my skills with a band live to give people a new experience that they never had before, that sounded interesting to me,” he said.
The Lab not only offers its audience a different experience, as the energy is usually transcended by the bands and the DJs themselves, from the preparations to the actual performances on stage.
K-Flip added that “DJ-ing K-Flip for The Lab is very different from doing live shows. With The Lab, even the preparations are intense, more technical and lively, it almost feels like recreating an entirely different song on stage, something you won’t get with solo DJ performances.
Additionally, he told The Beat how different he felt being on stage and performing with The Lab.
“In my opinion, at the Lab, we don’t just play music, we play and that’s what makes us different. The feeling I get playing with The Lab is a feeling I’ve never felt anywhere else, I feel like I’m flying and as a performer I’m so excited to see people being happy and playing our performance. I really can’t explain how happy it makes me, especially when the audience responds positively to the happiness we exude,” K-Flip said.
The fierce energy of The Lab truly touches everyone who has the pleasure of watching them perform. Speaking to The Beat, the Lab’s spokesperson, Ahmed Ally said making a difference and showing their uniqueness is their vision and one day they hope to become Tanzania and eventually Africa’s top performers.
He said, “Our vision is to create a live entertainment and event production brand that will attract the largest number of attendees to any concert and music event, not just in Tanzania, but across the region. East Africa and across the African continent.
It is through this vision that The Lab bassist believes their performances set them apart from others in the entertainment industry.
Elijah, also known as Young Bass, has been a bassist for 10 years. His passion for music started while he was still in high school and it was there that he developed his skills and became an essential part of the Lab.
“Before The Lab, I played bass with Infinity sound, a band we formed in 2020. After a year, we were presented with the concept and we were recruited by the management, that’s how that I joined The Lab,” he said. and added,
“I love the way we play with creativity at the Lab. It makes us unique. We can play with DJs, reorganize existing music, which makes us very different from other bands, it’s such an honor to be able to do this.
Before becoming the marquee crew that they are today, each member of the team seemed to have their lives in place in terms of their careers. Individually the whole team is already great at what they do but together they are unstoppable and landing at the Lab was no mere coincidence.
“Squad recruitment is something we don’t take lightly,” Twaba said. “We choose the best of the best and let them shine even brighter by joining us. But first, they have to be great as individual artists, because that’s the caliber of talent we select. This is how we chose our creatives,” he added.
The Lab was founded on March 10, 2021 and this year it celebrated its first anniversary. The public has been very welcoming as their events in the first year alone have been very successful.
In this regard, The Lab is holding another event on June 26, 2022 to celebrate and appreciate their fans for their incredible support.
The Lab’s DJ, known as DJ Dhifa, told The Beat that the event will feature The Lab alongside many other artists such as Nandy and DBN Gogo from South Africa.
“This weekend is going to be an atmosphere. We will be closing St. Laurent, Kawe and doing a performance of a lifetime from afternoon to midnight. This one is not to be missed – our best yet,” he said.
If you haven’t had the chance to see these talented artists perform, here’s your chance. Fun, energetic and talented are just a few words that come close to describing them. My experience after meeting The Lab was epic, to call it a great experience would still be an understatement.