Born Ben Kamoto, Gemini Major has reached the milestone for his latest video to “Ragga-Ragga”.
The hip-hop song features South Africa’s Casper Nyovest, Ricky Rick, Nadia Nakai and Major League Deejays.
Commenting on Geminin Major’s feat representatives of YouTube released a short statement saying, “In just less than five months Ragga-Ragga has crossed 100 million views on YouTube, a milestone that takes most major music videos a lot of months to achieve.”
As Capital FM was going for publish, the video had received a total of 1,055,207 since it was uploaded on YouTube on 26 September, 2016.
The 04:18 Minutes video is featured on Gemini Major’s YouTube channel which has over 3,200 subscribers.
To-date “Ragga-Ragga” has over 6200 likes against a total of 302 dislikes. The audio and video version of the song were produced in South Africa.
Aside the self-produced “Ragga-Ragga”, Gemini Major has produced music for South Africa’s Big Nuz, Khuli Chana and Da L.E.S, Tanzania’s Diamond Platinum and Nigeria’s Burna Boy.
In 2015 Gemini Major was nominated for Producer of the year at the South Africa Hip Hop Awards alongside South Africa’s best Hip Hop producers such as Riky Rick, Ganja Beats and Tweezy.
Meanwhile, Gemini Major has been nominated for Best collabo in the 2017 Metro FM Music awards.
The announcement was made by Metro FM via Twitter. He is up against Miss Pru, Bucie, DJ Speedsta and Kwesta.
What does this mean for Gemini Major and the music industry in Malawi?
In the present world, international record producers, managers and music promoters look at an artists’ number of fans or following before they can think of doing business with the artist.
The higher the number of fans or likes on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram the higher the chances are for that artist to either be signed just as did P-Square that stroke an international recording and distribution deal with Akon’s Konvict Music, D-Banj who currently has a deal with Kanye West’s Good Music Company and Davido whose deal with Sony is estimated to be over 15 million US dollars.
As it stands the opportunities available for Gemini Major go beyond international recognition but they reach down to nominations for highly acclaimed international awards and appearance at major music festivals.
Not only has Gemini Major’s feat opened him a window to the international music scene but one might be interested to find out that when he last visited Malawi last year Gemini Major scouted Hayze Egola, a rapper who is the founding member of the Malawian contemporary hip-hop duo, Home Grown African.
Chances are that Hayze might become one of the few Malawian artists to be signed by a major record label in South Africa, where the industry is by far advanced as compared to Malawi.
Who knows, Hayze Egola might become big news on the continent just like his compatriot, Gemini Major.
Is there anything else big on YouTube from Malawi?
Nalero by Nepman and Kabol Lombwe is one of the few videos by Malawian musicians to have a record of most hits on YouTube. The video has over 220,000 view making it the most watched video shoot and produced in Malawi.
Last year “Nalero” made history by becoming the first Malawian music video to receive 100,000 hits on YouTube.
The video was published on YouTube is September, 2014.
Access to the internet is very much low in Malawi therefore it is not surprising that at over 200,000 views on YouTube “Nalero” has made it into this news item.
Some of the music videos by Malawian artists that are steadily rising up the ladder of YouTube include San B’s “Chauta Ngwamphanvu” which ironically features Nepman and Young Kay, Janta’s “Divorce”, Sipe’s “Chikondi Si Ndalama” which features Piksy and Dan Lu’s afro-pop piece with Nigeria’s K Cee, “Sweet Banana”.
Is Gemini Major as popular in Malawi to warrant a million hits on YouTube?
Gemini Major’s popularity isn’t as wide spread in Malawi.
This is not shocking because not many Malawian musicians who are famous outside their native nation are not famous within the borders of the Southern Africa nation.
For instance artists like the Very Best and Erick Paliani are celebrated in Europe and South Africa respectively but are not house hold names in their native Malawi.
0n 10 December, 2015, Gemini Major was part of South African music history he became the only Malawian act that opened for Casper Nyovest during his historic “Fill Up the Dome” concert which attracted 20,000 spectators.
The famous concert took place at the Ticketpro Dome north of Johannesburg, South Africa.
A year later Casper Nyovest made history one more time by becoming the first South African act to fill up the 40,000 Orlando Stadium in Gauteng Province -South Africa a feat which Gemini Major was part of.
However, if his posts on social media are anything to go by, Gemini Major is eyeing a second performance in his native country after taking to social media asking music fans to suggest any South African act they want to open for on his yet to be announced performance in Malawi.
Dubbed “HomeComing”, the South African based artist is aiming to fill up the 60, 000 Bingu National stadium in Lilongwe.
The record producer left Malawi for South Africa in 2009 to pursue a professional career in music.
Born in Blantyre on June 14, 1990, Gemini Major moved to Johannesburg in 2013.
It is in the city of gold where he was noticed by Casper Nyovest who signed him to his independent record company called Family Tree.
In 2005, the 26-year-old released “Gem N Eye” his first album released under Lalela Music.
He marked his first return to Malawi last year when he performed as a headliner at the 2016 Urban Music Party Festival.
It was on 6 November, the last day of the three-day annual music festival, that in the company of Nadia Nakai, Gemini Major, put up an energetic live performance in front of music fans, a majority of whom where young people, that gathered at the BAT Ground on in Blantyre.