Gemini Major

Benn Gilbert Kamoto (born 14 June 1990), better known by his stage name Gemini Major, is a Malawian-born South African record producer and singer-songwriter. He was signed to Family Tree Records, a South African independent record label.[2]

Gemini Major
Birth nameBenn Gilbert Kamoto[1]
Also known asRudebouy Major
Born (1990-06-14) 14 June 1990 (age 30)
Blantyre, Malawi
OriginJohannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Record producer
  • Singer-songwriter
Years active2010–present
LabelsFamily Tree (former)
Associated acts

Early life and careerEdit

Gemini Major finished high school in 2007 and graduated in I.T. in 2009. In the same year, he moved to Durban, South Africa to pursue his dream as an artist and record producer.[3]

He has produced for a number of artists in a variety of genres including R&B, hip-hop, house, dancehall, pop and gospel. His portfolio includes production used in TV shows such as Gold Diggers, Forever Young and Mo Love.[1]

In 2013 he moved to Johannesburg. After a chance meeting with Cassper Nyovest and his team at a video shoot for a song that Major had produced, he joined the Family Tree team. After the release of Nasty C's hit single "Juice Back", Major has become the go-to producer for some of South Africa's leading hip hop artists.[4]

In 2015 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 Anatii, Riky Rick, Ganja Beats and Tweezy.[3][5]

He released a single named, "Church" on 28 September 2017.

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

Album title Album details
Gem n Eye

SinglesEdit

As lead artistEdit

List of singles as lead artist, showing year released
Title Year
"Badmanting" (featuring Aewon Wolf) 2015
"One Night Stand"
"Bumpy Ride" 2016
"Ragga Ragga" (featuring Cassper Nyovest, Nadia Nakai, Riky Rick and Major League DJz)
"Right Now" (featuring Nasty C and Tellaman) 2019

Production discographyEdit

Singles producedEdit

Song Artist Year
"Juice Back" Nasty C 2014
"Ufunan" (featuring Kwesta, L-Tido and WTF) Junior De Rocka 2015
"Summer Fever" (featuring Gemini Major) Aewon Wolf
"Badmanting" (featuring Aewon Wolf) Gemini Major
"Juice Back (Remix)" (featuring Cassper Nyovest and Davido) Nasty C
"Bumpy Ride" Gemini Major 2016
"Walking and Dabbing" Khuli Chana, Aewon Wolf and Gemini Major
"Skelm" Cassper Nyovest
"Super Ex" Cassper Nyovest
"Mayo" (featuring Yung Swiss, Tellaman, Shane Eagle and Frank Casino) DJ Speedsta
"Ayeye" (featuring Cassper Nyovest and Carpo) DJ Vigilante
"Switched Up" Nasty C
"Belong" Nasty C and Buffalo Souljah
"Sidlukotini" Riky Rick
"Day Off" (featuring Nasty C) Stilo Magolide
"Ragga Ragga" (featuring Cassper Nyovest, Nadia Nakai, Riky Rick and Major League DJz Gemini Major
"My Heart" Diamond Platnumz and Cassper Nyovest
"Lifestyle" Da Les 2016
"NDA" Nasty C 2017
"Tito Mboweni" Cassper Nyovest

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award ceremony Prize Work/recipient Result
2015
South African Hip Hop Awards 2015 Producer of the Year[5] Himself Nominated
2016
South African Hip Hop Awards 2016 Producer of the Year[6] Himself Nominated
Best Collabo[6] "Ragga Ragga" (featuring Cassper Nyovest, Nadia Nakai, Riky Rick and Major League DJz) Nominated

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "ARTISTS/GEMINI MAJOR". FamilyTreeWorld. Retrieved 4 December 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Gemini Major leaves Cassper's Family Tree". The Citizen. 7 March 2017. Retrieved 17 January 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b "Gemini Major – Malawi's fastest rising star in South Africa". Nyasa Times. Retrieved 4 December 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Malawi: Cassper Nyovest Signs Malawian Producer Gemini Major". AllAfrica. Retrieved 4 December 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ a b "Nomination List 2015". sahiphopawards. Retrieved 4 December 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ a b "Here's the Full List of South African Hip Hop Awards 2016 Nominees". okayafrica. Alyssa Klein. Retrieved 4 December 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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