DJ Cleo, real name Cleopas Monyepao, has climbed on the "Gangnam Style" worldwide phenomenal bandwagon, drawing both admiration and criticism for his efforts.
The star has just remixed the Psy global superhit, which is closing in on the billion views mark (so far boasting a record breaking 940 000 000 plus and growing fast) on Youtube, thus giving it a South African flavour. The track by the South Korean native has sold more than 4 million copies since release, attracted hundreds more separate views on other performance posts, and made history by becoming a number 1 hit on the British Singles Charts by a South Korean.
The award-winning King of SA music downloads says: "The Creative in me" inspired him to do this rendition, which he says is both a bit of a remix and remake. Not yet available for download or on any album, Cleo says masses can listen to it on www.soundcloud.com/djcleo1.
With "paperwork still being sorted out", Cleo says an overseas release of his make is "a possible option". "The aim is never to limit yourself to one territory," he adds. I'm waiting for further instructions from the owners (of the track) on the direction they are comfortable with." Until paperwork is sorted, then the public will know how to get hold of the track.
However, there are already negative and nasty comments with people claiming the DJ is riding on Psy's shine and "uyagawula". The Channel O Video Music Award winner says he has nothing to say to these haters. "They hate for free while I get paid."
Meanwhile, his Channel O Award-wnning single "Facebook" sold a reported 270 000 downloads since its July release last year, "which is more than any other track on offer in South Africa, whether by a South African or overseas artist," according to his Manager Given. "The 2012 sales figures will be collated once the year ends, so we will know (what they are) in 2013," he adds.
Cleo also says the track has become a vessel into the African continent, "especially East Africa." By Mandla Motau