J Something unplugged

J Something unplugged

The ensemble which is known today as Mi Casa, came together as a result of being at the right place at the right time, so says vocalist, J Something.

J Something, whose real name is Joao da Fonseca recalls being invited by a friend to a party at the Radisson Hotel in Sandton. It was here where he first met Dr Duda who was asked to DJ at the event.

The ensemble which is known today as Mi Casa

J Something admits that he is quite a reserved person but that night he acted out of character in a moment of boldness. He asked Dr Duda if he could join the performance and with the go ahead, picked up the mic and started freestyling.

Three months later, they got together and started making their first recording in December 2010.

With no formal voice training, J Something looked to his idols such as Michael Jackson and Craig David for inspiration.

“Singing was always my dream; I wanted to sing since I was five. I never thought it would happen though”, he said.

J Something usually writes the lyrics but when they get together to work on their recordings, J Something describes the process as being organic.

Something's Cooking

Though the group has experienced much success  in such a short space of time, Mi Casa finds themselves grounded by their love for God. J Something also hasn’t forgotten his Portuguese roots and claims that songs like La Vida is evidence thereof.

As his mother was in the catering industry, J Something decided to start cooking as a hobby two years ago. This has now flourished and turned into a cooking show called Something’s Cooking which can be seen on Mzanzi Magic every Wednesday at 19:00.

J Something decided to start cooking

J Something admits that their fans play a huge part in their lives and refers to them as part of their team.

“If people stop supporting you, you’re nothing. We have always been thankful for what we achieved,” he admitted.

Next year, Mi Casa will be launching their very own DVD which J Something preferred not to disclose too much of.

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Chilton Mellem
Editor, With a National Diploma in Journalism from CPUT and experience as a newspaper reporter, Chilton shares Dino’s passion for the Portuguese community in South Africa.