Top 5 Established and Up-And-Coming Female DJs In South Africa
They are powerful, inspiring, and hold their own behind the turn tables – our top five established, and up-and-coming DJs in South Africa are revolutionising a once male dominated industry. Below we delve deeper into these multi-talented artists, and how they’re changing the business in the country.
Established Female South African DJs
- DJ Zinhle
Metro FM and SAMA Award nominee Zinhle Jiyane, aka DJ Zinhle, stepped onto the South African DJ scene at a time when it was still very much of a man’s world, but this talented lady quickly managed to turn some heads with her crazy skills on the decks. She even grabbed the attention of some of Mzansi’s most respected DJs, such as DJ Oskido, and has today become one of the best female house DJs in SA.
- Poppy Ntshongwana
Poppy Ntshongwana is a South African radio DJ and events MC best known as a presenter on 5FM, since 2005. She started her success as a contributor to the Fresh Drive and later landed her own show.
Poppy has become so much more than just a pretty voice on the radio; she has become a successful national DJ, model, fashion guru and accomplished public speaker, inspiring women across the country to follow their passions and dreams.
- Lerato Kganyago
Lerato is a South African TV host whose rise to fame started when working for Soweto TV, which led to her hosting the LKG show. Thereafter, she became the host of The Link, a lifestyle show on the South African channel SABC 1, where she hosts major events such as the FIFA World Cup.
- Thando Thabethe
Thando Thabethe is a radio and TV presenter, actress, club DJ, MC and the first ever African brand ambassador for Nivea.
Born and raised in Johannesburg, Thando was not afraid to chase her dreams until they became a reality. She has since established herself as a force in the entertainment industry having hosted some of the biggest awards ceremonies in the country, namely the South African Music Awards, the South African Film and TV awards, and also taking the title of the first female to host a drive time show on 5FM.
- Ms Cosmo
She’s holding her own against the likes of AKA, Nasty C, and Black Coffee. Nonqaba Nozuko Rwaxa, stage name Ms Cosmo, is arguably SA’s hottest female Hip-Hop DJ and VJ talent at present with two new singles that have been making waves across the country. Her career, however, doesn’t stop there as Ms Cosmo also shares her musical knowledge on early morning radio with the aim of empowering other women in society and in the music industry.
Up-and-Coming DJs Female South African DJs
Angela Weickl, AKA Ang, keeps the Cape Town electronic music scene pumping with a sound that is appropriately defined as ‘Booty Bass.’ As a promoter, artist manager and online radio host, her energy is deeply invested in the South African electronic music industry and this passion directly influences the confidence and execution of her stage performance.
Growing up to the sounds of funk, soul, 80s, 90s, and more, K-$’s beats have fans floating through a unique variety of genres and eras. With only a few years of serious play-time, we foresee this alternative artist producing many more feel-good beats to come.
- Lady Zeejay
Lady Zeejay, born and raised in Soweto, Johannesburg is a Deep House DJ & Mixtape Queen. Since 2010 she has rapidly gained worldwide recognition for her blend of Deep House, unique lounge and ambiance style getting her inspiration from legends like DJ Mark Farina, Osunlade and Alton Miller.
- Milli Bala
Milli Bala has been ‘holding her own’ in the music industry since 2010, packing dance floors and festivals with her progressive, deep house music across the country. Since her debut 10-track album, House Maepa, Milli Bala is quickly becoming a house-hold name in South Africa.
- Portia Luma
Portia Luma is a Cape Town based female DJ, specialising in afro house and has a passion for performing live, designing clothes and hosting events. Since focusing on pursuing her career full time, this 23-year old has found herself being the only female to take part in the 2017 Makoya Mix Regional Finals.