Quirky, ambitious, vivacious, driven and ready for any challenge that comes her way. She’s your traffic-eye in the sky on Radio 2000, Metro FM and SAfm, and has you streaming on weekdays, as she explores real-life women’s issues on the brand-new talk show All Woman TV. These are amongst the many qualities that epitomise the quintessential MC, radio and TV personality Kia Johnson.
With the year in full swing, Johnson is showcasing more of her personality on all broadcasting platforms and bringing light to the brilliance that is women embracing technology. She has partnered with a dynamic team of women to launch the new women’s YouTube talk show All Woman TV, which is currently on its second episode. Johnson is joined on the show by TV and radio personality Fiona Furey, author and writer Chwayita Ngamlana, and arts therapist Dr Makgathi Mokwena. The show aims to create a transparent space that allows the panel to engage in an open dialogue regarding women’s issues with a select guest each episode.
Viewers can catch Johnson wax lyrical on all things feminine with the All Woman TV crew on YouTube and indulge themselves in the real, sublime and often hilarious discussions the panel engages in.
After graduating from the University of Western Cape with a BCom in Human Resources Management, Johnson began her radio and broadcasting career that has gone on to span over 15 years and counting. Since her broadcasting debut, she has interviewed and met a range of local and international personalities, such as Chef Gordan Ramsay, Pastry Chef extraordinaire Eric Lanlard and English actor and comedian John Cleese, to name but a few.
“Growing up, I was your typical introverted class nerd who always read a book and was enthralled by the creative world of words.” A couple of years later though, Johnson does admit that she grew to become the extrovert that she is today, which naturally drew her into a career in media and entertainment.
A familiar face to TV, Johnson presented and produced for the Expresso Morning Show on SABC3, then went on to launch her own TV show, Life of KJ, which aired on Openview HD, Star Sat and Deen TV. The show, which was a huge success, excelled in its aim to empower viewers through the profiling of individuals in the community who have turned their unfavourable conditions into stories of hope.
In 2011, Johnson was actively involved in the campaign that lead to Table Mountain being inaugurated as one of the seven wonders of nature. Johnson utilised her TV, radio and social
networking platforms to increase the awareness of the campaign, and she single-handedly educated and showcased the campaign to schools across the country.
In addition to her broadcasting prowess, Johnson gives her time to charitable causes. She is the Goodwill Ambassador for the NGO, she also extends her time to her chosen CSI, Tygerberg Children’s Hospital (TCH), and previously, she contributed to raising funds for the Children Who Can 4 Children Who Can’t campaign. Being a mother herself, she has also focused on the Kangaroo Mother Care Unit at TCH and has raised funds for the Neo-Natal ward.
In 2017, Johnson was a key contributor and maintained second place in the world for the HeardPSA initiative, which was coordinated in partnership with CNN and the Global Sustainability Network. The prestigious judging panel included the likes of Wesley Snipes, Joseph Fiennes, Olivier Martinez and feature film director Philip Boston. “Our focus for the initiative was on human trafficking for My Freedom Day. Since then, I have felt more drawn to a greater purpose, so I have decided that 2018 is the year for me to focus on creating awareness around this very serious issue and how we, as citizens of this world, can change it.”
Known for her healthy living, Johnson is a Muaythai ambassador for the two-time Muaythai World Champion Quentin Chong’s Dragon Power Muaythai, MMA and Fitness Centre.
MEET OUR SWEET BEAT SISTA'S
Buhle Moletsane burst onto the scene after winning former Top Billing presenter Jo-ann Strauss’ very first online presenter search in 2011. She was seasoned & mentored by Ms Strauss & her partners including the bold & brilliant Bonang Matheba & formidable businesswoman Carol Bouwer, who appeared on the cover of Destiny Mag with Miss Moletsane & has continued guiding her to this day.
In 2012 after inspiring Jo-ann’s Glambition, Buhle appeared as a guest presenter on the show which opened numerous doors for her. She became the on-site correspondent for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week that year – interviewing the likes of Jen Su, Nkhensane Nkosi, Ursula Stephens who styles Rihanna & fashion week stakeholders who later praised Buhle for her attractive personality & professionalism.
Miss Moletsane also became the PONDS Spokesperson for Unilever & part of her role was to travel across the country to 124 high schools, educating young women on grooming, hygiene & self-love. Meeting disadvantaged youth touched Buhle so much that she continued communicating with them beyond her PONDS duties. She began by donating matric dance dresses, essentials & toiletries to the young women, then furthered her engagement through a book club which she founded because it’s through information & education that these young ladies can overcome their unfortunate circumstances….
Realising her love for human connection & communication, Buhle ventured into radio in 2014, hosting & producing content on The Lunch Box, a midday show at UNISA FM. She went to TransAfrica Radio a year later to reach a bigger audience & hone her skill. 2014 was good to Buhle as it presented acting opportunities too for the young talent. She began her acting career on Generations by playing Ntombenhle, then she joined the Majakathata family on SABC 2 playing Kimmy a young wife to a stupidly rich businessman. She played Lerato in a Don’t Look Down film titled Dancing Divas before auditioning for the role of Zinzi on ETV’s Rhythm City. Though she didn’t get that role, her ability to hold an audience captive saw the production creating a whole new character specifically for her. Buhle became Refilwe in 2015 (which she still plays) & in 2016 her biggest role came in the form of Gabisile on Mzansi Magic’s Greed & Desire. The character was initially meant to appear for a few episodes but Buhle has an amazing knack for keeping audiences yearning for more, so her character was developed further & Buhle played Gabi until the Season’s end. At the moment Buhle is Phumla on ETV’s Harvest, she’s launched her soul-DJ career & is coming out with her own brand of hair soon.
Mandisa Radebe aka DBN GOGO is originally from Durban but has lived most of her life n Pretoria, before later moving to France for a few years. She has always been passionate and had love for music, two genres she developed a deep connection with were house and electronic music listening to the likes of Mobi and DJ Mbuso.
DBN Gogo has become a reputable DJ who has gained traction not just through her DJing skills – but her ability to mix commercial and underground house music.
Described as disruptable and unexpected, DBN Gogo is not your average girl next door and people love her for that. Having only officially been in the industry for a little over a year, she has finally discovered her lifelong dream to work and play as a DJ in Mzansi’s thriving music industry. Born Mandisa Radebe, DBN Gogo is rapidly becoming what can best be described as “the people’s choice” when it comes to nightlife party starters. She has featured alongside some of the most reputable and highly demanded artists in the entertainment industry. Some of the events she has featured in include, party power house Ultra South Africa, Until Until, Trace Roots, Wits O Week, Durban July and Mint Fridays at Zone 6 venue.
DBN Gogo credits her colourful taste in music to her diverse background. Born and raised in what can be argued as Mzansi’s groove capital, she moved to Pretoria and had a stint travelling in Europe. Having called many places home, she has a curated taste in music that has crafted a uniquely South African sound that keeps the dance floor on fire. Stay connected on our social media pages to find out more about her journey as a one of Mzansi’s hottest female DJ’s.
Thando also known as Lady Amar was born is the township of Soweto Johannesburg in Gauteng. Although she was born in Soweto, Thando was raised in Orange farm by a single mother and grandmother. She is a very well disciplined child who was taught to be strong from a very young age. “My mother is a strong woman who taught me that going through tough times is a lesson to keep me going.” Thando grew up in a very underprivileged background but that did not stop her from going after what she wants.
This very inspiring young woman is a recording artist and a commercial house dj and started singing at a very young age. She grew up wanting to pursue a career in teaching but we all know that as you grow you get to know yourself better and then decided to follow her destiny which is anything to do with music. She believes that singing and her love for music is her God given talents and believes that what she is doing now is what she was destined to do.
Like most of us, Thando has had a lot of downfalls. In the year 2012, Thando got her first job where she worked as a waitress at The Bread Basket. She was later promoted to supervisor but unfortunately got retrenched after two years. Thando did not let that stop her though and she then found a new job at a company called BEE STRATA, where she worked as a verification analyst and this was in 2015. In that same year, Thando decided to resign and put all her focus on her music career and that is when everything started coming together.
The following year, Thando decided to audition for South African Idols and unfortunately did not make it. All of this did not stop her as she believed that she was and still is destined for greatness.
She has since studied at FUSE Academy and has been playing at Johannesburg’s hottest clubs and parties. Thando worked on a song titled Ekseni with two upcoming artists from Orange Farm and the song has been doing very well on the streets.
Thando is very well known as an events DJ/vocalist who goes by the name of DJ Lady Amar as has made a name for herself Djying alongside some of the best DJ’s in the industry and bringing life to some of the best parties.
From Ultra’s throbbing music festivals to the showrooms of Rolls Royce and Louis Vuitton DJ Kimmy K is fast becoming a citadel of cultural expression. Naturally her striking features behind the decks have carved out her own personal style alongside every trending event.
Currently voted as one of the World’s top 100 female DJ’S, for Kimmy K music is something more than girl power, it’s an innate passion that emanates from your soul…and she is the translator.
Central to her craft is her musicality enriched by her worldwide travels, it demonstrates her intuitive ability to adapt to any audience in any environment. Her musical proficiency ranges from Deep to Afro House, Commercial to tech House and beyond. Her ultimate objective is to draw on emotion using music as the medium
Her current local residencies and playgrounds include Onyx, Taboo, Altitude, Babylon, Shimmy Beach Club, Coco, Saint, Sun International and Corona.
Internationally she has rocked the decks in the world’s biggest party islands like Ibiza and Bali and in and around the African Continent.
She has played back to back with the Fathers of House music Sandy Rivera and David Morales and the likes of Croatia squad and Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano. She has opened for local and international superstars such as Juicy M, Sons of Maria, Clinton Sparks, Willy Monfret, Toni Varga, Marc Maya, Tony Cha Cha, Timo ODV, AKA, Pretty Pink, Sammi Morales, Lady Zamar, Euphonik, DJ Fresh, Goodluck and more.
Kimmy K has graced the stages of the biggest music festivals in Africa including Ultra, H2O, Neverland and Octopia with headliners like Black Coffee, Tiesto, Afrojack, Robin Schulz, Martin Garrix and Fedde Le Grande.
Furthermore, she has represented some of the world’s top brands like Rolls Royce, Louis Vuitton, YSL, Corona, RedBull, Topshop, The One & Only, Armada Deep, HedKandi, Playboy, Fashion Week, The SA Style awards, Cosmo, Glamour and many more.
Abby Nurock describes herself as a purist. Her emotive relationship with music is her therapy, devoted strictly to vinyl. Infectious dance grooves and the majestic beats of the deeper sounds of house and tech infiltrate the hearts of the crowd.
Her Dj career began in 2002 with the purchase of two mint condition, second hand Technics SL/1210 decks on which she continues to play today. Her love for sourcing quality music drives her to expand her extensive collection of vinyl, boasting vocal, soulful, deep, funky, jazzy house, techno and minimal-tech, disco and nu-disco. She amalgamates her collection of old school and current/new school beats, freshly pressed and imported from various record labels around the world. A versatile purveyor of quality across a plethora of genres, she is raw, real and passionate.
Strawberry Lips is glad to have Abby on board as the December #SweetBeatsSista
Real name Sindisiwe Zungu, she was born in 1984 at Mandeni just 45mins outside of Durban next to the great river Uthukela. While studying at Mangosuthu Technikon she developed interest in DJing and started learning how to mix at Durbans Finest DJ Academy situated at Chilli Soul 320 West Street – Durban. Soon as she had mastered mixing, she was seen playing in every gig at Mangosuthu Technikon mixing better than most male DJs.
In 2005 Durbans Finest saw her potential and invited her under the Durbans Finest umbrella. After that she started playing in most Durbans Finest parties around Durban. DJ Cndo has played at Tilt, 144, Skyybar, Exclusive Lounge, Havana, to name but a few clubs in Durban. In 2006 Gagasi FM was launched in KZN March 13 and Durbans Finest were given a show G Session Fridays 6-10pm, it’s a mix show playing hottest tunes which also gives update of most happening gigs in town. As Cndo is Durbans Finest she became part of G Session mixing on the radio live every Friday and people love her style.
You might have seen Cndo in Jika Majika as she was featured as a resident DJ for 13 episodes when the programme was recording Durban talent. She also appeared on SABC 1 programme Seskhona when they were showing the event Durban Rocks 2006, one of the best events that attracted more than 5000 people 16 December 2006. Her first work was seen on the Gagasi FM compilation where she recorded a song with Professor the producer of Woze Durban – T’zozo En Professor. Cndo has just released her debut album Finest
Lady of House Vol1 making her the first black female dj to release a house compilation in South Africa. The album is currently climbing the charts in all record stores selling like hot cakes. DJ Cndo is heading for nothing but great success.
DJ Cndo Debut album has done well and has been nominated for the 2007 Metro FM Best compilation Award against giants in the house scene DJ Sbu and DJ Oskido. As part of the Durbans Finest Family DJ Cndo can now be heard on Ukhozi FM party time every Saturday between 10 and 12 midnight.
In 2008 and DJ Cndo Album sold over 25 000 copies, it’s her first album and its gone gold congrats to Cndo and Afrotainment! In 2008 she released Volume 2, which featured Big NUZ and production by Fisherman amongst others.
In 2009 DJ Cndo is released another summer blazing album DJ CNDO Finest Lady of House Vol3. In this album DJ Cndo worked with the best producers the country including DJ Cleo, Dr Duda, Professor (Tzozo & Professor) and of cause DJ Tira and Big Nuz. Amongst other people featured was Phila and Afrotainments No.1 vocalist Joocy. This album did really well and earned DJ Cndo a South African Music Award Song of the Year nomination.
Its 2011 and DJ Cndo is back with a banging album for the 2011 Summer. DJ Cndo is famous of always delivering nothing but dance floor fillers and this Vol 4 is doing just that. The album opens up with that monster banger “Ekat Em Yawa” by King Baya, the tune with a traditional feel that has everyone dancing like sangomas in the dancefloor. Just like her previous album DJ Cndo on this album worked with her Afrotainment family, Big Nuz, DJ Tira, DJ Fisherman, Lvovo and Joocy. Ezase Afro does what they do best on track 4 “Sidlu Life” delivering a guaranteed Durban kwaito banger which features Big Nuz, Tira and Bha. Invaders newest members from Afrotainment bring some soul into the album look out for a track called “It’s my night”. Joocy who brought u “Ngisemathandweni” comes back to this album with another sing along “Unginika Lonke”. The first single for this album is a soulful track “Bayasxabanisa” which features 2011 Pop Stars Zee and Lee.
Look out for bangers by Euphonik and Bhekzin Terris, DJ Gukwa and Lvovo Derrango.
DJ Cndo on this album is introducing some very talented young up and coming producers such as Point 5, DJ Malbi and DJ Mfundisi, Soul Poizen, Invaders that bring fresh sounds, so you guaranteed to hear some fresh beats that you have never heard before.
This album is definitely going gold watch this space…
We welcome her as a Sweet Beats Sista