My Name Is: Dj Zinhle
" My Name Is" DJ Zinhle featuring Busiswa Gqulu is a banging tribal beat at its best with lyrics that celebrate women as queens with the ability to blaze the dance floor with their DJ skills. You may have heard the song or heard about Dj Zinhle but have no idea who she is.
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 turntables. 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.
Zinhle never planned on becoming a DJ. In fact, she only got into it because of chance and circumstance. “My brother Zak owned a company that hired out sound equipment, and he had so much love for music that he would always de-stress through mixing vinyls at home. One day he showed me how mixing works,” says the young lady from Dannhauser in Natal. Her first proper gig happened when she was helping her brother set up for an event. The DJ was late, so Zinhle stepped in and the rest, as they say, is history. Well, not quite… She did, after all, have to break some ground by entering an industry dominated by men.
November 2009 saw the release of DJ Zinhle’s long awaited compilation titled “Feminine Touch” under Kalawa Jazmee Records.
The album feature 11 of the hottest tracks such as Pepe, Another Zulu, Roots, So Young, So Bad, to name a few, which were produced by young, local talent. Zinhle says that it’s always been her wish to work with young people because they have so much to give.
In February 2009, DJ Zinhle partnered with Nomndeni Mdaki to launch The Firm Understanding of Sound Entertainment Academy (FUSE), the first DJing academy in South Africa that specifically targets female DJs. FUSE Academy aims to empower young talented females in becoming DJ’s and the approach adopted by FUSE is a holistic one aimed at identifying and nurturing talent.