In Africa, one of the countries that can boast about having the best DJs, is South Africa, superb DJs that are known for their mastery of the craft across the continent. South Africa, generally, is doing fine in various ways, and the entertainment industry is not an exception. Apart from having well-known musicians and comedians, there are certain DJs in the country who have attained celebrity status as a result of the massive success they found in the trade.
These professional DJs have proven their selves times and times again while invited for several events where they are paid huge sums of money to excite fun lovers. Their job is to blend nice songs to make the exclusive mixtapes that will get music lovers to go and show their dance skills.
Indeed, since the profession is getting more and more lucrative, there are many South Africans going into the sector. Nevertheless, some are better than others, and here, we will see the top ten best DJs in the country right now.
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Top 10 Best DJs in South Africa
1. Black Coffee
Born in 1976 as Nkosinathi Innocent Maphumulo, celebrity DJ Black Coffee is regarded currently as the best of his kind in South Africa. He is well acquainted with the entertainment industry in South Africa, being a singer and record producer too (although despite all other stuff he indulges himself in, he is best known as a DJ).
Black Coffee doesn’t only have the reputation of being the best DJ in the country, but also the most popular in the business, known for his expertise and mastery across Africa. Black Coffee is attached to Soulistic Music and for years has been an influential figure in the country’s entertainment sector. He is being adequately rewarded for his exploits, being paid handsomely to entertain audiences, and tagged “the richest DJ in South Africa” too. Apart from being rich and wealthy, he has also won various awards, including – AMA Best Male Artist (which he won in 2010), SAMA Best Urban Dance Album (which he won in 2005), and so on.
2. DJ Oskido
The name Oscar Bonginkosi Mdlongwa might not quickly ring a bell, but the name DJ Oskido should do, in the ears of some South Africans. Well, the same individual bears the name – the skillful DJ from the Northwestern part of the country. Oskido is a vast guy who is good at house music and other genres such as Afropop. He is also an acute businessman who also produces records. He is a boss at Kalawa Jazmee Records and is an influential guy as far as South Africa’s entertainment sector is concerned. Oscar is regarded as the second-best DJ in South Africa as well as one of the richest in the country.
3. DJ Euphonik
Born in 1983 as Themba Mbongeni Nkosi, here is another superb South African DJ who is reputed as one of the best DJs in the country. Apart from being a DJ, Themba is also a music producer and a radio presenter. His career was given a boost in 2013 with “Cool and Deadly’’, which became the best on the 5FM list of Top 40 songs.
DJ Euphonik is good with what he does, and he is being rewarded well too (being one of the richest in the country). He has been given various awards for his exploits in the entertainment industry – including the Best Compilation Album (which he won under Metro FM Music Awards).
4. DJ Maphorisa
Born in 1987 as Themba Sonnyboy Sekowe, DJ Maphorisa is another superb DJ who is also a record producer that deals with house music and Afropop. He used to be with Kalawa Jazmee Records before starting his own BlaqBoy Music. He is a superb and skillful DJ that is well-known for his crafts in the South African entertainment sector.
5. DJ Kent
Up next is DJ Kent. He was born in Soweto, SA, and has grown into one of the most known entertainers in the country. He has some albums to his name (I Can’t Survive and The Weekend) and has proven that he is a guy who is good with his game. His exploits in the industry have been rewarded at different occasions, and he has been given different awards, including the South African Music Award for Best Remix of the Year.
6. DJ Fresh
Born in 1972 as Thato Sikwane, DJ Fresh (who is also known as The Big Dawg) is another big DJ in South Africa. He has been around for a while now and has started doing his stuff in the country’s entertainment world as far back as 1997. Apart from his job as a DJ, he is also a producer, a musician, and an entrepreneur. He is married to Thabiso Sikwane and he also lives in the country.
7. DJ Sbu
Up next is DJ Sbu. He was born in 1977 as Sbusiso Leope and decided to pick the stage name DJ Sbu – which got stuck. The Tembisa-born celebrity is not only a DJ but he is also a musician, and he has some Albums to his name – including MoFaya, and Would It Be Heaven.
8. DJ Zinhle
Born as Ntombezinhle Jiyane in Dannhauser, South Africa, DJ Zinhle is a female entertainer that has ensured she stood out in the industry. She was the resident DJ on the SABC1 music show Jika Majika and was able to break into the music scene with vinyl mixes back in the year in 2004.
Ntombezinhle, apart from being a DJ, is also an actress and hosted her own radio show on YFM. In a male-dominated industry, this lady has been able to make a name for herself and is now regarded as one of the best in the country. DJ Zinhle, who has featured in television series like Rhythm City and eKasi is also the first female DJ to release a house compilation in her country.
9. DJ Cleo
Born in 1979 as Tlou Cleopas Monyepao in South Africa, DJ Cleo is the boss at Will Of Steel Productions and one of the best DJs in the country that is well known for his superb mastery of the craft. He is from Gauteng and began his career in the entertainment industry as a producer of the Unrestricted Breakfast Show that is hosted by DJ Fresh on YFM.
He fell in love with producing for radio and after some time, he took the steps to begin laying his hands on producing music for himself. He was getting better with practice, and the Kwaito and House producer soon began to reap rewards for his exploits by being compensated with various awards.
His first recording was “Will of Steel”, and there, he was able to show his stuff to music lovers in South Africa.
10. Heavy K
Born in 1991 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa as Mkhululi Siqula, Heavy K is another well-known DJ who is doing well for himself. The skillful record producer is married to Ntombi Nguse and is associated with Universal Music (Pty) Ltd. and ST. BESS RECORDS.
He has made songs that were widely embraced by lovers of music in the country – including the likes of Inde and Siphum’elokshin. Some time ago, he surprised everyone by releasing a single featuring his wife – Touch. He is a father who loves his family and doing well to make them proud.