Dannhauser DJ shares a dream

2012-04-23 00:00

DJ ZINHLE has broken barriers in a male-dominated industry and has earned the respect of local music heavyweights like DJ Fresh and Oskido and American house music legend Louie Vega.

She has produced a number of hit songs and her latest single My Name Is has received rave reviews.

Zinhle (real name Ntombezinhle Jiyane) grew up in Dannhauser. From a young age she had the desire to become famous, but admits it was all for the wrong reasons.

“I never really knew what career I wanted to get into. I always wanted to be popular, even though I didn’t really understand what being popular entailed,” she said.

She moved to Johannesburg and enrolled for a marketing course at the University of Johannesburg, which she completed in 2004. Her diploma earned her a few jobs before she decided to become a full-time DJ. When she started deejaying, Zinhle had no intention of making a career out of it.

“My brother taught me how to DJ and I was just doing it for fun,” she said.

She managed to turn a hobby into a career and her break came when she won DJ Fresh’s How Fresh Can You Get Female DJ Challenge on YFM, the Johannesburg youth radio station. “A friend called and told me about the competition and although I was very nervous, I decided to enter,” Zinhle said.

Then she was invited to feature on one of the station’s weekend shows, which gave her a lot of exposure. She became the resident DJ on SABC1’s dance show Jika Majika, and in 2009, t he Mail & Guardian featured her in their list of SA’s top 300 young people.

She said she had learnt many valuable lessons, which have helped her get to get where she is today.

“You must always have a plan. There are many promises in this industry and if you don’t have a plan you will take anything that is offered to you,” she said.

Empowering women is something that she is passionate about and she has found the perfect platform to do so.

The FUSE Academy, which she and a friend launched in 2009, is aimed at not only at teaching ladies how to DJ, but also about grooming and the ins and outs of the industry.

“I met a lot of girls who wanted to become DJs but didn’t know how to get into the industry or have the right resources. I wanted to share my experiences with them. I also want them to grow and become successful,” she explained.

With a lot of success comes a lot of negativity. Zinhle has had her fair share and has found a way of dealing with it.

“Some people are just bored and I don’t respond to their nasty comments. There’s a difference between constructive criticism and being mean. You can tell when criticism is constructive,” Zinhle said.

“My fans inspire me because they share my dream and it makes sense to them.”

Zinhle is also very clear about what she wants: “I want to continue empowering other female DJs. I want to be the kind of person who people associate with deejaying, and most importantly, I want to make a change.”

• Siyathemba.Ben@media24.com

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