5 minutes with Uncle Waffles

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Uncle Waffles on how her life has changed since her viral video.
Uncle Waffles on how her life has changed since her viral video.
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She went from begging to play a 5-minute set in a club to becoming one of the most booked DJs in the country in a matter of days. This is a blessing that Uncle Waffles - whose real name is Lungelihle Zwane - does not take for granted.

The 21-year-old viral sensation is the hottest DJ on the block right now and is even followed by award-winning rapper, Drake.

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In her viral video, she's seen entertaining a crowd with her dance moves during a set she played at Zone 6 venue in Soweto. The video is currently sitting on 3,9 million views on Twitter and has been retweeted over 35 000 times. 

We recently caught up with her to talk about her career and how her viral video has changed her life. 

Please tell us about your journey to becoming a DJ?

I worked with a lot of creatives, including DJs, in my daily life. When they’d be around, I’d ask to try mixing and I definitely sucked. This changed when a DJ called Stunner actually started teaching me. We’d spend hours on end trying to work on my mixing. After 3 months, he stopped teaching me and insisted that all I needed to do was practice, so I did.

Day in and day out during lockdown I’d go to a studio and practice. I would record my mixes to listen to my mistakes and work to improve on those. It took almost a year for me to gain enough confidence to take bookings.

Uncle Waffles is the hottest DJ on the block.

How did the stage name ‘Uncle Waffles’ come about?

It's all from a joke. My friends in high school called me Waffles, and I just decided to randomly add the Uncle to make Uncle Waffles.

Describe yourself in three words...

I’d say I’m funny, a perfectionist, and did I mention funny?

Where are you originally from?

I’m from ESwatini; I was born and raised there. I came to South Africa for better opportunities in the creative industry.

Have you always wanted to be in the entertainment industry?

Yes I have. Unfortunately, the industry is almost non-existent where I’m from. I wanted to venture into TV, producing and script writing since I was very young. I’ve always had the urge to create.

How has your life changed since your video went viral?

I went from coming to South Africa and asking all the promoters in clubs for just 5 minutes of playing and being rejected, to being booked until next year. God’s grace has been unexplainable, everything has changed.

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Do you have plans to release your own music in future?

Yes, I’d love to work with De Mthuda and Kabza De Small as well as others, the list is too long.

What would you say are the top three secrets to giving a good performance as a DJ?

Enjoy your set, interact with the people, and be yourself.

What would you say to anyone who aspires to become a DJ?

I’d say when something is yours, you'll walk straight into it. Work hard, the doors will follow suite. It’s possible to live within a reality you thought was impossible.

Wha can fans expect to see from you for the rest of the year?

Vlogs, music, more huge performances, more interactive content and merch.

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