Metro FM Award and SAMA nominee Zinhle Jiyane, aka DJ Zinhle, stepped onto the South African DJ scene at a time when it was still very much a man’s world. 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 booked 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.
11 years later and Zinhle has achieved a lot, she has been nominated for Song of the Year for both the Metro FM Awards and SAMA for her smash hit titles “My Name Is” featuring Busiswa. The same song also earned her 2 nominations at the Channel O Awards.
She’s been a DJ and speaker at the Southern African Music Conference for four years in a row and she was on Mail & Guardian’s list as one of 300 Young South Africans “you have to take to lunch” which recognizes young South Africans who are making a difference in their respective careers.
DJ Zinhle’s achievements have landed her on the covers of Destiny Magazine, True Love Magazine, Bona Magazine and she has also been featured in publications such as Cosmopolitan Magazine, Elle Magazine and Glamour Magazine.
DJ Zinhle has travelled all over the world, making people dance in Malaysia, Scotland, Miami, Washington DC, Indiana and London to name a few. She has developed a good following on the African continent, frequenting countries such as Botswana, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Swaziland and Namibia.