|Stage Name:||DJ Fresh|
|Real Name:||Thato Sikwane|
|Occupation:||Disc Jockey, Radio Host, Producer, Entrepreneur|
|Date Of Birth/Age:||15 October, 1972 (48 years old)|
|Place of Birth:||Botswana|
|Education:||Maru-a-Pula Boarding School|
Thato Sikwano popularly known as DJ Fresh is a Motswana radio DJ, producer and entrepreneur who is based in South Africa. He is currently the host of the Afternoon Drive show on 947 which he has done since 2019. He has also released several House music hit songs and mixes, and worked for SABC radio stations; 5FM, MetroFM, and YFM, & Kaya FM.
He is considered to be one of South Africa’s most successful radio presenters, with a career spanning three decades.
Early Life & Career
Thato Sikwane was born in Botswana where he spent a few years. He currently resides in Jozi, South Africa where he has lived in 1995.
DJ Fresh first discovered his music talent during his early teens. At age 13, he began demonstrating his ability to Deejay. This happened a Maru-a-Pula, a top boarding school which he attended. DJ Fresh also attended Law School but left before graduating to pursue a Deejaying career. At the time, he was enrolled in full-time media studies where he specialized in advertising and journalism.
He later enrolled at the Boston Media House where he grew his talent in the entertainment industry. DJ Fresh is regarded as one of South Africa’s most exciting media personalities. He has one of the most stable careers in the media which has spanned over 3 decades. Fresh makes regular television appearances and actively involves in socially uplifting courses.
DJ Fresh was born on the 15th day of October, 1972. He is 48 years old.
Thato Sikwane aka DJ Fresh has been married to Thabiso Sikwane for many years now. The met while DJ Fresh worked at YFM. He was only a news
reader at the radio station at the time.
The couple has 4 children. The first child (born outside the 17 year old married) is a 26 year old young woman, followed by a 17 year old son, then an 11 year old daughter and a 5 year old son who is the last. DJ Fresh is also a grandfather.
DJ Fresh is considered one of the biggest contributors to the House music genre. He is famous for the “Club Y Session 2” album which was released in 2003. He is also known for the songs “Afro Blue”, “Afro Samba”, “Comme Si, Comme Sa” and more. He is also famous for the mixes “Club Y”, “Surge”, “Definition of House”, and more.
Radio Presenter Career
DJ Fresh began his debut as a radio presenter on the Botswana RB2 Radio Show in 1992. The exposure played a remarkable role in the development of his career as a radio presenter at the time.
In 1997, DJ Fresh joined the YFM regional station as a host for the afternoon program. He coined the term Yona Ke Yona during his time at the station. He switched to the Morning Drive in 2003, and finally left the station in 2006 to join 5 FM national radio station. The moved helped his radio presenting career. He later joined Metro FM, Urban Radio Station where he hosted the Breakfast Show. In 2019, he announced that he had joined 947 as host of the Afternoon Drive.
DJ Fresh awards Bursary to students completing their matric year. The bursary covers 3 years only of tuition studying any course of their choice at the University of Johannesburg.
DJ Fresh’s back is decorated with tattoos of the faces of several great African leaders including Nelson Mandela, Samora Machel, Seretse Khama and more.
Sunday World reports that DJ Fresh is the highest paid radio presenter in South Africa with a reported hourly pay of R3,600 at Metro FM. His actual networth is yet to be unveiled. In 2020 ZALEBS reported that he is worth $2million.