Top 10 South African Female DJs

Here is a list of the top 10 female DJs in South Africa.

One thing to know about the South African music scene is how progressive it is. Looking at where we’ve come from and where we are now, it is evident that more women are taking charging and heading the scene. Several Mzansi female DJs have made names through their residencies, live gigs, and music. A lot of them are undisputedly amongst the most prominent names on the scene today. Check out our list of 10 of them.

1. DJ Zinhle

DJ Zinhle is unarguably the biggest and most prominent female DJ in South Africa. The beautiful mother of one and businesswoman is a genius on the wheels of steel. She has spawned some of the biggest hits that rocked the airwaves over the years. Teaming up with Busiswa, she released the hit “My Name Is,” and we all could not stop singing it. She has since returned with many more hits, including “Umlilo” with Rethabile Khumalo and, of course, “Ndlovu” with Lloyiso.

2. DBN Gogo

DBN Gogo is a force to reckon with. In a few years, the talented Mzansi female Disc Jockey has reached heights many only dream of. Gogo has performed on some of the world’s biggest stages and festivals, including Coachella. She has also traveled the world doing what she does best. She first gained significant recognition during the lockdown; she has kept herself in the spotlight with the music she has delivered. Gogo is credited for a long list of hits and projects, including “Bells” with TNK MusiQ, DJ Stopper & Eltonk SA, “Khuza Gogo,” and more.

3. Uncle Waffles

We didn’t know how much we needed Uncle Waffles until she showed up. Waffles first went viral, and then she stayed viral. Everyone knows how hard it is to achieve that. After going viral, Waffles began scoring gigs and performing among the continent’s most prominent artists and DJs. She is known for her energetic live gigs where she does not only entertain with the music but also with dance. She released her debut EP, “Red Dragon,” which hit the top of the charts and spawned the hit song “Tanzania.”

4. Lamiez Holworthy

Lamiez Holworthy is a whole lot of things, but most of all, she is one of South Africa’s best DJs. Lamiez is a television personality, radio presenter, record producer, businesswoman, and philanthropist. She is famous for hosting the SABC 1 music show, Live AMP. Lamiez was more interested in being seen as a DJ first before releasing her own music. Her role on Live AMP gave her all the publicity she needed to achieve significant recognition as a DJ. She has been the official DJ for the Miss South Africa event for a few years now.

5. Dineo Ranaka

Dineo Ranaka is one of South Ah’s most revolutionary DJs. She is credited with having contributed significantly to DJs being accepted on radio shows and also on television. The genius Disc Jockey is not only great at her job but also one of the best to ever do it. She is famous for creating Dance, and Electronic mixes played on the radio. The energy she exudes in Live shows is also second to none. She has also amassed a significant following over the years.

6. Lady Du

One thing we love about Lady Du is the fact that she never relents from telling her story. According to her, she did not always have things rosy in her career. She had almost quit until she scored a cameo in Boity’s reality show, and then her fame took off from them. Lady Du has since significantly contributed to the growth of the Piano movement. She has collaborated with the biggest names, from Focalistic to Mr. JazziQ. She has also scored massive hits, including “Woza,” “Dakiwe,” etc.

7. Thando Thabethe

Thando Thabethe shines as one of South Africa’s most prominent Disc Jockeys. The South African actress, radio presenter, and businesswoman is also famous for her DJing skills. She is famous for presenting the show “Thando Bares All” on channel TLC and the Drive Time show on 947 (on which she DJs and hosts). Thando also appeared as a judge on Miss South Africa 2022. Thabethe has recorded so much success as DJ, not only on radio but also doing live gigs. She has rivaled some of the biggest names on the scene.

8. Ms. Cosmo

Best known as a South African DJ, Ms. Cosmo is a radio personality, MC, podcaster, music producer, and singer. Over the years, she has risen in the ranks, scoring hits that have dominated the airwaves and even topped charts. She has collaborated with prominent artists, performed on massive stages and events, and garnered a loyal following. She is famous for hosting The Trap House and The Stir Up on 5FM. Cosmo was the first DJ to join Channel O’s DJ Music show, The Bassment.

9. Thuli Phongolo

Thuli Phongolo is currently one of the most talked about DJs in the country. She started out in 2017, first drawing criticism from many. She also simultaneously maintained an acting career which has also flourished over the years. She has been featured on some of the biggest dramas on television, playing Namhla Diale on “Generations: The Legacy” and appearing on”Makoti,” “The Republic,” and “The Wife. Over time, she has mastered the art of DJing, working more, and playing more gigs. Although she has gained more criticism, she has also earned praise for her growing music fanbase.

10. Lerato Kganyago

Like all the other ladies on this list, Lerato Kganyago is a mistress of many trades. She is an actress, model, MC, entrepreneur, media personality, and DJ. She is fondly called Queen of Soweto since winning the Miss Soweto pageant in 2002. Lerato has hosted many shows, especially on the radio, for which she has gained so much recognition. She hosted the program “DJ Sbu” on and television shows, including “Live AMP” and “The Link.” She has also won accolades for her work as a TV host and radio host, and DJ.

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