Zinhle Jiyane, aka DJ Zinhle, stepped onto the South African DJ scene at a time when it was still very much of a man’s world. But 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. Now available through Conference Speakers
The 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.
It’s 7 years later and Zinhle has achieved a lot, She’s been a DJ and speaker at the Southern African Music Conference for four years in a row; she was nominated by the Mail & Guardian as one of 300 young people “you have to take to lunch” which recognizes young South Africans who are making a difference in their respective careers and she has recently entered the tevelvision world in acting roles and a s a TV presenter.
DJ Zinhle has traveled all over the world, making people dance in Malaysia, Miami, Washington, Namibia, Swaziland, Algeria, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Namibia, Indiana, London and many more.