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. 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.
Jika Majika (TV) Role: Resident DJ
Zinhle always knew she wanted to work in entertainment and initially trained to be a TV presenter. It seems she was destined to appear on our screens, despite career change, as she got her second big break with the dance show Jika Majika. Jika Majika is an SABC1 youth show that showcases the latest dance moves. Zinhle was a resident DJ for the show for three years which made her a household name.
Rhythm City (TV)
Role: Guest Role as Faniswa
Recognizing her talent and influence, shows like Rhythm City have invited DJ Zinhle to feature as a guests actress, needless to say that she pilled of the role perfectly.
Imfihlo, The Secret (TV)
Role: Female Lead
DJ Zinhle had to swap her turntables for the small screen, where she played a lead role on e-tv’s mini film called, Imfihlo (The Secret). DJ Zinhle played the role of Thuli, a devoted mother and wife who is happily married, nut thigs turn sour when her husband loses his job. This was DJ Zinhle’s first lead role and according to the producers she did a splendid job, “she really impressed us, even though he had very little acting experience” they commented.
Club Culture (TV)
Role: Insert Presenter, DJ 101 and voice over artist
Club Culture is a hot, new South African prime time television show on SABC 1! Its about the Club, the Culture and the Music. The show blends the best of club music, dance music videos, Exclusive Mzansi Visual mixes and lifestyle content related to the pop / dancehall youth Music culture! DJ Zinhle presents a insert called DJ 101 which gives information and pointers to up and coming DJs. Zinhle is also a voice over artist for Club Culture.
Zinhle joined a Gauteng based youth radio station as a mix DJ every Friday and Saturday where she had a mixing slot which was between 22:30 and 23:00. After showing her dedication to the slot, she was recognized by DJ Oskido who then invited her to join his Saturday Dance Show called Oskido’s Church. Zinhle was on Oskido’s show for over three years.
Oskido says, “DJ Zinhle is very dedicated to what she does. Many people enter the music industry for the wrong reasons but not her. She carries herself well in the industry and gives 100% to every gig and performance. We work well together and I value her commitment.
Feminine Touch Album Release
November 2009 saw the release of DJ Zinhle’s long awaited compilation titled “Feminine Touch” under Kalawa Jazmee Records.
The album feature 11 of the hottest tracks such as Pepe, Another Zulu, Roots, So Young, So Bad, to name a few, which were produced by young, local talent. Zinhle says that it’s always been her wish to work with young people because they have so much to give.
In February 2009, DJ Zinhle partnered with Nomndeni Mdaki to launch The Firm Understanding of Sound Entertainment Academy (FUSE), the first DJing academy in South Africa that specifically targets female DJs.
FUSE Academy aims to empower young talented females in becoming DJ’s and the approach adopted by FUSE is a holistic one aimed at identifying and nurturing talent.
FUSE Academy encapsulates the many challenges that females are faced with within the entertainment industry. It provides training, mentoring, and tutoring to equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge required to succeed in the entertainment industry.
FUSE Academy is a deejaying school founded and hosted by two young black females, with the purpose to empower young females interested in a career within the entertainment industry.
The academy is located in Newtown, Johannesburg and since its launch over 100 students have graduated from Fuse Academy
DJ Zinhle has appeared in the following mediums:
Ukhozi FM , 5FM, Metro FM, Ikwekwezi FM, Ligwalagwala FM, Capricon FM, YFM, Igagasi FM & more.
SistaHood (E-TV) , Mzansi Insinder (SABC 1), Selimathunzi (SABC1), Ses’khona (SABC1), Yo-TV (SABC1), Live (SABC1), Channel O, MTV, Club 808 (E-TV), Vuzu & more.
Mail & Guardian, Sowetan,City Press, Daily Sun, Citizen, Sunday World (Careers), Sunday Sun, Isolezwe and Pretoria News.
juicyafrica.com, djsbuonline.com, yfm.co.za, lovelife.org.za, disa.co.za, mio.co.za & more.
HypeAvenue, Tru Love Magazine, Bona Magazine, Cleo Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Drum Magazine, People Magazine, BPM, Fairlady, Move Magazine and Soul Magazine
Dj Zinhle has played at the following events:
Miami Music Conference, Southern African Music Conference, Durban July, SA Fashion Week, Mbombela Stadium Launch, MTV Birthday Party and more