Metro FM and SAMA Award nominee 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 andcircumstance. “My brother Zak owned a company that hired out sound equipment, and he hadso 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.
11 years later and Zinhle has achieved a lot, she has been nominated for Song of the Year for both the Metro FM and SAMA Awards for her smash hit titles “My Name Is” featuring Busiswa, the same song also earned her 2 nominations at the Channel O Awards.
- In 2009, Mail & Guardian announced DJ Zinhle as one of the 300 Young South Africans “You have to take to Lunch”
- In 2013, Sunday Times’ Generation Next recognized DJ Zinhle as one of top 3 coolest DJs in South Africa.
- In 2014, DJ Zinhle was one on the 21 African Women on O Power List by Oprah Magazine SA.
- In 2015 DJ Zinhle received an award for Woman of the Year from Glamour Magazine.
- Magazine Cover Features
– Destiny Magazine – March 2015
– Grazia Magazine – December 2015
– True Love Magazine – December 2012
– Bona Magazine – December 2013
– Soul Magazine – June 2013
- DJ Zinhle has also been featured on other publications such as Cosmopolitan Magazine, Elle Magazine, Glamour Magazine and more.
DJ Zinhle has performed at the following events.
In 2014, DJ Zinhle was one of the artists featured at the Arts & Culture South African After Parties at the 2014 Common Wealth Games in Glasgow.
She has also performed at the SAMA Awards, MAMAs, Channel O Awards, Gauteng Sports Awards, Miami Music Conference, Southern African Music Conference, Durban July, SA Fashion Week, Mbombela Stadium Launch, MTV Birthday Party and more .
Face Of Legit Spring/Summer 2013 – “South Africa’s hottest house DJ and trendsetter, DJ Zinhle, has been announced as the new face
of Legit for Spring/Summer 2013. DJ Zinhle will be showing off the denim and tee’s range, and we have no doubt that she will absolutely rock it. The range is both casual and sexy, so it appeals to women who like dressing down and those who enjoy the attention.” –Woman24.com
MSC Business College Ambassador Jan – March 2016 – “MSC Business College is excited to announce the appointment of prominent DJ, television
personality and entrepreneur, DJ Zinhle, as a brand ambassador for 2016. The College, known for equipping graduates with the right attitudes and ethics to gear them for a successful career, identified DJ Zinhle as someone who truly resonates with the pillars of the brand.” – MSB Business College Press Release
Pink Revolution Conference
In 2015, DJ Zinhle & business partner Nomndeni Mdakhi successfully hosted the Pink Revolution Conference, which was the first ever, female delegate only music conference. The conference is an annual event that focuses on female empowerment within the music industry. It’s also designed as a networking platform for females interested in a career in the entertainment fields.
Fuse Academy For Girls
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. The academy’s purpose is to empower young females interested in a career
within the entertainment industry. The academy is located in Melville, Johannesburg. Since its launch over 400 students have graduated from Fuse Academy.
ERA By DJ Zinhle
ERABYDJZINHLE is a brand that designs and sells finished watches and bracelets. Based in South Africa, ERABYDJZINHLE was launched in February 2013, the company took its name ERA BY DJ ZINHLE from the word “era’, which is a date or an event forming the beginning of any distinctive period, completing the name is Ntombezinhle Jiyane’s DJ name who is the founder and is more popularly known as DJ Zinhle.
Kalawa Jazmee Records:
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.
My Name Is ft Busiswa
“My Name Is” is currently sitting on over 127 500 view on YouTube and having held the number two spot on the Media Guide, “My Name Is” was one of the biggest songs in Africa in 2012. The song, which was released under Kalawa Jazme Recoords, earned two Channel Nominations, and it was dubbed the “song of the Miami Music Conference” this year after it was signed and released internationally buy Nulu Records, owned by Anane Vega.
Metro FM : Role: Mix DJ
Every Saturday morning from 05:00 till 09:00 Phat Joe brings an entertaining spin to early weekend morning radio through his breakfast show titles “The Real Phat Joe” show, DJ Zinhle is currently a contributor on the show as her mixes are featured on the show every week.
YFM: Role: Mix DJ
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.
Ukhozi FM Role: Mix DJ
UKhozi FM is one the biggest radio stations on the planet and the largest in Africa with its listenership in constant access of 7.2 million over the past decade. For a year, DJ Zinhle had a mixing slot every weekday on the drive time show. The mixing slot was titled “4 songs at 444” (4 songs at 16:44).
Jika Majika (TV)
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.
Role: Resident DJ
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.
DJ Zinhle has appeared in the following mediums:
- Radio Stations
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.
Tru Love Magazine, Bona Magazine, Cleo Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Drum Magazine, People Magazine, BPM, Fairlady, Move Magazine and Soul Magazine