DJ Zinhle

DJ Zinhle
Ntombezinhle Jiyane

NationalitySouth African
Other namesDJ Zinhle
  • DJ
  • producer
  • media personality
  • business woman
Years active2004–present

Ntombezinhle Jiyane is a South African DJ, producer, media personality and business woman, who is better known by her stage name DJ Zinhle.[1]

Early life

Ntombezinhle Jiyane was born in Dannhauser, KwaZulu-Natal.[2] After leaving Dannhauser, she went to stay in Newcastle, and studied at Siyamukela High School in Emadadeni, Newcastle.[3]


DJ Zinhle started her career around 2004.[4] Initially, she wanted to be a TV presenter and never had any aspirations of being a DJ, until her brother's passion for mixing vinyl's rubbed off on her and her love and passion for being a DJ grew.[5][6] She got her first break as a resident DJ on a youth dance show called Jika Majika that aired on SABC 1.[7]

She worked with South African music icon Boom Shaka on the album I Put It In, which featured other notable artists like Dr Malinga, Khanyi Mbau, Mphoza, and many more. She headlined the Sisters with Soul concert along with Amanda Black.[8]At the second ceremony of Mzansi Kwaito and House Music Awards, she won two awards includes; Best House DJ and Best House Female Artist.[9] Zinhle also headlined the Zimfest 2019 live concert, a Zimbabwean festival held in England.[10][11]Her 2019 hit single "Umlilo" gained 5.1 million streams in just three months,[12] and certified 3x platinum by the Recording industry of South Africa (RISA)[13] and it was also voted as 2019's Song of The Year.[14] DJ Zinhle was chosen as the headline act for the inaugural Red Bull Music Experience in Cape Town.[15]

In 2021, she co-host talent show competition on Sabc 1 called 1's and 2's alongside with DJ Tira and DJ Speedsta.[16]


  • SAMA 19 and 12th Metro FM Awards Song of the Year nominee.
  • Named one of South Africa's Top 10 most influential women in Bona magazine.[17]
  • Named one of 21 Most powerful African women by Oprah magazine.[18]
  • Channel 24 named her as the 4th most powerful celebrity in South Africa.[19]
  • Glamour magazine's Woman of the Year.[20]
  • Launched the women empowerment TV series It Takes a Village.[21]
  • In late 2019, she was named as the Top Female DJ in Africa for the 2nd year in a row.[22][23][24]
  • On 7 March 2020, she won the Forbes Woman Africa Entertainer Award.[25][26]

Personal life

DJ Zinhle was in an on and off relationship with South African rapper AKA, until their split in January 2020.[27][28] She and AKA have a child named Kairo Owethu Forbes.[29] On September 2021, she gave birth.[30]


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  2. ^ "Dj Zinhle — zalebs". Retrieved 2020-01-17.
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  4. ^ "Dj Zinhle on family — celebrity life after 15 years of music". 2019-04-07. Retrieved 2020-01-17.
  5. ^ "Dj Zinhle -Biography". Celebsolino Inc. 2020. Retrieved 2020-01-15.
  6. ^ "Entertainment — News". Retrieved 2020-01-17.
  7. ^ "Dj zinhles supersonic rise to stardom and finding herself in a male dominated industry". 2019-02-08. Retrieved 2020-02-18.
  8. ^ "Dj Zinhle and Amanda Black to head sisters with soul concert". Retrieved 2020-01-17.
  9. ^ Maliba, Amanda (26 November 2017). ""DJ Zinhle, Spikiri win big at Mzansi Kwaito & House Music Awards". Independent Online.
  10. ^ "Dj Zinhle Headlines 2019 Zimfest Live". 2019-07-30. Retrieved 2020-01-18.
  11. ^ "Dj Zinhle & Kwesta Set to Headline Lifestyle and Music Festival". musicmagsa. Retrieved 2020-01-17.
  12. ^ "Here's how Dj zinhle — Rethabile mvzzles hit song umlilo came". timeslive. 2019-12-02. Retrieved 2020-01-18.
  13. ^ "DJ Zinhle celebrates 'Umlilo' going 3x platinum".
  14. ^ "Dj Zinhle On winning Song of the year — God told me 2020 is my year". Retrieved 2020-01-17.
  15. ^ "Dj Zinhle headlines inaugural Res Bull Music experience". Retrieved 2020-02-18.
  16. ^ Mkhize, Lesego (27 September 2018). "DJ Zinhle to judge on SABC 1's talent show 1's and 2's". News24. South Africa.
  17. ^ "Dj Zinhle Among Top 10 influential women in SA". Retrieved 2020-01-17.
  18. ^ "Our Artist Dj Zinhle named one of 21 most powerful african women — Oprah Magazine". Retrieved 2020-01-18.
  19. ^ "Meet The 10 Most Powerful Celebs in SA". Retrieved 2020-01-18.
  20. ^ "Glamour Woman Of The Year Dj Zinhle". Retrieved 2020-01-17.
  21. ^ "Reality Tv — Dj Zinhle on her new reality show — It Takes A Village". Retrieved 2020-01-16.
  22. ^ "Dj Zinhle Named Top Female Dj In Africa For the 2nd year". Retrieved 2020-01-18.
  23. ^ "Year Review Dj Zinhle All Bags Secured — Success". Retrieved 2020-01-17.
  24. ^ "Lifestyle Entertainment — Zinhle is still africa female Dj". Retrieved 2020-01-16.
  25. ^ "Halala! Dj Zinhle bags forbes woman africa entertainer award - MSN". 2020-03-07. Retrieved 2020-03-08.
  26. ^ "Zinhle wins Forbes woman africa entertainer award". 2020-03-07. Retrieved 2020-03-08.
  27. ^ "Zinhle on her relationship with aka this are easier this time". 2019-11-25. Retrieved 2020-01-15.
  28. ^ "Dj zinhle and aka break up again". Retrieved 2020-02-18.
  29. ^ "Dj Zinhle — Baby Kairo". zalebs. Retrieved 2020-01-17.
  30. ^ Mpapu, Hopewell (10 September 2021). "DJ Zinhle gives birth to a baby girl | Truelove". News24. South Africa.