DJ Zinhle

DJ Zinhle
Ntombezinhle Jiyane

(1983-12-30) 30 December 1983 (age 38)
Other namesHer Majesty
EducationUniversity of Johannesburg
  • DJ
  • producer
  • media personality
  • business woman
Years active2004–present
Children2, incl. Kairo Owethu Forbes and Asante Mohosana [4]
AwardsNamibian Annual Music Award (Pan African Artist of the Year. 2020)
Musical career
WebsiteOfficial website Edit this at Wikidata

Ntombezinhle Jiyane (born (1983-12-30)December 30, 1983) is a South African DJ, producer, media personality and business woman, who is better known by her stage name DJ Zinhle.[5]

Zinhle has also pursued an acting career. She made her on-screen debut as judge in Jika MaJika, Idols South Africa, Turn It On, and 1's and 2' (2021) and appeared as a guest on the television series eKasi: Our Stories (2011), Play Your Part (2012), Tropika Island (2012), The Close Up, and Rhythm City.

Early life

Ntombezinhle Jiyane was born in Dannhauser, KwaZulu-Natal.[6] After leaving Dannhauser, she went to stay in Newcastle, and studied at Siyamukela High School in Emadadeni, Newcastle.[7]


DJ Zinhle started her career around 2004.[8] 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.[9][10] She got her first break as a resident DJ on a youth dance show called Jika Majika that aired on SABC 1.[11]

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.[12] At the second ceremony of Mzansi Kwaito and House Music Awards, she won two awards includes; Best House DJ and Best House Female Artist.[13] Zinhle also headlined the Zimfest 2019 live concert, a Zimbabwean festival held in England.[14][15] Her 2019 hit single "Umlilo" gained 5.1 million streams in just three months,[16] and certified 3× platinum by the Recording industry of South Africa (RISA)[17] and it was also voted as 2019's Song of The Year.[18] DJ Zinhle was chosen as the headline act for the inaugural Red Bull Music Experience in Cape Town.[19]

In 2021, she co-host talent show competition on Sabc 1 called 1's and 2's alongside with DJ Tira and DJ Speedsta.[20] Towards the end of 2021, she announced Unexpected her upcoming reality show which will be premiered on BET Africa.[21]



Year Title Role Notes
Jika Majika Herself Resident DJ
2011 eKasi: Our Stories Thuli Supporting role
Rhythm City Faniswa
It's OK We're Family Herself
2012 Tropika Island Herself Judge
Idols South Africa Guest Judge
Turn It Out
2021 1's and 2's Judge


  • 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.[22]
  • Named one of 21 Most powerful African women by Oprah magazine.[23]
  • Channel 24 named her as the 4th most powerful celebrity in South Africa.[24]
  • Glamour magazine's Woman of the Year.[25]
  • Launched the women empowerment TV series It Takes a Village.[26]
  • In late 2019, she was named as the Top Female DJ in Africa for the 2nd year in a row.[27][28][29]
  • On 7 March 2020, she won the Forbes Woman Africa Entertainer Award.[30][31]
  • She was announced as Africas number 1 female DJ on DjaneTop list of 2021.[32]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Ceremony Prize Recipient/Nominated work Result Ref.
2020 26th South African Music Awards Record of the Year (fan-voted) Umlilo Nominated
2020 Namibian Annual Music Awards Pan African Artist of the Year Herself Won [33]
2021 27th South African Music Awards Best Music Video of the Year Umlilo Nominated
2022 Global Music Awards Africa DJ of the Year Herself Pending [34]

Personal life

DJ Zinhle was in an on and off relationship with South African rapper AKA, until their split in January 2020.[35][36] She and AKA have a child named Kairo Owethu Forbes.[37] In September 2021, she gave birth to a baby girl named Asante with her boyfriend Bongani also known as Murdah Bongz[38]


  1. ^ "Zinhle on her relationship with aka this are easier this time". 25 November 2019. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Dj zinhle and aka break up again". Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  3. ^ Mpapu, Hopewell (10 September 2021). "DJ Zinhle gives birth to a baby girl | Truelove". News24. South Africa.
  4. ^ "Dj Zinhle — Baby Kairo". zalebs. Retrieved 17 January 2020.
  5. ^ "Dj Zinhle From her highs to her lows". Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Dj Zinhle — zalebs". Retrieved 17 January 2020.
  7. ^ "Full Facts About Dj Zinhle". March 2016. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  8. ^ "Dj Zinhle on family — celebrity life after 15 years of music". 7 April 2019. Retrieved 17 January 2020.
  9. ^ "Dj Zinhle -Biography". Celebsolino Inc. 2020. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  10. ^ "Entertainment — News". Retrieved 17 January 2020.
  11. ^ "Dj zinhles supersonic rise to stardom and finding herself in a male dominated industry". 8 February 2019. Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  12. ^ "Dj Zinhle and Amanda Black to head sisters with soul concert". Retrieved 17 January 2020.
  13. ^ Maliba, Amanda (26 November 2017). "DJ Zinhle, Spikiri win big at Mzansi Kwaito & House Music Awards". Independent Online.
  14. ^ "Dj Zinhle Headlines 2019 Zimfest Live". 30 July 2019. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  15. ^ "Dj Zinhle & Kwesta Set to Headline Lifestyle and Music Festival". musicmagsa. Retrieved 17 January 2020.
  16. ^ "Here's how Dj zinhle — Rethabile mvzzles hit song umlilo came". timeslive. 2 December 2019. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  17. ^ "DJ Zinhle celebrates 'Umlilo' going 3x platinum".
  18. ^ "Dj Zinhle On winning Song of the year — God told me 2020 is my year". Retrieved 17 January 2020.
  19. ^ "Dj Zinhle headlines inaugural Res Bull Music experience". Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  20. ^ Mkhize, Lesego (27 September 2018). "DJ Zinhle to judge on SABC 1's talent show 1's and 2's". News24. South Africa.
  21. ^ Maimela, Lerato. "'Unexpected': DJ Zinhle's baby number two and reality TV show". The Citizen. Retrieved 24 August 2021.
  22. ^ "Dj Zinhle Among Top 10 influential women in SA". Retrieved 17 January 2020.
  23. ^ "Our Artist Dj Zinhle named one of 21 most powerful african women — Oprah Magazine". Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  24. ^ "Meet The 10 Most Powerful Celebs in SA". Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  25. ^ "Glamour Woman Of The Year Dj Zinhle". Retrieved 17 January 2020.
  26. ^ "Reality Tv — Dj Zinhle on her new reality show — It Takes A Village". Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  27. ^ "Dj Zinhle Named Top Female Dj In Africa For the 2nd year". Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  28. ^ "Year Review Dj Zinhle All Bags Secured — Success". Retrieved 17 January 2020.
  29. ^ "Lifestyle Entertainment — Zinhle is still africa female Dj". Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  30. ^ "Halala! Dj Zinhle bags forbes woman africa entertainer award - MSN". 7 March 2020. Retrieved 8 March 2020.
  31. ^ "Zinhle wins Forbes woman africa entertainer award". 7 March 2020. Retrieved 8 March 2020.
  32. ^ "DJ Zinhle is Africas number 1 female DJ on DjaneTop list of 2021". Retrieved 13 December 2021.
  33. ^ "DJ Zinhle celebrates Namibian Annual Music Award win: 'This means a lot to me'". Channel 24. 19 October 2020. Archived from the original on 20 October 2020. Retrieved 12 December 2021.
  34. ^ Shumba, Ano (26 January 2022). "Global Music Awards Africa 2022: All the nominees | Music In Africa". Music In Africa. Retrieved 27 February 2022.
  35. ^ "Zinhle on her relationship with aka this are easier this time". 25 November 2019. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  36. ^ "Dj zinhle and aka break up again". Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  37. ^ "Dj Zinhle — Baby Kairo". zalebs. Retrieved 17 January 2020.
  38. ^ Mpapu, Hopewell (10 September 2021). "DJ Zinhle gives birth to a baby girl | Truelove". News24. South Africa.

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