DJ Zinhle

DJ Zinhle
NtombeZinhle Jiyane

(1982-12-30) 30 December 1982 (age 38)
NationalitySouth African
Other namesDJ Zinhle
  • DJ
  • producer
  • media personality
  • business woman
Years active2004–present

Ntombezinhle Jiyane (born December 30, 1984)[1] is a South African DJ, producer, media personality, and business woman, who is better known by her stage name DJ Zinhle.[2]

Early life

Ntombezinhle Jiyane was born on 30 December 1982 at Dannhauser, KwaZulu-Natal.[3] After leaving Dannhauser, she went to stay in Newcastle, and studied at Siyamukela High School in Emadadeni, Newcastle.[4]


DJ Zinhle started her career around 2004.[5] 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.[6][7] She got her first break as a resident DJ on a youth dance show called Jika Majika that aired on SABC 1.[8]

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.[9] Zinhle also headlined the Zimfest 2019 live concert held in Zimbabwe.[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]


  • 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.[16]
  • Named one of 21 Most powerful African women by Oprah magazine.[17]
  • Channel 24 named her as the 4th most powerful celebrity in South Africa.[18]
  • Glamour magazine's Woman of the Year.[19]
  • Launched the women empowerment TV series It Takes a Village.[20]
  • In late 2019, she was named as the Top Female DJ in Africa for the 2nd year in a row.[21][22][23]
  • On 7 March 2020, she won the Forbes Woman Africa Entertainer Award.[24][25]

Personal life

DJ Zinhle was in an on and off relationship with South African rapper AKA, until their split in January 2020.[26][27] She and AKA have a child named Kairo Owethu Forbes.[28]


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  9. ^ "Dj Zinhle and Amanda Black to head sisters with soul concert". Retrieved 2020-01-17.
  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.
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  14. ^ "Dj Zinhle On winning Song of the year — God told me 2020 is my year". Retrieved 2020-01-17.
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  16. ^ "Dj Zinhle Among Top 10 influential women in SA". Retrieved 2020-01-17.
  17. ^ "Our Artist Dj Zinhle named one of 21 most powerful african women — Oprah Magazine". Retrieved 2020-01-18.
  18. ^ "Meet The 10 Most Powerful Celebs in SA". Retrieved 2020-01-18.
  19. ^ "Glamour Woman Of The Year Dj Zinhle". Retrieved 2020-01-17.
  20. ^ "Reality Tv — Dj Zinhle on her new reality show — It Takes A Village". Retrieved 2020-01-16.
  21. ^ "Dj Zinhle Named Top Female Dj In Africa For the 2nd year". Retrieved 2020-01-18.
  22. ^ "Year Review Dj Zinhle All Bags Secured — Success". Retrieved 2020-01-17.
  23. ^ "Lifestyle Entertainment — Zinhle is still africa female Dj". Retrieved 2020-01-16.
  24. ^ "Halala! Dj Zinhle bags forbes woman africa entertainer award - MSN". 2020-03-07. Retrieved 2020-03-08.
  25. ^ "Zinhle wins Forbes woman africa entertainer award". 2020-03-07. Retrieved 2020-03-08.
  26. ^ "Zinhle on her relationship with aka this are easier this time". 2019-11-25. Retrieved 2020-01-15.
  27. ^ "Dj zinhle and aka break up again". Retrieved 2020-02-18.
  28. ^ "Dj Zinhle — Baby Kairo". zalebs. Retrieved 2020-01-17.