- Entrepreneur: DJ Zinhle
- Business: The Firm Understanding of Sound Entertainment Academy (FUSE)
- Website: www.fuse-academy.co.za
DJ Zinhle burst onto the local music scene almost 10 years ago. Born and raised in KwaZulu-Natal, her family used to rely on candles for light.
“If an uncle gave me R5, my mother would make me give it back. It taught me the value of waiting,” recounts Zinhle.
She has served as resident DJ on the SABC1 music show Jika Majika, and she has hosted her own radio show on YFM.
Zinhle diversified her career path by branching into acting; having appeared on television series like Rhythm City and eKasi: Our Stories.
With a view to assist younger generations that want to work in the music and entertainment sectors, Zinhle and her business partner, Nomndeni Mdakhi, launched The Firm Understanding of Sound Entertainment Academy (FUSE). The establishment is the first DJ’ing academy in South Africa that specifically targets female DJs. To date, more than 500 young female DJs have graduated from the academy.
Zinhle has also branched into the fashion sector, with an online accessories shop called Era by DJ Zinhle, which is steadily growing in success.
DJ Zinhle shares her advice on knowing what you want, and taking it:
“My message to women is: stop being lazy. Women can fight harder for the things they want. Dreaming takes guts. It must scare you. Women are so apologetic about making money. We need to get to the point where we are like, ‘We want this big money’.” – DJ Zinhle