Zinhle

DJ

It's hard for a female DJ to break into the male-dominated ranks of DJs, but that's exactly what Zinhle has done. She was the resident DJ for SABC1's dance show Jika MaJika, and has a permanent Saturday afternoon slot with DJ Oskido on Yfm. She performs regularly at clubs and private functions and has moved into producing. She began DJing on the equipment that her brother hired out. Her first gig was foisted on her when setting up for a late DJ. She discovered that mixing came naturally and her brother ended up expertly managing her. Zinhle went on to open a DJ school, Fuse Academy, with her childhood friend Nomdeni Mdakhi. It opened in February this year and is targeted solely at girls. Aspirant DJs are taught information Zinhle wished she had when starting out: branding, marketing advice, mental skills training and media. DJ Zinhle's album The Feminine Touch will be out on the July 20. � Eamon Allan

Lunch spot: Coco Brazil, Midrand