Here Are The Highest Paid DJs In South Africa


Since the dawn of our new democracy, we've seen the South African music industry experience an exponential growth of success from many of its genres of music, especially when it comes to our House DJs.

South African House DJs have not only made a mark in their home country but also abroad the likes of Culoe De Song and Black Coffee have had the pleasure of traveling around the world and spreading that South African sound.

In recent years we've seen South African DJs receiving large amounts of money to play a set at a gig, we're talking about hundreds of thousands of rands for a one hour set.

Here's the list of the highest paid DJ's in South Africa.

DJ Black Coffee

Yes we know, it is no surprise that Black Coffee is on this list, after all, he did make it onto Forbes Top 10 list of Africa's wealthiest artists.

If you head over to Black Coffee's Instagram account you will see that the man hardly spends a week in one place, he is always globetrotting and performing at gigs all across the world. The DJ and record producer makes his money in more ways than one, but it is his love for music that has taken him this far.

DJ Black Coffee was born on the 11th of March 1976 in Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal but raised in the Eastern Cape. By the time he was a young man he returned to KZN to pursue his studies in music, and as the saying would go, the rest is history.

Black Coffee has not only collaborated with local musicians but has successfully made music with many international stars as well such as Kelly Rowland, Usher, and David Guetta.

DJ Tira

The 42-year-old DJ has solidified himself as one of the most popular DJs to come out of KZN. Not only a DJ and record producer but DJ Tira is also the founder of Afrotainment Records which is responsible for birthing artists such as the likes of Dladla Mshunqisi, Big Nuz, DJ C'ndo and many more.

DJ Tira is booked on almost every weekend as he performs in gigs in South Africa and across the continent. Every month of the year is probably his most favourite as he stays making money, but we're quite sure that December is his most favourite month of the year because woah, the man gets booked back to back in December.

DJ Shimza

DJ Shimza, real name – Ashely Raphala is one of South Africa's youngest and most successful DJ's. The Tembisa-born DJ, producer and promoter's musical skills can be traced back to when he was 15 years old.

From winning a number of DJ Competitions to successfully hosting his annual One Man Show, Shimza has seen his brand grow from strength to strength.

Shimza is also known to perform across the world and has shared the stage with many other prominent DJs like Black Coffee.

DJ Euphonik

Real name Themba Mbongeni Nkosi, it is also not surprising that Euphonik has made it onto this list as some of the highest paid DJ's in the country. For more than ten years, he has managed to solidify his position as one of South Africa's most popular DJ. He was born on the 6th of December 1983; he has had a weekly radio show on the South African national radio station 5FM called My House which airs on Sunday evenings.

Besides music, Euphonik also has a great interest in property and has a few of his own properties that he rents out to students.

Euphonik has shared many times how he does not want to be rich but wealthy and to be able to create generational wealth for his offsprings.

DJ Oskido

Oscar Bonginkosi Mdlongwa popularly known as Oskido was born on the 23rd of November – 1967. Oskido is one of the pioneering artists that help popularise the Kwaito genre. Oskido is also the co-founder of Kalawa Jazmee Records which has produced many hit songs for Kwaito artists and house musicians as well.

Oskido also has a radio show on Metro FM called I Believe with Oskido that airs every Saturday afternoon.

He is an entrepreneur as well and is responsible for the careers of many other young DJ's and Kwaito artists in South Africa.

Culoe De Song

Culolethu Zulu (born 20 August 1990 in Eshowe, KwaZulu Natal is not only a DJ but remixer as well. He, like many of the other DJ's, is continually traveling the world and spreading his feel-good music.

He was also associated with DJ Black Coffee's record label – Soulistic Music.

Well done to these gentlemen, they've worked hard to get where they're at in the careers right now. Respect.

– ZAlebs

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