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MANZINI – South African (SA) musician DJ Zinhle says it was sad losing AKA, but he left her with more people to help raise their daughter Kairo.

Born Ntombezinhle Jiyane, is a DJ, producer, media personality and a businesswoman. DJ Zinhle has won numerous awards throughout her career, including seven Metro FM Music Awards, three SAMA Awards, and two African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA). She was also named one of the Top 100 Most Influential Women in South Africa by Forbes magazine in 2020. This year’s House Music Fest (HMF) was held at Manzini Club this past Saturday. It featured the talented female DJ who came with other SA acts such as  Oskido, Oscar Mbo, Dustinho, Chronical Deep as well as Sio.

The well-attended show saw over 4 000 patrons attend to celebrate House music. Among the listed artists in the line-up, DJ Zinhle was the second SA act to grace the stage and she performed for an hour. Before finishing off her performance, she jumped on top of the decks and danced for patrons while engaging them on the microphone. After finishing her stellar performance, she gave this publication an interview, where she opened up about losing her daughter’s father, AKA, who was shot dead this year outside a restaurant in Durban. 

During the interview, she was probed about how it was like losing the ‘Lemons lemonade’ hitmaker, she described the tragedy as a sad one. “I am a big believer in family you know. Even though Kiernan is gone, I do believe in family. I believe in Nadia as I believe in family. As much as Kiernan is not here but there are a whole lot of people who will help us raise Kairo. It definitely hurts that he is gone, like it is sad that AKA is gone but I feel like we should really push for family love. Kairo is fine because there is family, I don’t feel like we should be sadder. Yes it’s true that it is a sad thing, but again it takes a village, it takes more than me,” the musician said.


“The whole thing of me being a single mother is just a tidal but in reality there is Tony (AKA’s father), Stephen (AKA’s younger brother), Nadia, there’s  a lot of family that takes care of us, so I think we will be fine. If everyone can get to that mentality of family should always get along for the sake of the children, everything would be fine,” Zinhle said. Overall, the musician said coming to Eswatini was good as it had been a while since she visited the country. “Coming to the show was really cool, I’ve missed Eswatini, as I haven’t been here in a long time. Also, I would love to work with artists from this side, I am always open to working with people especially female vocalists, and the reach can go further than SA. ‘‘The energy that was shown to me was really great in this country; it is nice to come to a show which is strictly about House music. I have been a DJ for 18 years, I used to come to Eswatini for these kind of shows and since I have already come back, you should know that it is nice and really special,” shared the artist.

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