DJ Maphorisa is a platinum-selling DJ and record producer from South Africa.
He has worked with musicians all over the world, including Drake, Wizkid and Mlindo the Vocalist.
DJ Maphorisa started his career at an early age. He comes from a musical family. His mother was involved in the ministry and the DJ grew up listening to gospel music.
“I collected more than 10 000 music files on my computer. Every day after school, I would run home to share my music with friends. Music is my life and it comforts me when I’m sad,” he told the Daily Sun in an interview.
Here’s a look at DJ Maphorisa’s biography.
DJ Maphorisa age
DJ Maphorisa was born in Soshanguve, Tshwane, on November 15, 1987. He will turn 32 in 2019.
DJ Maphorisa real name
DJ Maphorisa’s real name is Themba 'Sonnyboy' Sekowe. He is also known as Lawd Porry and 'Lord of the Hits'.
DJ Maphorisa songs
DJ Maphorisa has many hit songs under his belt. He got his first big hit when he was a member of Uhuru. The group featured on Mafikizolo’s 2013 smash hit, Khona. DJ Maphorisa was a co-producer on the track.
Some of Uhuru’s other chart-topping songs include Y-Tjukutja and The Sound with Nigerian superstar Davido. The group has worked with Oskido, Professor, Kwesta and DJ Buckz.
DJ Maphorisa made headlines in 2016 thanks to his contribution on Canadian rapper Drake’s hit single, One Dance ft. Wizkid and Kayla.
“We did something small, when I was in LA with Wizkid. He sent something to Wizkid, because I’m always with Wizkid I just added some few things…. I didn’t produce the song. I did [get credit] just a small thig. 40and Nineteen85 are the main producers” he told Gareth Cliff on Cliff Central.
Here’s a look at some of the hit songs DJ Maphorisa has produced:
1. Shekhinah – Suited
2. Sjava & Dj Maphorisa ft. Howard - Ngempela
3. Kwesta ft. Cassper Nyovest – Ngud
4. Wizkid – In My bed
5. DJ Maphorisa ft. DJ Tira, Busiswa, Moonchild Sanelly - Midnight Starring
6. Major Lazer & DJ Maphorisa ft. Nasty C, Ice Prince, Patoranking & Jidenna - Particula
Beyoncé has also given DJ Maphorisa some recognition. Several days after her appearance at the Global Citizen Festival in Johannesburg in December 2018, the singer took to Instagram to share a video with highlights from her show. DJ Maphorisa’s iWalk ye Phara was the video’s backing track.
DJ Maphorisa booking fee
DJ Maphorisa is one of the top DJs and producers in Africa. His booking fee reportedly starts at around R120 000.
DJ Maphorisa girlfriend
DJ Maphorisa is reportedly single. While many deejays are famous for their dalliances with their groupies, DJ Maphorisa likes to keep his personal life out of the spotlight.
DJ Maphorisa rumours, controversy
DJ Maphorisa reportedly has beef with several artists in the industry. Rumours have been swirling for years that DJ Maphorisa and DJ Cleo do not get along. The Y-Tjukutja hitmaker confirmed their beef in a 2018 tweet. A Twitter user asked if DJ Maphorisa would ever work with Cleo.
“I don't think so, I gave him my demo in Sunnyside PTA at a YFM show with DJ Fresh and Thato, I won’t forget that day. When he was pushing Brickz he gave me attitude. I told myself I will never be like that guy coz I was a f**kin kid and I know how it feels to be treated like s**t,” he wrote. [tweet edited for grammar].
DJ Maphorisa cars
DJ Maphorisa has owned several luxury cars, including a Mercedes Benz AMG C63 worth over R1 million. Despite his impressive car collection, the Ama Blesser hitmaker says owning a fancy ride isn't everything.
“Being an artist is not about buying cars but about finding wisdom and using my purpose in life, which is music to influence others,” he told TshisaLIVE.
DJ Maphorisa house
DJ Maphorisa owns a double-storey house in Midrand, Johannesburg. He has shared several pictures of his mansion on social media.
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