Do you still hold the belief that disc jockeying is a business for men alone? Then you are slow to observe the revolution in the industry. There is a new wave in the disc jockeying business and it is bringing female disc jockeys to fore.
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Gone are the days when the deejay’s corner at events were reserved for men, while ladies were limited to being among the audience, trying to make sense of oozing speaker sounds, with little influence on the choice of music or the mood of the gathering. It was always firm male hands on deck, but the entertainment industry is now increasingly opening up to the beautiful female hands, spinning and scratching the sounds and controlling the sweeping mood at our events. Here is a list of female DJs that are changing the face of the business in Nigeria:
She is probably the most talked about young disc-jockey in the industry, male or female. It is easy to see her as a paragon of beauty but beyond that, she is a master of sounds.
DJ Cuppy is the daughter of the billionaire owner of Forte Oil- Femi Otedola. Her real name is Florence Ifeoluwa Otedola. She would have been referred to as the O.B.O of the Deejaying Industry in Nigeria, except that she hardly ever talks about her father’s wealth.
Music is serious business to this young lady. She has amassed a wealth of music related knowledge and training over the years. Her portfolio is nothing short of stellar, some of her performances includes her playing at MTV Africa Music Awards, Tatler & Christie Art’s Ball in London, Financial Times Luxury Summit in Mexico.
More of her achievements includes her receiving the NEA best female DJ award in 2014. She has also released a couple of mixtapes including the highly successful mixtape House Of Cuppy. According to Ebonylife, she is the most accomplished female DJ in Africa.
DJ Cuppy is known for her brilliance with sounds, such brilliance has helped her to create her own sound which she describes as “Neo-Afrobeats.” Neo-Afrobeats is a fusion of Electro house and Afrobeats.
She continues to grow in leaps and bounds in the Nigerian entertainment world, with her performances at events and her venture into musical releases. She is expected to hold the forte for a long time and continue to make a claim for female dominance in the deejaying biz.
DJ Lambogini is her stage name but it is often shortened as DJ Lambo. Her real name is Olawanmi Okerayi. She has officially been DJing since 2009. Her decision to venture into disc-jockeying was borne out of her passion for mixing sounds, which she had nursed since childhood. Interestingly, she taught herself how to Deejay, today she is one of the biggest female disc-jockeys in Africa. Her mixes span across the genre of techno, Afro pop and hip hop.
Since she started DJing, she has recorded successes at different levels. Asides from handling the deck at some of the biggest events in Africa, she is the official DJ to one of Africa’s greatest rappers, M.I. She is signed to his label, Chocolate City. DJ Lambogini has been nominated for Best Female DJ in Africa in the African Global DJ Awards AGDA.
I have personally experienced the Nana magic. It was one of the events I attended in 2016. I struggled to keep hold of my feet on the night, that’s how amazing her mix can be.
DJ Nana, whose real name is Nanayat Abedoh, is among the pioneer female Disc Jockeys (D.J.) in Nigeria. She is regarded as one of the best female DJs in Nigeria and Africa as a whole. She is known for her energy filled performances and her traditional use of head ties.
Born May 14th 1990, the exceptional female DJ has always distinguished her brand of entertainment. Her performances have headlined entertainment news and credits to her continue to increase. One of her early achievements was that she won the first ever “Airtel/Barcaddi Cool FM DJ Competition” and she proceeded to master the art of disc jockeying under the tutelage of the legendary DJ Jimmy Jatt at Jimmy Jatt Inc.
DJ Soupamodel, also known as “Kehinde Olatunde,” is an interesting character on and off the deck. She has stamped her presence in the circle of DJs in Nigeria, through her consistency, creativity and uniqueness. This is even more pleasing, considering the fact that it used to be a male-dominated business.
She is currently the CEO of MusicBlvdGroup, a full-service music production company, specializing in all facets of music production either for artistes, TV, film, commercials. The brand is also into artist management, artist development, apparel sponsorship, and so forth.
She has worked with a long-list of artistes. Among them are Wyclef, Jason Derulo, Mims, Soulja Boy, Nappyboy(T-pain), and the list goes on.
According to DJ Soupamodel, “you cant define my sound..you’ll hear a little bit of everything, with a weird twist.”..”my production does not sounds like anyone elses’ and that’s my nitch”…
She is also a member of CoreDJs and a DJ under Nappy Boy(T-Pain)
Here is one the multi-talented female entertainers in the industry. She could either be caught working the turntable or spitting lyrics on the mic; whichever one, she performs with amazing dexterity.
Born as Obianuju Catherine Udeh, 29 year old Switch is a rapper and DJ. She is perhaps one of the most versatile female DJs around. Her portfolio is commendable. One of the high marks of her Deejaying experience was her being contracted as the official DJ of the Glo dance competition. She has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry, one of such names is Peter Okoye of Psquare. She was recently signed to his record label, P-classic.
The launch of DJ Switch into the Nigerian entertainment sphere can be traced to 2009. Then, she was a member of the music group, The Pulse, that won the 2009 Star Trek. She went on to win the maiden edition of GLO X-factor which brought her #24 million cash prize and a contract with Sony Music. In all of this adventure as a rapper, she advanced her craft as a disc jockey and today, she is one of the top female DJs in the country.
This article was written by Ibironke Oluwatobi. He tweets via: @ibironketweets