Back in the 90s, no one would have believed that Disc jockeying could be an occupation and talk less of becoming rich from it. I mean who could have believed that they would get rich just by playing recorded music for an audience. However, the story is different today as a lot of people regardless of gender are now building a career in Disc jockeying and even getting wealthy from it.
The richest DJs in South Africa are Black Coffee, DJ Euphonik, DJ Sbu, DJ Oskido, DJ Tira, Culoe De Song, DJ Shimza, DJ Fresh, Protoculture, and DJ Tbo Touch. Interestingly, there has been an upgrade in the requirements for DJs in South Africa with a lot of newbies building a career in Disc jockeying and making a fortune from it.
Top 10 Richest DJs in South Africa
1. Black Coffee ($60 Million)
Nkosinathi Innocent Maphumulo popularly known as Black Coffee is a DJ, producer, singer, and businessman in South Africa. He is one of the prominent DJs in South Africa and on the African continent. He is an award-winning DJ and artist. Asides from Disc jockeying, Black Coffee also owns a record label and other business outfits.
He also has about nine studio albums and several awards including a Grammy award to his credit. Some of Black Coffee’s affluence comes from endorsement deals signed with Big brands in South Africa and beyond. He is presently the richest DJ in South Africa with a net worth of $60 million.
2. DJ Euphonik ($3 Million)
Themba Mbongeni Nkosi, popularly known as DJ Euphonik is a South African DJ, musician, producer, and on-air personality that is famous for playing house music. He came into the spotlight as a DJ after collaborating with DK Kent to produce an album in 2004. He has since collaborated with several musical artists and other DJs to produce hit singles and Albums. He has been nominated for and won several music awards as well as signed several endorsement deals.
He also has about six studio albums and several mixed albums to his credit. DJ Euphonik is also a real estate investor in South Africa. He has also collaborated with an Italian shoe company to produce a limited edition of gold and black Euphonik sneakers. DJ Euphonik was named among The Mail & Guardian’s 300 Young South Africans list which captures a list of people that will be a force to reckon with in their respective industries for years to come. He has a net worth of about $3 Million making him one of the richest DJs in South Africa.
3. DJ Sbu ($2.7 Million)
DJ Sbu whose real name is Sbusiso Leope is a South African DJ, singer, actor, songwriter, producer, philanthropist, TV and radio presenter, and businessman. DJ Sbu started his career as an on-air personality on the Radio in 1998. He started his career as a DJ in 2006 and has since produced several hit records and mixtapes.
He has also been nominated for and won several awards. DJ Sbu has also signed several endorsement deals with big brands such as Toyota. Asides from Disc jockeying, DJ Sbu is the owner of the prominent energy drink, MoFaya and a foundation for Youths called SLEF. He is one of the richest DJs in South Africa with a net worth of about $2.7 million.
4. DJ Oskido ($2.6 Million)
Oscar Sibonginkosi Mdlongwa who goes by the stage name DJ Oskido is a South African DJ, producer, recording artist, and businessman. He has been in the music industry for more than 26 years and he is focused on Kwaito, Afropop, and house music genres and is a contributor to the Amapiano genre.
He has produced several compilations and two extended plays (EP) as well as won several awards to his credit. He has collaborated with several DJs and produced several songs for several musical artists. He is a co-founder of Kalawa Jazmee Records and the owner of a Restaurant. He has an estimated net worth of about $2.6 Million.
5. DJ Tira ($2.22 Million)
DJ Tira goes by the birth name of Mthokozisi Khathi and he is a South African DJ, music producer, Kwaito artist, and businessman. He started his career as a DJ as an undergraduate in 1996. He released his first album in 2001 under Kalawa Jazmee but set up his record label Afrotainment in 2007.
DJ Tira has five studio albums and three compilation albums to his credit. He has been nominated for and won several awards and is focused on the Kwaito, Afro house, and Gqom genres. He has produced several hit songs for several Kwaito artists. DJ Tira has an estimated net worth of $2.22 Million making him one of the richest DJs in South Africa.
6. Culoe De Song (2.2 Million)
Culolethu Zulu popularly known by the stage name Culoe De Song is a South African DJ, music producer, and remixer. He started his career in 2007 with Black Coffee and released his debut album in 2009. He won the 13th Metro FM Music Awards in 2014 for Best Male Artist. Culoe De Song has five albums, six selected singles and EPs, one DJ mix, and several selected remixes to his credit. He has performed with several artists and as a DJ for several events. He has an estimated net worth of about $2.2 Million.
7. DJ Shimza ($2 Million)
Ashley Raphala who is known popularly by the stage name DJ Shimza is a South African DJ and music producer. He started his career as a House Music DJ in 2003 and won the Gauteng Carnival DJ Competition In 2011 which shot him into the limelight. DJ Shimza released his debut album called Shimuzic in 2015. He is well known for producing beats and instrumentals for A-list musical artists in South Africa.
He started an annual show called DJ Shimza’s One Man Show which is always held on Christmas day to raise funds for underprivileged children. He is the founder of Shimuzic Foundation which has been able to give back to society. DJ Shimza has an estimated net worth of about $2 Million making him one of the richest DJs in South Africa.
8. DJ Fresh ($2 Million)
Thato Sikwane is best known as DJ Fresh by his numerous fans and he is a Motswana DJ, music producer, radio/Television producer, and entrepreneur based in South Africa. He started his career as a radio presenter in 1997 before becoming a DJ full-time. DJ Fresh has released 32 albums throughout his career.
He has toured the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, and the United Arab Emirates. He has also been a judge on SA’s Got Talent. Over the years, he has also been nominated for and won several awards to his credit. He is the owner of Big Dawg Productions and he has an estimated net worth of $2 Million.
9. Protoculture ($1.5 Million)
Nate Raubenheimer popularly known as Protoculture is a South African DJ, performer, and music producer. He has enjoyed a success that only a few of his colleagues get to enjoy over the past twelve years of his career. He has surely left his mark on the international dance music scene.
He has been fascinated by music at a young age, little wonder that he obtained a degree in Audio Engineering. As a touring DJ, he has performed at various major music festivals and celebrations around the world. During the 15 years of his career, he has released several albums and 66 mixtapes. Protoculture has an estimated net worth of about $1.5 Million.
10. DJ Tbo Touch ($700,000)
Thabo Molefe popularly known as DJ Tbo Touch is a South African Hip Hop DJ, TV personality, rapper, and entrepreneur. A lot of people know him as the presenter of Pimp my Fridays and Rhyme and Reason on Metro FM. He started his career at age 19 when he interned at Def Jam Records. After meeting with the Metro FM station manager at the time, he got the job of a presenter in New York City.
In South Africa, Tbo Touch started working for Metro FM and Touch Central as program hosts. His discography is focused on Hip hop and house music. The DJ is also into the gin industry and he is the owner of 48gin. He is also an actor, filmmaker, and screenwriter. To Touch is one of the wealthiest DJs in South Africa with an estimated net worth of about $700,000.
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Disc jockeying has become a lucrative profession in South Africa as opposed to the old belief that does not consider it a profession. Some DJs in South Africa have perfected their expertise in the craft and have in turn gained fame and endorsement deals as well as wealth. Asides from Disc jockeying, a lot of them have ventured into other businesses that have contributed immensely to their wealth.
The richest DJs in South Africa are Black Coffee, DJ Euphonik, DJ Sbu, DJ Oskido, DJ Tira, Culoe De Song, DJ Shimza, DJ Fresh, Protoculture, and DJ Tbo Touch. These A-list DJs in South Africa charge a huge fee for performances at an event or show. If you want to get a feel of their skills and expertise, you should consider listening to their albums or compilations.