Who is DJ Shimza? DJ Shimza, real name Ashley Kholofelo “Shimi” Raphala, was born and raised in Thembisa, Ekurhuleni. His love for music started at an early age and since then he has grown into a formidable force in the DJ industry.
To date DJ Shimza has released two CD compilations, “SA House Charts,” and ”The Next Big Thing” and was also featured on the Soul Candi Session 10 album, which was their 10th year anniversary pack and included the likes of Euphonik, Lulo Café, Harael, DJ Fresh, thereby joining the other big names in the House music industry.
His debut into the house music industry was in 2003, he then went on to win the Red Square DJ competition in 2006, which then propelled him into greater heights in the house arena. But he didn’t stop there, he then added to his accolades by winning the South African Music Conference’s DJ Spin Offs Competition in the same year, this was then followed up with the National VO Bertrams’ The Next Best Thing DJ competition in 2007.
He has performed in many countries such as Angola, France, Mexico, Portugal, USA and the UK, and his music was considered to be on a world-class level and his skill rated amongst the best Having developed entrepreneurial skills through his exposure in the music industry, along with his involvement with Soul Candi Music as a student and later employee for several months, he set up his own production company in 2008, SHIMUZIC PRODUCTIONS.
Though the highlight of his budding career came in 2010 when he won the Gauteng provincial Government’s Pale Ya Rona Carnival DJ Competition, this gave him the much needed exposure and startup equipment.
He founded this entity to properly manage his business interests, but with a long term view of assisting and managing up and coming talent. Shimuzic Productions owns a number of high profile events, including the One Man Show, Tembisa DJ Easter Festival and the much loved “We Love DJ Shimza” party series. DJ Shimza is also a renowned mix DJ and since 2011 has been a resident DJ at the popular youth radio station YFM, where he plays every Friday evening at 6pm on the show #YTKO. He is also a VJ on Channel O’s The Basement which flights twice a week. It is without a doubt that DJ Shimza is a talented individual, and is still in pursuit of greater heights. Social Media Credentials
In 2009 “DJ Shimza’s One Man Show” was started and since then he has hosted it annually and it has gathered a larger following since its inception. DJ Shimza also plays in the country’s biggest concerts, such as Spring Fiesta, Spring Explosion, Oh Ship and various YFM gigs alongside DJ Fresh, Black Coffee and Oskido.
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