DJ Tira is a record producer, record label founder, Durban kwaito artist, and a DJ from South Africa. Tira is widely known as the man who came up with the Gqom music genre, which has been gracing our airwaves since 2017. Aside from that, he is also known for his efforts in introducing artists such as Dladla Mshunqisi, DJ C'ndo, Big Nuz, and others. So, what else is there to know about Tira?
What is DJ Tira real name? Born Mthokozi Khathi, the artist did not always have an interest in being a DJ. In fact, he was studying human resources at the University of Natal when the interest in becoming a DJ overcame him during a time when vinyls were the real deal. How old DJ Tira? How much is DJ Tira net worth?
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DJ Tira profile summary
- Name: Mthokozi Khathi
- Date of birth: 24 August 1976
- Place of birth: KwaHlabisa Village, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
- DJ Tira age: 43 years old as of 2019
- Nationality: South African
- DJ Tira Instagram: @djtira
- DJ Tira Facebook: @Dj Tira
- DJ Tira Twitter: @DJTira
- Relationship status: Married
- DJ Tira net worth: $550,000
- Occupation: Record producer, record label founder, Durban kwaito artist, and DJ
- Famous for: Embracing Gqom music genre
DJ Tira biography
Where is DJ Tira from? Mthokozi Khathi spent the first three years of his life in KwaHlabisa Village (where he was born) before his family relocated to Durban in 1979. Later on, during his adulthood, he joined the University of Natal in 1995 where he studied human resources.
DJ Tira career
While he was still in the university, Mthokozi Khathi developed an interest in being a DJ, which is why he acquired his first vinyl in 1996 to learn the craft. During those early days, he did small gigs for parties in the university, popular nightclubs, weddings, and private parties. Eventually, together with others, he established M1 Entertainment.
In 2001, together with the late DJ Khabzela, he released his first record titled Real Makoya. It was also around the same time that he emerged victorious in the Smirnoff SA DJ Knockout competition. In 2005, Mr. Khathi established Tzozo EnProfessor alongside Kalawa Jazzme, and he managed to release three compilations. After Tzozo EnProfessor, Mthokozi Khathi established Durban’s Finest with Sox and managed to release several compilations.
In 2007, Mthokozi Khathi managed to launch his very own recording studio called Afrotainment. His very first artist under the label was DJ Cndo. Since then, his path has seen him work as a music producer and sign other artists like Big Nuz. Under his record label, the skilldul DJ released a solo project named Ezase Afro Vol:1. The project features names like Bricks, Joocy of Afrosoul, Daddy, and others. The solo project was a big hit with more than 20,000 copies.
DJ Tira wife and kids
Does DJ Tira have a wife? The DJ is married to Gugu Khathi. The two had an Umabo ceremony in October 2016 at the DJ’s home in KwaZulu-Natal. DJ Tira and Gugu Khathi now have three children; two boys (Junior and Chase) and one daughter (Gigi). By all accounts, the kids are pursuing DJing careers. Despite supporting his kids, Mthokozi Khathi still admits that the industry is cruel and that he fears for them.
DJ Tira cars
Mthokozi Khathi owns at least three known cars that are a Range Rover SVR sport (R2 million), a white convertible, and a silver BMW.
DJ Tira songs
DJ Tira's songs include:
- Kuyavela Ngalapho
- S’philela Ubumnandi
- Thank You Mom
- Konke Kuhamba Kahle
- Run Free
- Sobuye Sibonane
- Top Celeb
- Ngathi Uyahamba
- DJ Tira Malume
- Hayi Hayi
- Samba Nabahambayo
- Mad in Love
- IData Endlini Ka Tira
- Te Pua No’a No’a (feat. Tangata Junior Tangata)
- Fakateretere (feat. Ma’ara Maeva, Tangata Junior Tangata)
- Single Guys
- No Rush Remix
- E He’e Te Va’a (feat. Ma’ara Maeva, Tangata Junior Tangata)
- Sfuna Abo Chomi
- Finest Things
- DJ Tira No Rush
- Believe in Me
- A Rutu (146BPM)
- Himene Tatarahapa (feat. Ma’ara Maeva, Tangata Junior Tangata)
- Havaiki E (feat. Ma’ara Maeva, Tangata Junior Tangata)
- Bakhuluma Futhi
DJ Tira awards
Mthokozi Khathi has been nominated for various awards including:
- 2008: Mzansi Star Best Club Dj Award
- 2010: Umlilo Big Nuz feat. Tira was nominated for the South African Music Award Song of the Year.
- 2010: Party 101 Teargas feat. Tira was nominated under Channel O Video of the Year Award
- 2010: South African Music Award Song of the Year
- 2004: Metro FM Best Best Compilation his work Durbans Finest Vol:1 won the prize for Best Compilation album.
- 2005: Durban Finest in Metro FM Best Best Compilation
- 2018: Nominated for Dance Music Awards South Africa Best Live Act
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At this point, you should be well-informed on everything to do with DJ Tira. All the best to this great artist in his entertainment career, as well as in his personal life.
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