Year in review: DJ Zinhle - All the bags secured and success

Year in review: DJ Zinhle - All the bags secured and success

- 2019 was a big year for many of South Africa's celebs and DJ Zinhle is one of them

- She had a fantastic year in which she showed off her business savvy and musical talent

- It would be fair to say that Zinhle ruled 2019 like a boss

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DJ Zinhle had many big moments in 2019 - she had ups and downs and successful ventures that she can be truly proud of.

We look at some of the highlights of the year that Zinhle owned like a queen, from her new furniture line to the platinum status of Umlilo, she's been super busy and blessed.

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Inspiration to the country

As 2019 came to an end, Zinhle was named by readers as one of the most inspiring celebs of the year.

Best of the best

The muso was crowned as the number one female DJ in Africa for the second year in a row 19 days ago by DjaneTop.

DjaneTop is a website about female DJs that celebrates women in the business all over the world.

Family business

Zinhle and her daughter, Kairo, collaborated on a business venture together and it was a proud moment for her.

Kairo embarked on a partnership with her mom's watch brand, Era by DJ Zinhle - it’s a stunning little silver watch with a baby pink face that has a sparkly princess crown embedded on it.


Zinhle's most adored song yet, Umlilo, has achieved multi-platinum status with over 5.1 million streams in three months.

Fans love the track so much that it surpassed the music of her bae, AKA, on the radio waves.

Umlilo dominated until AKA's F.R.E.E was dropped, but Zinhle's song took the number one spot again.

Magazine cover

Zinhle featured on the front page of Cosmopolitan's Hot Girl summer issue and made her fans very proud (and thirsty).

Black excellence: New business

Zinhle showed that she's got serious business savvy when she launched her new gorgeous furniture line.

Jiyane Atelier, the name of Zinhle's new venture, promises contemporary and chic design - a whole new era - and fans have been in awe.

Fuse Academy disappointment

She's had some setbacks too. Zinhle had to put one of her dreams to bed when a scam was run at Fuse Academy music school.

The DJ has sought legal action to claim back all the money the students were scammed of in the hopes of paying it back and apologised to students and their families who lost their hard-earned cash.


Zinhle was nominated at the 6th annual All African Music Awards (AFRIMAs) for Best African DJ and she competed with some of the continent’s most talented DJs. She missed out on the award to Nigeria's DJ SPINALL, but her fans are still very proud of her.

2.5 million followers on Instagram

Zinhle bagged herself 2.5 million fans on Instagram and this number is ever-growing. She's certainly making sure the world notices her.

International partnership

One of Zinhle's biggest business achievements was a partnership with international beauty brand, Oil of Olay.

She joined the Olay Whips 28-day challenge.

Launched new watches

To celebrate 15 years of Era By DJ Zinhle - together with American Swiss SA - she launched a brand-new style of watch.

The face of the watch is very significant to her because it has two music notes that form a heart when combined, which is also the first tattoo she got to celebrate her life of music.

She also celebrated Africa Day by releasing a gorgeous new watch named the Africa Watch. It is a unisex piece that shouts sophistication and glamour. The Mzansi star chose to release the timepiece on Africa Day in celebration of her home continent.

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Owning property

Earlier in the year, Zinhle announced that she purchased a new property and her fans were amazed. This isn't the only property the successful woman has behind her name.

She wrote:

"Offer was accepted. Getting the keys soon... Have so many ideas and it's gonna be special this time cause I'll be busy using my Jiyane Atelier items."

Zinhle had a stunning house-warming for the home that she built from the ground up and has every reason to be proud.

Pearl Thusi, her mother, and many more of her closest friends and family attended the event.

We can't wait to see what this DJ gets up to in the new year!

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