The Rise of the She-Jay, Female DJs in Africa and beyond

SavoirFaire just put together a list of She-Jays or Female DJs that have recently been circulating on the global fashion scene. Of the five ladies they picked two of them we know and the rest we’re happy to get to know. In a male dominated profession such as that of the Disc Jockey, the more She-Jays the better.   Every female DJ must dream of a day when her skills and genius on the mixer drown out all chatter about her gender, and with these ones here that day is only a matter of beats away. And until “DJ” becomes degendered, we’ll keep listing the  She-Jays who rock in Africa and beyond.

1. Sierra Leone’s DJ China L’One

DJ Chine L’One is based in the UK. She has “played all over London and England and at many of London’s most exclusive Clubs, namely Ministry Of Sound, Pacha, No. 5 Cavendish Square, CherryJam, Palm Beach Casino, The Colony Club, Eight Club, and Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel. And internationally she has wowed the crowds in Norway, Sweden, Germany, Ibiza, Italy & India. DJ China L’One is also H&M’s (Clothing Store) Female Dj. She DJs for the brand all over England. Source: WeRunTheWorldFemaleDJAgency

Sierra Leone's DJ T Chine L'one

2. South Africa’s DJ Zinhle

DJ Zinhle has been in South Africa’s DJ scene for a decade. She’s the reigning queen of SA house music; and she was nominated by the Mail & Guardian as one of 300 young people “you have to take to lunch” in 2013. She runs a DJ Academy called Fuse that teaches and nurtures young girls the art of the DJ. Her track “My Name is” was so big it made a huge splash in Miami and landed Zinhle a record deal. Source: Afripop/DJ Zinhle

South Africa's DJ ZInhle

3. Ghana’s DJ Kess

Ghana's Female DJ Kess

DJ Kess is unquestionably the leading female DJ In all of Ghana, and one of the best DJs here period. Kess is a regular on YFM, ETV, and she is the club DJ at Bella Roma. Kess has played on Big Brother Africa, and was nominated as the African Female DJ of the Year at the Global African DJ Awards in South Africa in 2013. Kess was also the She-Jay for the launch of GoWoman Magazine, and she killed it. Source: GhanaMusic


Now here are other international She-Jays as picked by Savoir Faire.

Alexa Chung 

Female DJ Alexa Chung

Model, muse, TV personality, and all around “It” Girl Alexa Chung is the poster child for making DJing look cool. Notable gigs include Lacoste’s 4th annual desert party at Coachella, Burberry’s Serpentine Summer party, and the Moschino for Fashion Night Out event. Oh, and did we mention she’s a published author?

Chelsea Leyland 
Spinning for everyone from Topshop to Valentino, Leyland, who is a relative newcomer to the DJ scene, has quickly become one of the most in-demand DJs to date. In addition to her turntable gig, she’s also modeled for Gucci, has been showcased in Dove’s women campaign, and is currently working on a film with MTV about the rise of female DJs.

Hannah Bronfman 
Most recently spotted on the runway of DKNY’s Fall/Winter 2014 show, Hannah Bronfman’s notable gigs include the Grammy’s pre-party alongside performer John Legend and this year’s Art Basel festival. She’s also launched a new app called Beautified, which allows users to book last-minute beauty appointments in New York City.

Solange Knowles Female Dj Solange KnowlesIndie singer and model, Solange Knowles has carved out a name for herself DJing parties from Brooklyn to Dubai. In fact, you might have spotted her at Level Shoe District last year. When she’s not behind a booth or the microphone, she’s acting as the brand ambassador for Puma and Madewell.

Harley Viera-Newton 
She’s the house DJ for Dior Beauté, just signed to Jay-Z’s label Roc Nation, and has been featured in campaigns for everyone from Net-a-Porter toHermès. With her Brazilian model mother’s good looks, Viera-Newton is certainty one to watch – and listen – out for.


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