10 Things You Should Know About DJ Jaivane

10 Things You Should Know About DJ Jaivane. First there was kwaito, then house and then gqom was the talk of the town. Now South Africans are jamming to a fresh kind of beat. Amapiano isn’t only dominating dance floors all over the country, it’s taken over everything from the airwaves to township streets. And it has made DJ Jaivane quite popular.

Here are 10 things you should know about DJ Jaivane:

1 DJ Jaivane’s real name is Luyanda Mlonzi.

2 He was born on the 9th of July 1992.

3 Jaivane  is from Diepkloof in Soweto.

4 In the early days of his music career, the DJ got little or nothing from the disc jockey hustling, but he had to provide for him family. So he took a job as a cashier at Pick ‘n’ Pay.

5 Back in the days, he would get a plate of food as payment for DJing at an event. “Even though I was broke, I was at my happiest when I was DJing. Apart from just being DJs, we(him and Stokie) owe our success to being consistent and dedicated to creating and playing quality music,” DJ Jaivane said.

6 When he started working with DJ Stokie, they used to get paid R150 on some weekends, and then it rose to R350 in 2014. Back in 2014 I’d probably get R350 to play. He said, “I would be happy to get it. I could have given up like others did along the way. I’m so happy I didn’t.”

7 DJ Jaivane’s closest friend is DJ Stokie, and together they come a long way.

8 He is dating someone but prefers not to name her as they try to keep their private lives out of the public eye. “Stokie always tells me a good woman is important, someone you know loves you and has your back no matter what. It’s true, girls throw themselves at us, but you have to be smart,” he said.

9 After years of being friends, Stokie and Jaivane – who is from Diepkloof in Soweto – currently have a two-man tour that kick-started in the East Rand, where they’re regarded as the kings of amapiano. 

10 Today, he is considered as one of the few originators of amapiano.

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