DJ Zulufunk

Carrying a soulful and electronic deep and tribal house energy, Yona Vilakazi, aka DJ Zulufunk, is a South African DJ.
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DJ South Africa / Johannesburg

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DJ Zulufunk is the product of a true traditional Zulu family, born and raised in Kwa-Zulu Natal’s Ulundi. Her love of music grew while listening to the radio, particularly to "Zakhala Izingcingo" hosted by KSG (Khetha Gwala Ukhozi FM), which she constantly recorded onto cassettes.

Slowly building her collection of tapes and CDs, she was always ready to capture whatever new and interesting sound she stumbled upon. Her parents, however, never saw the world of music as a legitimate career path, hoping she would revert back to the books and become a lawyer.

“I was more of a boarding school girl. We’d go home and look forward to coming back to school because we’d been taking notes on what’s trending outside our school walls. It was more about knowing what music is out there, the who’s who, and the sound they were generating.”

Over the years she continued playing, but a career in IT kept her musical fervour in the shadows. Moving to Johannesburg was a true eye-opener that prompted her to professionalise her hobby.

Enrolling in FUSE Academy, a female DJ school, was the first step towards enhancing her skills. With in-depth insight into music in general, today she is classified as one of FUSE’s platinum-rated graduates, punting the best in house classics new and old. She has opened for Zulu Mafia at Setebe Lounge in Diepkloof and the legendary Glen Lewis’ Bon Voyage Boat Cruise at Haartebeesport Dam.