Fe­male DJ shakes male-dom­i­nated sec­tor

Af­ter get­ting a kick-start op­por­tu­nity to ful­fil the ca­reer of her dreams from a lo­cal busi­ness­man, youth­ful disk jockey Shar­main Wald­man, bet­ter known as DJ Liz, is stop­ping at noth­ing to bring her­self on to the lime­light.

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THE youth­ful and en­er­getic DJ started her art at Harts­field Tshisa Nyama, which is one of the pop­u­lar spots in Bu­l­awayo last year. This was af­ter founder of the place Mduduzi Md­longwa awarded her the op­por­tu­nity to be men­tored by one of his reg­u­lar DJs at his hang­out.

“Mr Md­longwa be­lieved in me when I told him I wanted to be a DJ and asked one of his reg­u­lar em­ploy­ees DJ Crazy to teach me, lit­tle did I know I would make it big in the in­dus­try,” she said.

DJ Liz was one of the lo­cal se­lec­tors who took part in the re­cently held Cas­tle Lite Block Party at West­gate Com­plex in Harare where she wowed fans.

“It al­ways has been some­thing I wanted to do be­fore I went to univer­sity but my par­ents wouldn’t ap­prove of that, so I had to fin­ish var­sity first to get ap­proval from them,” she said.

The bub­bly char­ac­ter’s role model is South African pop­u­lar DJ Zinhle who also has been a source of in­spi­ra­tion be­cause she is one of the fe­male Djs who have made it big in the in­dus­try.

Since mark­ing the en­trance into her ca­reer DJ Liz is proud to have shared the stage with some of the best re­gional artists in­clud­ing Black Cof­fee, Black Mo­tion, Casper Ny­ovest, AKA, Mafik­i­zolo, Dj Zinhle, Bu­cie, KO, Oskido and Winky D among oth­ers.

Though she has man­aged to pen­e­trate into the mar­ket, DJ Liz’s jour­ney as a woman in a male-dom­i­nated in­dus­try hasn’t been easy.

“So many peo­ple didn’t be­lieve in me so I had to prove my­self to them that I can do this thing, ”she said.

One of her best mem­o­ries was when she proved to a crowd who in­cluded peo­ple who had ear­lier laughed at her and work­mates that she was in­deed the per­son for the in­dus­try.

“Best mem­ory was the day I stood in front of a crowd of peo­ple at my work place which con­sisted of peo­ple who would laugh their lungs on hear­ing that I was go­ing to be a DJ be­cause few peo­ple be­lieved in me, ”she said.

“But you know what, I proved them wrong and even to­day some are still in shocks, con­sid­er­ing how my name has dom­i­nated the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try.”

She now reck­ons that it’s no longer hard for her to get gigs to per­form be­cause of the way she has man­aged to come up with a mean­ing­ful brand and she is also putting the so­cial me­dia to good use.

“It hasn’t been so hard for me to get gigs maybe it’s be­cause of the way I branded my­self and of course the help of so­cial me­dia,” she said.

Be­sides be­ing a DJ, Wald­man co-owns a clothes de­signer shop with her twin sis­ter in the City of Kings.

She is also a tal­ented de­signer and in­tends to launch her own cloth­ing la­bel soon.

With the sup­port she got from her fam­ily es­pe­cially her mother and grand­mother who are also de­sign­ers, she has man­aged to en­hance her skills and is con­fi­dent that her la­bel will sell on the re­gional mar­ket.

Her fu­ture plans in­clude tour­ing the coun­try to get more ex­po­sure on the lo­cal fo­rum be­fore em­bark­ing on in­ter­na­tional tours.

She also in­tends to start pro­duc­ing her own mu­sic.

DJ Liz loves shop­ping and spend­ing time with her fam­ily on her spare time among other things.

DJ Liz on the decks

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