DJ Uncle Waffles is the up-and-coming-female DJ setting the internet on fire. The 21-year-old amapiano artist gained popularity after she posted a video of herself dancing and DJing in front of a hyped-up crowd. She even gained a follow from rapper Drake.
Now, the young star is trending once again after Drake joined her Instagram Live and hyped her up in the comments section. “Top DJ Top Sound Uncle,” he commented, along with “WAFFFLLLESSS.”
It feels great for Mzansi to see their favs get recognised and be loved big name international artists too.
The young sensation is part of a number of new amapiano artists who’ve been making it big in recent months. Female DJs in particular have been gaining attention, and Uncle Waffles is definitely part of the pack.
Twitter couldn’t get enough of her confidence and the lit party vive during her session. But who is this talented DJ? Here are 5 things you might not know about her (and 5 reasons why we love her).
Her viral video garnered over a million views
The DJ and media personality posted her video online last year that went viral viral. The post has over a million views on Instagram and thousands of views, likes, comments and retweets on Twitter.
Social media users from across the world responded to the video, hailing South African for its one-one-of-a-kind party scene.
“People are burning 😳” pic.twitter.com/H5JRg8sXHX— Waffles (@unclewaffffles) October 16, 2021
She caught the attention of Drake
Canadian rapper Drake was even pulled into the hype as he gave the young artist a follow on Instagram. Naturally, Uncle Waffles was ecstatic at this discovery. “I just called my managers, and we cried. Guys, he is the biggest artist in the world, in the entire world; when grace locates you, nothing can stop in your way,” she said.
He once again expressed his love for her when he joined her Instagram Live and wasn’t shy to shower her with compliments.
She had a tough upbringing
According to reports, the Swaziland native has a tough upbringing. She was raised by her grandmother and didn’t know her parents. After eventually reconciling with her mother, their relationship was strained for the majority of her teenage years.
Longer Version pic.twitter.com/hUqCQZcBz7— TheDon (@RICHARD_KHUMALO) October 17, 2021
She is an advocate for mental health
While not many details have been revealed, the artist shared that she has previously struggled with anxiety and mental health disorder. She has a blog called Perspective on which she often posts motivational messages.
She is worth a lot
According to reports, the young star earns most of her money from DJing and advertising deals. She is reportedly worth R1.2 million.