DJ Stokie is a shy yet funny guy with a big heart. I originate from the local streets of Orlando West, Mzimhlophe Soweto. Music has always been in my DNA from my youth days playing house music through its different transformations into what it’s known for now which is his found passion for the Amapiano sound, as i have a soul musical background which allows me to tap into the soul, deep music scene.
Would you say Amapiano is getting it’s recognition it deserves, the whole of South Africa?
I disagree; the Amapiano sound is still known in our local communities and hasn’t reached South Africa as a whole, the platform for Amapiano even as dj’s has not grown strongly into the industry and it’s something we aim to change as we continue to mix this sound across various parts of Mzansi.
Besides being a Dj, are you also into music production?
I have a sound system business that provides music equipment and also i executively produce my own music.
Challenges you face as a DJ?
Challenges I often face is being exploited of my talent as many events don’t pay for our worth and always feel they need to bargain with our standard rates, however money is not my issue because the passion for music has kept me relevant in the industry.
What’s the pure definition of Amapiano music?
Amapiano music is a combination of jazz and soul deep with an upbeat tempo and added with the signature piano sound.
Your all time memorable gig?
It has to be playing at Club Monaco making my break after being crowned DJ of the month at YFM in 2002.
Describe Dj Stokie using 3 words?
Humble. Passionate. Motivated
2018 What can we expect from you?
You can expect an album, as well as an album tour and a music video for one of the latest tracks.