It seems DJ Black Coffee is not the only South African DJ who has earned global recognition. DJ AJ – the 2-year-old world youngest DJ – is another Mzansi talent that has risen to international stardom.
Real name Oratilwe Hlongwane, the toddler is still learning to put together words but he is already able to select and play music from a laptop and has become a phenomenon in the motherland. In addition, the young AJ’s talent has attracted media attention worldwide.
His capabilities have even earned him special appearances and sponsorship deals with fans desperate to hear his house music set.
When he was just one-year-old, little Oratilwe learned how to use the gadget and started fiddling about with his father’s DJ app.
His parents were blown away when their son, who still wears nappies, repeated what he had learned on the app on actual DJ equipment, playing with sound effects and bouncing between songs.
A mobile phone recording of him playing music was shared online and the youngster now has nearly 25,000 Facebook fans
Black Coffee, 39, real name Nkosinathi Maphumulo, has over million Facebook fans; however, with DJ AJ’s new fame, which has already earned him thousands of Facebook fans, one could predict that it would not take too many years before the young disc-jockey reaches a million mark.
However, as well as a legion of fans, his newfound fame has also brought criticism, with some people accusing his parents of abuse and profiting from their child’s precocious ability.
Mr Hlongwane said he would not ‘exploit his kid’ and said the youngster wasn’t allowed to play in clubs or at parties due to his age.
His parents also insisted that they will not force their son to be a DJ when he grows up, but say they believe his affinity for electronic equipment will probably decide his future.
Speaking to Daily Mail, Mr Hlongwane added: ‘I can see a future Bill Gates here.’