Mandisa Radebe, popularly known as DBN Gogo, is a South African female DJ and producer who gained attention after she was featured on the Channel O Lockdown House Party in 2020.
Her outstanding performance drew so much attention to her, causing her to become one of the most talked about female DJs in South Africa from 2020 into 2021. She is also known for the popular online Quarantine Sessions, “Quarantunes Live” which has gotten only positive reviews from fans.
DBN Gogo was born in Durban, South Africa, and had single handedly made a name for herself without revealing her family’s status or using their affluence. She is the daughter of former South African minister in the presidency Jeff Radebe.
In a chat with TshisaLIVE, the hitmaker and co-creator of the #DakiweChallenge laid down her truth on the matter, slamming all assumptions that she got some advantage because of her parents.
“I started from the bottom and what my family represents due to their occupation has had no impact on my career. Instead, my parents only found out a year ago that I was taking DJing as a serious profession. I can thank my friends in the music industry for assisting me and providing an opportunity for me to participate and show off my talent,” she said.
DBN Gogo says her hard work will always speak for her and that her legacy will be described as the “jam-packed entertainer”.
She has revealed that her music style was influenced by the various places she has lived. She has lived in Pretoria and Johannesburg, and has had adventures in Europe.
In under one year, Gogo has established herself as one of Mzansi’s most sort after DJs. She is known for her electric sets and performances which always sets her apart from other DJs.
“The simple idea of ‘stay true and leave an impression’, that literally screams DBN Gogo, having the ability to relate to my tradition and my city and using its sounds to project my love and passion for the house and amapiano genres. Every performance I present is not about the set or skill but stamping the performance energy.”
“You make your own reality, and never allow anyone to determine what possibilities or heights you can reach. Stay true to yourself!” she said.