Number one South African Vodka Gin brand Smirnoff 1818 is calling all the aspiring female DJs to be part of the Smirnoff Shaya Ingoma female DJ search competition (2.0).

Ten finalists will be selected countrywide including Polokwane. They will then battle it out for the top spot and the Smirnoff 1818 Shaya Ingoma FDJ crown for 2022.


To enter the competition, one needs to record themselves playing a 3 minutes track made from a set of six songs. Maximum 30 seconds each and upload it on the social media platform of their choice using #ShayIngoma1818.

The more engagements one drives the more one moves the needle to become the next Shaya Ingoma FDJ.

According to Diago Brand Manager, Nombulelo September, over the last couple of years, there have been a steady stream of up-and-coming female DJs that are flying South Africa’s flag high on the local, regional and international music scene.

“However, many more female DJs are still needed across the country,” said September.


“This will help address the imbalance when it comes to access to paying gigs and opportunities within this career for women compared to their male counterparts.

“Through Smirnoff 1818 Shaya Ingoma Top 10 female DJ search, aims to narrow the gender gap and shine a light on some talented next-generation female DJs,” she added.


Two judges who have the task of spotting the right talent from within their respective industries are DJ ‘Pruluv’ Prudence Mathebula from Metro FM. She is also a renowned DJ in her own right. She will also be accompanied by DJ Slender ‘The Dancing DJ’ from KwaZulu-Natal.

 The female judges will be working alongside the godfather of South African house and kwaito music, the legendary Oscar Mdlongwa, Oskido.

Oskido recently hosted an online DJ masterclass to share his expertise and encourage female DJs to enter the competition.

“This is a great opportunity for female DJs to launch their careers. The industry is still male-dominated and being part of searching for a female DJ. They will also get this life-changing opportunity is amazing,” said Oskido.

To become the next Smirnoff Shaya Ingoma FDJ. T and Cs apply. For more information, visit www.shayaingoma