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DJ Tira is a South African DJ, record producer and Kwaito artist from Durban, South Africa
Mthokozi Khathi (born 24 August 1976) known by his stage name DJ Tira.
He is the founder of the record label Afrotainment. He is known for introducing artists such as Big Nuz, DJ C’ndo, DJ Fisherman through his record label Afrotainment. Tira is part of the collective that discovered the Gqom music genre, which became popular around 2017.
DJ Tira entered world of music in 2001 when he released the Real makoya compilation with the late DJ Khabzela.
In 2005 DJ Tira formed the group Tzozo En Professor together with Kalawa Jazzmee. He was featured on production of their first album that saw the born of Durban kwaito music. He was featured on the track Woze Durban that soon became Durban’s national anthem.
In 2005 Tira teamed up with Sox to form Durbans Finest. Together they released 3 compilations. Vol1 and Vol2 of Durbans Finest won 2004 and 2005 Metro FM Best Compilation Awards respectively.
He opened Afrotainment studios in 2007 and produced his first artist DJ Cndo.Cndo ‘s debut album sold more than 20 000. Since opening Afrotainment studios DJ tira has produced numerious no.1 hits which have featired on Cndo, Durbans Finest albums. 2008 Durbans Finest released Vol3 album which sold more than 35 000!
DJ Tira also signed a kwaito group Big Nuz in 2007. In 2008 they released an album 2nd round knockout with a number 1 hit “Ubala”. The album has been nominated on 2008 Channel O and 2008 Metro Fm Awards. DJ Tira also formed an afro pop group called Afrosoul this group is here to redefine Afro pop music in South Africa.
In 2008 DJ Tira won the 2008 Mzansi Stars Best Club DJ Award confirming he is one of the best DJs in this country by far.
DJ Tira collaborated with artists like In-cha a 11 year old violine superstar, his dynamic Kwaito group Big Nuz and DJ Clock. He had two number biggest songs on urban radio charts and music shops charts right in 2008 – Big Nuz “Ubala Lolo”, DJ Clock f/t Tira “Mahamba Yedwa”. This was confired by Metro FM awarding Big Nuz with the Best Kwaito Album Award.
In the Summer of 2008 DJ Tira dropped his 1st solo project Ezase Afro Vol1. The album featured tracks like “Ungesabi” f/t Daddy aka Chilli M of yfm, “Sphilela Ubumnandi” f/t Bricks and Big Nuz and the summer hit “Wont let U go” f/t Joocy of Afrosoul. Ezase Afro vol 1 became and a hit and did remarkable on the market as it sold more than 20 000 copies.
In 2009 DJ Tira spend most of his time in the studio working on Big Nuz 3rd Project. He was also managing his nite club Afro fashion Lounge dubbed the best hang out spot in Durban. He has also been travelling international a lot doing gigs in London, Algeria and Spain to name but a few.
In 2010 DJ Tira became the most hectic DJ/Artist as worked with a lot of artists. The Big Nuz album that he produced won 3 South African Music awards. Best Kwaito album, Best Album and Song of the year.
The Big Nuz album continue to collect awards with the hit Umlilo that feature DJ Tira as it also won Channel O Best Kwaito Video. Big Nuz ‘s Umlilo video was nominated for the MTV Music awards taking place in Lagos.
DJ Tira has also collaborated with Teargas and their video also won the Channel O best video of the year. He has also worked with Thembe Seete, Professor whose album this summer of 2010 has sold over 20 000.
He has also produced the whole album of Lvovo Derrango which is currently doing very well in the market. Undoubtedly DJ Tira is one busy artist in South Africa as you still find him rocking parties all over Africa every weekend.
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