Music Snapshot with Shimza

Shimza is the brightest new star to currently shine on the ever growing African electronic music scene. Hot on the heels of the ever popular Black Coffee and Culoe De Song, Shimza is repping South Africa on a world level and then some.

Not only is he getting mad love for his incredible ability behind the decks with his technical ability creating his Afro-Tech sound but in the studio he is equally imperious with releases on labels including Luciano’s Cadenza.

Another notable point that separates this man from his peers is his heart and soul as he throws an annual event called One Man Show outdoors every Christmas day with the main purpose being to raise funds for under privileged children from his hometown of Tembisa.

So if you can, we strongly suggest you make the effort to get down to Omnia on Sunday 18th August for their Cadenza Day and enjoy one of the most talked about DJ’s on the circuit and if you can’t wait then enjoy this MUSICAL SNAPSHOT into his music also some of his personal selection of tracks that inspire his musical journey to gave us insight into what can we expect from this edition of Phoenix Sunday. Check this out!


One of his first released songs was “We Going Higher” featuring Andy Boi. Released on 2011 from the album “Talking To The Drums” which a few years later got remixed by Black Motion.

DJ Shimza’s killer single with Mishka “African Woman” from his debut full-length album titled “Shimuzic” was a chart buster! 

Another single from “Shimuzic”, “Akulalwa” firmly established Shimza as one of South Africa’s leading house music producers in what is rapidly becoming a shining beacon as a region for innovative sounds and beats!

His track debut EP on Cadenza with his hit single “Congo-Congo” is a dark ride of tom-tom drums, lively percussions and a gloomy bass lead, ignited dramatically by an ensemble of wide synthetic stabs and chords…. sick AF basically!

Shimza makes his return to Cadenza earlier this year with ‘Eminence’ a burning compound of profound percussions and late-night rapturing synths. Check ‘Dancefloor Keeper’, the slick trance-inspired stabs and permeating bassline expose its ominous nature as it swells to a seismic drop.

Shimza & Cuebur feat BK – 8 Bars
8 Bars was my first ever music video I have ever shot for my music, I was still under soul Candi Records and I had a collaboration with Cuebur and BK.

Alaska – Accuse
Accuse is one of those classic Kwaito tracks that I grew up listening to, that sound was taken from taking international music, slow the music down and put lyrics on it. At some point, this was the biggest sound in our country. 

Culoe De Song – Webaba
This song for me was the beginning of Afro House in South Africa, from this song there was a big spiral of young producers producing this sound. 

Josh Millan – Your body feat. Louie Vega 
Louie Vega has been someone I have been inspired by since the beginning of my career, he’s a friend to the South African house music scene, the soul in this song is still carried in the music we make.