DBN Gogo soars high on Spotify’s EQUAL global music program [watch]

Mandisa Radebe, known as DBN Gogo, has made waves across the country as a powerful DJ with her energy and infectious personality. The DJ is the latest artist to join Spotify’s EQUAL Music program as EQUAL Africa Artist of the Month and makes history as the first South African artist to join the program.

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Spotify’s EQUAL program aims to provide a platform to showcase women in music. DBN Gogo makes history as the first South African artist to join Spotify’s growing list of influential women creators, which also includes Nigerian singer-songwriter Tiwa Savage and American rapper Saweetie.

DBN Gogo only recently started his professional DJ career and was catapulted to superstar rank when his hits Dakiwe, French Kiss, and Khuza Gogo blew up the local music scene alongside her #dakiwechallenge video, which has amassed over three million views on TikTok alone.

“I don’t need to apologize for being a powerful woman.”

Speaking about her participation in the program, DBN Gogo said, “Being a part of Spotify’s EQUAL music program is a reminder that I don’t need to apologize for being a powerful woman. I had a dream and realized that the old ways don’t open new doors. So I decided to make every moment count to make sure I became whatever I wanted.

Spotify sub-Saharan African music chief Phiona Okumu celebrated popular DJ amapiano for dominating two areas of the music industry that are traditionally ruled by the opposite sex: DJing and amapiano.

“For us, supporting DBN Gogo not only speaks about what we do under the EQUAL umbrella, but also reinforces the support that we have continued to show for the Amapiano genre since it became evident.”

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As the latest artist to join Spoitfy’s EQUAL Music program, DBN Gogo will also be featured on Spotify’s Time Square billboard in New York. DBN Gogo’s last track Possible with Musa Keys, Dinho, Optimist Music ZA, Makhanj, Lebza The Villian, Koek Sisia, will lead the EQUAL Africa playlist and be on the EQUAL Global playlist.

DBN Gogo will also be on Spotify’s flagship amapiano playlist, Amapiano Grooves.


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