Milli Bala was born in Cape Town, spent her early teen years in Upper Culunca village near Qumbu in the Eastern Cape before and then returned to Cape Town again where she spent most of her life. She is now based in Johannesburg.
This young dynamic DJ has a diverse music influence background. After being introduced into DJ scene by DJ Sobs five years ago, the Mo’ Fire Music Records DJ, released her debut 10-track ‘House Maepa”album on January 2010. This bubbly deep house DJ has rocked the decks with many other house music heavy weights DJ’s like Black Coffee, Dino Michael, Christos, C’ndo, Zinhle, Twitty, Sox, Tira etc.
That’s what most people know about Milli Bala but what are some of the revered entertainment heavy weight artists say about the “deck queen”?
Cape Town based music maestro Rhayi Zandisile said she is one of the best females in SA.”I have seen her many times doing her thing amongst male djs and her set is always on point.”
Deep House Music DJ and radio personality, Sive Msolo said Milli that is destined for greatness. “She loves perfection which is truly visible in her when she is playing.”
While the prominent Cape Town based Hip Hop promoter, Mawande Manez Sobetwa complimented the deck hit-maker lady’s professionalism.”I love her spirit and work ethic, we became friends instantly thereafter and we’re still good friends to date.”
Beautiful soul, beautiful craft, beautiful music” say those run out of words of describing Milli Bala and her music.
Below is the short interview House Musica Magazine reporter Lwazi Nongauza reporter did with the “decks queen”.
But what inspire Milli as female DJ?
What are some of the challenges of being a female DJ?
I have found that as a female you can never stop proving yourself. You get on the decks and you see dismay in people’s eyes. Then you play, and the dismay is followed by shock. I love the shock look. Lol.
The Dj’ing industry is man, what are some of things that you would say female dj’s are getting or not getting strictly because of their gender?
I’d advise that we all just stop looking at the gender but the skill. I personally find it quite insulting, thus I’ve stopped doing an all female DJ” line up. One that I still do though, is the “Night Of Queens” which is done annually in CPT every August for Women’s Month” The rest, I decline. Book me for what I do, not gender.
What are your future plans music-wise
For now, its to keep doing what I do until the joy of it is spread to the masses. For the rest, I take God’s cues, whatever his plans are for me, I hope to find them.
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Written by Lwazi Nongauza