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The Journalist Biography

Andile Mathobela is a media analyst by profession and the co founder of the Zkhiphani.com publication which is an online social lifestyle and entertainment magazine. He is popularily known as The Journalist, a 32 year old deejay that is based in Johannesburg, Gauteng – South Africa. He was born and bred in Warrenton, a sleepy township which is situated in Northern Cape.

The Journalist developed an ear for music at an early age. His introduction to house music had him obsessed with memorising and reciting complex beats to his friends in primary school after listening to some of his uncle’s house music compilations back in the early 2000s. Although, deep house and EDM music were the least favourite in his community at the time, The Journalist always believed his passion for contributing to the House scene would one day turn into a reality.

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An introvert by nature, The Journalist enjoys spending his time indoors and honing his music skills. From a young age, When he finished matric in 2005, The Journalist was inspired to become a journalist after volunteering to be a presenter at a community radio station as he later went on to study media and journalism at the Rosebank College in Pretoria. He pioneered the digital landscape shortly after that with his business partners when the zkhiphani publication was born and he continued to do so over a period of ten years but the calling to pursue music kept ringing in his ear and he finally decided to honour the invite as he sold his shares at the publication.

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The Journalist plans on educating and informing everyone on the dance floors across South Africa through an eargasmic musical transcendence. The journalist specialises in progressive house, broken beats, afro tech as well as electronic dance music. He became more than just a DJ in 2019 when he released his debut single titled Oceans, in 2020 he returned with a brand new single titled Sail Away featuring Lima Alpha Uniform and Shi_Kargo. The Journalist’s new single is titled Iphupha Lami and it features Curio Tones and Sobantwana.

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