Based: Durban

MTHOKOZISI Khathi, better known as DJ Tira, came to Durban from Hlabisa in 1995 to study and that’s when he first developed a taste for music and bought his first vinyl.
It wasn’t long before he was playing at varsity parties, weddings, private parties and popular nightclubs. Though he completed his studies in human resources, DJ Tira was bitten by the bug and decided to chase his dreams.

In 2000 and 2001, DJ Tira won the Smirnoff SA DJ Knockout competition and as part of his prize got to rock the crowds on the party island of Ibiza two years in a row.
In 2001, DJ Tira also released his first CD, Real Makoya, a house compilation with the late DJ Khabzela, and in 2005 he formed the kwaito duo T’zozo & Professor with Kalawa Jazmee and featured on the track, Woze Durban.

Also in 2005, he teamed up with Sox to form Durban’s Finest and the pair have released three compilations and won a couple of Metro FM Music awards to boot.
In 2007, year DJ Tira produced his first artist: DJ Cndo and her debut album certified gold, surpassed the 20,000 sales mark. And the accolades keep coming, Big Nuz, a kwaito group he signed, won the Best Kwaito Award at the 2008 Metro FM Music Awards and are nominated for two SAMA awards this year.