Ashley Raphala, popularly known as Dj Shimza was born in Tembisa, Gauteng.
The 26-year-old house DJ and radio personality debuted into house music as a DJ in 2003 where he went on to win the Red Square DJ competition in 2006. He also won the South African Music Conference’s DJ Spin offs Competition, National VO Bertrams “The Next Big Thing” and Gauteng Carnival DJ Competition.
Dj Shimza went on to establish and host the prestigious annual “Dj Shimza’s One Man Show” and play in the country’s big concerts including the Spring Fiesta Spring Explosion, Oh Ship and YFM gigs alongside big names like Fresh, Black Coffee and Oskido.
DJ Shimza has released two CD compilations “SA House Charts,” “The Next Big Thing” and was featured on the Soul Candi Sessions 10 Album, which was Soul Candi’s 10th year anniversary pack that included the likes of Euphonik, Whiskey, Lulo Café, Harael, Dj Fresh, thereby joining other big names in the music industry which were all dominant in clubs, dance floors and social events. He travelled several countries such as Mexico, Angola, United States of America and the UK. In all these countries and major cities, his music was regarded as world-class and among the very best.
Shimza later developed entrepreneurial skills as he was being exposed the music industry and his involvement with Soul Candi Music as a student and later an employee for several months further sharpened these skills hence the birth of SHIMUZIC PRODUCTIONS. He founded this entity solely as a platform for proper management of his interests and to also assist and manage other up and coming talented young people within South Africa.
Dj Shimza was also a mix dj on YFM every Friday evening at 6pm labeled YTKO, he is currently on Metro FM encoring a show with Oskido, is a VJ on Channel O and has done djing workshops for shows like Ones and Twos on SABC 1.
FYI: Dj Shimza set to kick off his tour end of April in Dubai, then visit Manchester, London, Morocco, Italy and more till July where he will wrap up the 1st phase of the tour in Kenya. More dates will be revealed soon.