Mthokozisi Khathi (born August 24, 1976),[1] professionally known by his stage name DJ Tira, is a South African DJ, record producer and Kwaito artist. He helped popularize the Gqom music genre.

DJ Tira
Birth nameMthokozisi Khathi
Born (1976-08-24) 24 August 1976 (age 46)
KwaHlabisa, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • DJ
  • record producer
  • businessman
Years active2000–present
Gugu Khathi
(m. 2013)

Khathi won the Smirnoff SA DJ Knockout competition in 2000 and released the compilation album Real Makoya in 2001. He is a member of the South African musical group, Durbans Finest. Tira signed a record deal with Kalawa Jazmee in 2005 and established his own record label Afrotaiment in 2007. His debut album Ezase Afro Vol:1 (2008), was a commercial success.

Tira's fourth album 21 Years Of DJ Tira (2020)[2] was certified platinum by the Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA).[3][4] The album includes chart-topping singles "Nguwe" and "Uyandazi".[5][6] His fifth studio album, Rockstar Forever (2021), debuted number 1 on the iTunes chart. Khathi was a guest judge on the television talent show 1's and 2's (2021).

Early lifeEdit

Khathi was born in KwaHlabisa Village, KwaZulu-Natal,[7] and his family relocated to Durban in 1979.[8] Khathi attended Mlokothwa High School[7] and enrolled at the University of Natal now known as UKZN in 1995, studying human resources.[8]


Khathi developed an interest in being a DJ while he was at university, when he started playing as a DJ in 1996.[9] Around 2001, he released his first record named Real Makoya,[1] which is a compilation album with DJ Khabzela. In 2005, he was signed a record deal with Kalawa Jazzmee.[7] He formed a group named Tzozo En Professor and later formed Durbans Finest together with DJ Sox which also was under Kalawa Jazmee Records.[1] Tira and Sox together released a series compilation albums named Durbans Finest.

In 2007, he launched his recording studio Afrotainment and signed DJ Cndo as the first artist on his record label. Since he was working at his own production, he became a music producer. Later the same year DJ Tira signed kwaito group Big Nuz after they relocated from Johannesburg to Durban.[7] In 2008, DJ Tira as a featured artist appeared on two tracks on urban radio charts and music shops charts alongside of Big Nuz's "Ubala Lolo" and DJ Clock's "Mahamba Yedwa".[citation needed]

In 2008, he released his first solo project under his record label named Ezase Afro Vol:1. The album is supported by the guest appearance of Bricks, Daddy, Big Nuz and Joocy of Afrosoul. Ezase Afro Vol:1 became a hit album and sold more than 20 000 copies.[1]

In March 2019, his single "Amachankura" featuring TNS was released as the lead single from an upcoming studio album. In July 2019, the second single "Thank You Mr DJ" featuring Joocy was released.[10] Tira released Ikhenani on September 13, 2019.[11] Ikhenani won Best Kwaito Album at the 26th ceremony of South African Music Awards.[12]

On August 24, 2020, his fourth studio album 21 Years of DJ Tira was released in South Africa, celebrating a 21 years in music industry. The album was certified platinum by the Recording industry of South Africa (RiSA).

In March 2021, he co-hosted season 6 of the SABC 1 talent show competition, 1's and 2's.[13]

On June 25, 2021, his fifth studio album Rockstar Forever was released in South Africa. The album features the Q Twins, Makhadzi, Western Boyz, Jumbo, Prince Bulo, Biza Wethu, Mampintsha, Joocy, Ntencane, Proffesor, Beast, Worst Behaviour, Dladla Mshunqisi, BlaQRythm, Mtebza & Khazozo.[14] Rockstar Forever rank number 1 on iTunes charts South Africa.[citation needed]

Personal lifeEdit

DJ Tira is married to Gugu Khathi and they have two sons and one daughter.[9] DJ Tira and his wife hosted a Umabo (traditional Zulu ceremony) at his home in KwaHlabisa, KwaZulu-Natal.[15]


List of studio albumsEdit

Album title Album details Certification
Ezase Afro Vol:1
Ezase Afro Vol:2
  • Released: 2012
  • Label: Afrotainment
  • Formats: CD, Digital download
21 Years Of DJ Tira (RiSA):Platinum
Rockstar Forever

Compilation albumsEdit

Album title Album details
Real Makoya (with DJ Khabzela)
  • Released: 2001
  • Formats: CD
Durbans Finest Vol:1 (with Sox and Ncedo M)
  • Released: 2004
  • Formats: CD
Durbans Finest Vol:2 (with Sox)
  • Released: 2005
  • Formats: CD

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Prize Work/recipient Result Ref.
AMFMA Best Compilation album Durbans Finest Vol:1 Won
DMASA Best Live Act Himself Nominated
2019 SAMA Record of the


Nominated [16]
2020 26th SAMA Best Kwaito/Gqom/Amapiano Nominated
1st KZN Entertainment Awards Special Achievement Award Himself Won [17]


  1. ^ a b c d Julie Kwach (9 August 2019). "Dj Tira biography: age, wife, best songs, Instagram, cars, and net worth".
  2. ^ Ngqola, Nonkululeko (16 June 2020). "DJ Tira celebrates a whopping 21 years in the Mzansi music industry". Briefly.
  3. ^ "DJ Tira's milestone career '21 Years Of DJ Tira' album goes platinum".
  4. ^ ""21 Years of Dj Tira" album is certified platinum | Fakaza News". 18 January 2021.
  5. ^ "Nguwe (feat. Nomcebo Zikode, Joocy & Prince Bulo)".
  6. ^ "Uyandazi (feat. Berita)".
  7. ^ a b c d "DJ Tira Biography: Age, Family, Education, Career, Awards, Wife, Controversy,Cars". 11 April 2020.
  8. ^ a b "DJ Tira's biography". TVSA. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  9. ^ a b Nkosi, Joseph. "DJ Tira Biography, Age, Wife,Songs, Car, Contact Details, Wedding & Sons".
  10. ^ "DJ Tira to release a new single, Thank You Mr DJ, featuring Joocy | JustNje". JustNje. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  11. ^ "DJ Tira releases his much anticipated album, Ikhenani | JustNje". JustNje. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  12. ^ Shabangu, Nobantu. "Here's a List of the 2020 South African Music Awards (SAMAs) Winners - OkayAfrica". OkayAfrica. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  13. ^ "Speedsta And DJ Tira Join 1s And 2s Season Six - ZAlebs". Zalebs. 14 March 2021.
  14. ^ "DJ Tira drops a new album ' Rockstar Forever '". DJs Production. 25 June 2021. Retrieved 26 June 2021.
  15. ^ Dayile, Qhama. "DJ Tira introduces wife to ancestors". Drum.
  16. ^ Mathebula, Kwanele (31 May 2019). "2019 SAMA Record of the Year nominees".
  17. ^ "Talent overload: All the winners from the first KZN Entertainment Awards". The South African.

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