KAGISO “Divalash” Modiselle was named winner of the 7th edition of the competition RedSquare DJ KnockOut Challenge on December 16 at Giant Stadium in Soshanguve. Divalash is the first female DJ to win the knockout competition, since it started seven years ago.
Controversy surrounded her during the audition stages when some of the male participants claimed she was not a woman but a man acting like a female.
The talented female DJ who was a clear crowd favourite impressed with her mixing, song selection and Cd scratching skills. At the beginning of her set, she appeared to send a message to the boys by playing Julius Malema’s famous sound bite: “You are a small boy, you can not do anything.”
Indeed the boys could not do anything to stop her from taking home the R100 000 cash prize and deejaying equipment worth R120 000. She was overwhelmed by emotions when it was announced that she was the winner. The flamboyant 25-year-old just couldn’t hold back the tears as she sobbed for joy.
“It has been a long road, and yes I believed that this was my year and all I can do is just to thank God for making sure I win. I had actually said that I will never enter again, but something in me said just try one last time.
I hope my achievement encourages ladies out there that they too can do whatever they want to if they set their minds to it. I still can’t believe I am the winner.
It feels like a dream. All I can do right now is to thank all the people who supported me because without them I wouldn’t be here.”
Soweto’s Dj Kwanele Sikakane came second, happy that he got to the top two and walked away with R10 000 cash price, he felt that he actually deserved to win.“The competition was tight of cause, but I feel that the judges might have been a bit biased towards Divalash because she is a woman and maybe they felt that it would be great for a lady to win” he said. “I played my best as I had done a couple of mistakes in the past and I made sure that I had fixed all of them but yeah well what can we say that is just how things are.
I still feel that the judges were not fair.” The two competitors had both entered the RedSquare DJ KnockOut three times before and they had both said that this will be their last shot at the title.
Divalash adamant she got the title based on merit, talent, perseverance and hard work. “I know there are some djs that were not happy with me being in the competition and they started a smear campaign against me but I just kept myself focused on the price.
I made sure that I learned from my mistakes and did my best,” she said. Divalash said part of the cash price will help her fix her house in Soshanguve which was ruined by the hailstorm that hit Pretoria a few weeks back.“I am currently sleeping in a house with a broken roof and this money will surely come in handy to fix my house. I can’t even think of anything else right now as that is my top priority.”She is convinced that her winning the RedSquare DJ KnockOut Challenge is a sign of great things still to come.
Prepared by: Afrika Ekhaya Ent. On behalf of: Red Square, a Halewood International brand