This is the biography of DJ Fresh, a South African DJ and entrepreneur whose real name is Thato Sikwane. He is a popular radio presenter and music producer. He has released 32 albums, mostly under the series of Fresh House Flava and Definition of House. DJ Fresh has also worked on many TV shows as a guest judge and owns companies such as Big Dawg Productions and Fresh House Records.
Early Life and Career
Thato Sikwane was born on 15 October 1972 in Botswana. He developed an interest in deejaying while he was in Botswana before relocating to South Africa in 1994 to pursue his studies.
DJ Fresh obtained a Media Studies diploma at Johannesburg’s Boston Media House. He got the opportunity to work at YFM Radio station in Johannesburg while he was completing his third year and spent eight years at the station before moving to 5FM’s popular “Drive Time” slot.
Fresh was a radio presenter at 5FM for more than 10 years before moving to Metro FM in 2017, where the “Fresh Breakfast Show” became one of the station’s most-loved slots. In August 2019, Metro FM fired him after a listener complained to the BCCSA about the strong language he used during a live broadcast. Fresh took over 947’s Drive Time show, from which he was also fired after being accused of rape.
DJ Fresh Music Production and Entrepreneurship
Apart from being a radio DJ, Fresh is also a music producer and entrepreneur. He has released 32 albums to date, mostly under the series Fresh House Flava and Definition of House. He has also worked on many TV shows such as Idols SA, SA’s Got Talent and Tropika Island of Treasure SA as a guest judge.
DJ Fresh owns companies of his own, such as Big Dawg Productions and Fresh House Records. In 2022, he started a record label with Zimbabwean-born producer/dj, Tich Ponde, who goes by the name of Shona SA, which focuses mainly on Afro House music. The name of the record label is “Domboshaba Records”.
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Sikwane and Ponde also merged to become the “Domboshaba Duo” and have released an album called The Beginning, which was released in October of 2022 and features artists such as Rock’itMan, Nomvula SA and Audius, just to name a few. In 2023, he released his 13 tracks studio album project titled Voices of Hope 2 Album, featuring other top artists like Shona SA, Gouveia, TorQue MuziQ, Starr, Bongiwe Indlovukazi, Mazet SA and Sazi Cele.
Thato Sikwane Personal Life
Sikwane married Thabiso Sikwane in 2002. They have three children together. In 2020, the couple separated and began the divorce process. Rumours circulated in 2023 that he was dating Scandal star Mapaseka Koetle. In December 2023, he revealed that he had broken up with his girlfriend without mentioning her name. DJ Fresh is also a prolific fitness enthusiast
DJ Fresh and Euphonik were accused of raping a woman. The woman opened a case of rape at Sunnyside police station in January 2021. However, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) decided not to prosecute the duo, citing insufficient evidence.
DJ Fresh and Euphonik then filed a defamation case against the woman, claiming that she had falsely accused them of rape. The court, however, dismissed the defamation case in September 2021, saying that there were no prospects of a successful criminal prosecution. The woman also opened a defamation case against DJ Euphonik for sharing an alleged fake WhatsApp message in which she supposedly apologised for lying about the rape. That case is still pending in court.
- DJ Fresh:’I was fired over word that does not exist’ – SowetanLIVE
- DJ Fresh and Euphonik part ways with 947 as they ‘resume all public engagements’ – News24
- DJ Fresh (SA): albums, songs, playlists – Deezer
- ‘I genuinely believe I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her’ — DJ Fresh on being single again – TimesLIVE