Bay DJ hits big time

Yoliswa Sobuwa

HER disappointment at not making the South African DJ Championships semifinals turned to joy for Port Elizabeth’s DJ Sham De Funk who secured a spot as resident DJ at a Middle Eastern club.

Sham De Funk, 23, whose real name is Sihaam Cerfonteyn, will be spinning the decks at Jamrock Doha, a monthly event featuring international DJs and artists at the Marriott Hotel’s Pearl Lounge in Doha, Qatar.

“The opportunity came at the right time and I just could not let it slip through my fingers. The Doha clubs discovered me on SoundCloud and YouTube videos and they contacted my manager. I was feeling a bit down as I did not make it to the first national DJ competition,” she said from Doha.

“One of the prizes [at the SA DJ Championships] includes an all expenses paid trip to [electronic music festival] Tomorrowland. My brother Sudley Cerfonteyn said to me I should cheer up as maybe I was not suppose to attend the event, but play at it. With all the opportunities coming to me this side who knows? I might end up playing at Tomorrowland.”

Sham De Funk’s career started when she received her first set of decks from her older sister at the age of 16. “I remember not knowing which button does what and it took me about two years to finally mix two songs. From there I had the honour of getting many residencies around PE clubs,” she said.

“The biggest response I received as a DJ was in Cape Town some time this year at the Loop Night Club.

“The amount of energy that I got from the audience was phenomenal. As a result, the owner of the club wanted me to be the residential DJ, something that the majority of Cape Town DJs only dream of.”

Launched in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates in 2011, Jamrock is a combination of Caribbean and Urban rhymes that creates an atmosphere of a carnival. Jamrock has become one of the most successful club nights of the week in Dubai. The popular event has since spread to Abu Dhabi and Doha.

“I am currently enjoying every minute of it this side.

“The clubbing industry is actually very modernised this side and the clubs are always filled with people from all over the world,” Sham De Funk said.

“I will be headlining the next event which will be on November 22.”

Sham De Funk, of Parkridge, will spend a year in Doha.

“The only thing I can complain about would definitely be the weather.

“We are going into winter and just the other day the temperature reached 41°C. Other than that, Doha is a beautiful city and I’m happy to call it home for the next few months.”

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