DJ Melzi is a 21 year-old disc jockey, record producer, and entrepreneur, who has a net worth of $600,000 (R10.8 million). DJ Melzi’s real name is Tumelo Mphai, and he was born on November 19th, 2001.
The young DJ debuted in the music scene in 2018 and has become well-known for releasing several hit songs such as ‘La Melza,’ ‘Piano Ungenzani,’ and ‘The Streets.’ He has dropped many successful albums and Extended Plays. Despite his young age, DJ Melzi has grown his net worth by working as a record producer. He owns a record label called Melzi Events.
How Old is DJ Melzi Today?
DJ Melzi is 21 years old. His birthdate is November 19th, 2001, and his place of birth is Pretoria, South Africa. His Zodiac sign, based on Astrology, is Scorpio.
Having begun mixing tapes when he was 6 years old, it’s not surprising that DJ Melzi took home his first award at the age of 19 in October 2021. He won the Amapiano Award for the Best Amapiano Male DJ Act.
DJ Melzi’s Real Name
Tumelo Mphai is DJ Melzi’s real name. The meaning behind his stage name is yet to be disclosed. Unlike many artists, DJ Melzi ensures that most of his social media handles bear his real name alongside his professional name. Since bursting onto the music scene at the age of 16, his name has dominantly been on the lips of several music lovers in Mzansi, thanks to his amazing talent.
Who are DJ Melzi’s Parents?
DJ Melzi has supportive parents who are music enthusiasts. They got him Numark devices, which were the old versions of the CD Rays when he was 12 years old. They have always supported his dreams since his childhood, and the Numark devices are one of DJ Melzi’s best gifts ever.
He reportedly comes from a wealthy family. In December 2022, when his dad celebrated his 60th birthday, the La Melza hitmaker took to Instagram to wish his “Twin” a happy birthday. In the post, he was grateful to his father for his words of wisdom and guidance.
DJ Melzi’s Educational Background
Tumelo’s Twitter bio reveals that he is still a student. He is said to be attending the University of South Africa (UNISA). Before enrolling at the tertiary institution, he completed his basic education at Christian Brothers College. Though there are reports that the 21-year-old has dropped out of school, it’s yet to be confirmed.
DJ Melzi’s Musical Career Took Off in 2018
DJ Melzi was raised in a household where everyone had a deep love for music. Hence, he became passionate about music and started mixing tapes at the age of six. He then began experimenting with different musical instruments, creating his own mixes at 10 years of age. He eventually kickstarted his music career in mid-2018, when he was only sixteen.
In the following year, he released two Extended Plays titled, ‘Champopo’ and ‘Rebirth’. His EP ‘Champopo’ was inspired by the nickname given to his car by his peers after repainting it rose gold color, which gave it a champagne-like look. He recorded the tracks of the EP while still at his parent’s house at the age of 17. Later in 2020, DJ Melzi dropped a hit song, ‘MA2000,’ which he dedicated to those like him who were born in the 2000s.
The song became a hit and garnered him much popularity. In the same year, DJ Melzi released his debut studio album titled Eighteen! and, later, an EP, The Bomb. Amazingly, his unique sound has made him stand out from the rest, and his taste for music spans from soul to electro house, retro house, deep house, and afro soul. While working on his sophomore album, the young star moved on to drop another smash song, ‘Paino Ungenzani’ in July 2021.
And in that same year, he released the album, ‘A 19-Year-Old King’. His second studio album featured top artists like Cassper Nyovest, Senzo Afrika, Abidoza, Mphow69, Nobantu Vilakazi, and Mkeyz.
DJ Melzi’s Discography
- La Melza
- Piano Ungenzani feat. Bassie & MFR
- Abazali feat. MKeyz
- Umshado feat. Soulful G
- The Streets feat. Cassper Nyovest, Abidoza & Alie Keyz
- Sibusise feat. Nobantu Vilakazi
- Sele Wena feat. Senzo Afrika & Da Ish
- Imali feat. Mphow69 & MKeyz
- Buza Abelungu feat. MKeyz
- uThando Lujulile feat. Bastsane
Albums & EPs
- Champopo (2019)
- Rebirth (2019)
- Eighteen! (2020)
- The Bomb (2020)
- A 19-Year-Old King (2021)
DJ Melzi Has Had Many Local and International Gigs
In July 2019, at the age of 17, DJ Melzi performed at events in Mzansi, such as Durban July and Macufe. Then on December 18th, 2021, he had his first DJing gig in the Kingdom of Eswatini, entertaining local audiences at Solanis Shisanyama. He returned to the country for the second time during Sobahle Shongwe’s 19th birthday at the Sharma House in Ezulwini in January 2022.
The talented DJ subsequently headlined a show hosted by Evolution Entertainment, owned by Sobahle Shongwe. He had an hour set at the XChange Lounge and delivered a great performance that was loved by the audience. He has further performed in several other countries, including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Mozambique, Botswana, the United States, Germany, Zimbabwe, and the Netherlands.
How Much is DJ Melzi’s Net Worth?
DJ Melzi’s net worth is estimated at $600,000 (R10.8 million). Having been making music all his life, Melzi’s career gained traction soon after he launched it professionally. His unique sound has attained him a huge fanbase, which has contributed to his songs getting platinum and gold certified by RiSA.
The 21-year-old DJ has further augmented his wealth through his effort as a record producer. He serves as the owner and founder of a record label named Melzi Events, and his company has been one of the sponsors of Miss Teen SA. Additionally, DJ Melzi is reportedly a Forex Trader and has been doing so well in the business.
He also owns a foundation – Melzi Foundation, situated in Kuruman, Northern Cape, and the organization provides help to those in need.
DJ Melzi’s House
DJ Melzi is said to have valuable real estate properties in the country. Though he was still living with his parents when he was 17, he now stays in his own house, but it’s uncertain if he owns the mansion or if it’s a rental. He occasionally shows off the opulent house on social media. And it’s quite big with many rooms and features eye-catching exteriors.
DJ Melzi’s Cars
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DJ Melzi’s car collection is worth over R5 million. The platinum-selling artist has several expensive cars in his garage, and they all have a customized number plate, MELZI. He loves Mercedes-Benz products as he owns about three German luxury cars and Volkswagen Golf 7.5 R. DJ Melzi’s cars include:
- Mercedes-Benz V300D (valued at R1.8 million)
- Mercedes-Benz AMG C63S (costs between R1.5 and R2 million)
- Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 43 Coupe (valued at over R1.2 million )
- Volkswagen Golf 7.5 R (worth about R700,000)