DJ Sbu is a popular South African kwaito musician, club and radio jock, show host, speaker, record label owner, TV presenter, and entrepreneur. He is currently 44 years old as he was born on May 28, 1977. DJ Sbu is presumed to be single and very much available in the market.
Originally born Sbusiso Leope, the sensational entertainer has indeed made a name for himself in different spheres of the South African entertainment industry. In addition to his impressive career profile in the industry, the Tembisa-born star has a foundation called S.L.E.F, through which he gives back to society.
Who Is DJ Sbu and When Was He Born?
DJ Sbu is the son of Mothlegi Leope and Ntombizodwa Mothlegi Leope, who are natives of Tembisa, Gauteng. He was born in Tembisa on the 28th of May 1977 and was also raised there by his parents. The superstar is currently 44 years old.
The philanthropist’s background and further information about other members of his family are not open to public scrutiny. It’s not clear if he is an only child or whether he has siblings as he hasn’t mentioned or introduced anybody as his sibling publicly.
He had his primary school education at the famous Welamlambo primary school and later at central secondary school Pretoria in 1993. DJ Sbu also studied Sound Engineering at African Media University, after which he enrolled at Technikon Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, where he studied electrical engineering.
There is no gainsaying the fact that DJ Sbu’s educational background greatly helped his career pursuits. He is believed to have also honed his skills and upgraded his career through self-development and continuous learning from older colleagues in the industry.
The Entertainer Boasts An Impressive And Enviable Career That Began In The Late 1990s
Mr. Leope’s career journey began exactly in the year 1998 as a broadcaster at the renowned community radio station, Tembisa Info Radio. There, he was in charge of producing and hosting weekend shows. He was known for hosting amazing and entertaining programs, which gradually earned the station a massive listenership. He, however, parted ways with the station after 18 months of meritious service.
His next stop was at YFM, a Johannesburg-based radio station, in the year 2000. He served as a producer and co-host for a weekend show, “Beauty and the Beast” with Angela Ludek. He was also the host of the talent hunt show, “Gumbo Fire” which aired on SABC 1, as well as the anchor of the SABC’s game show, “Friends Like These”, which had more than 200 episodes. The popular game did not only increase DJ Sbu’s popularity but also earned him a massive fortune.
DJ Sbu has also appeared in TV adverts such as World Online (2000) and the Toyota Tazz. He joined the YFM show, Y-Lens as its new radio presenter in the year 2005. He withdrew his services to the station after one year due to personal commitments.
He subsequently joined Ukhozi FM, but resigned after a short period and rejoined YFM. The Billionaire Under Construction author now has his own radio station called Massiv Metro. He recently announced that he would be releasing an album any moment from now.
An all-rounder, DJ Sbu is a talented producer. He produced his first movie in the year 2000. The title of the project is “Hang Time”. The success of the movie really earned him positive feedback from viewers and huge attention from movie producers. The project eventually earned him a couple of roles in the industry, including in TV series such as “It Rained Last Night” (2001), and “Isidingo” (2001).
Regardless of his impressive and inspiring career journey, DJ Sbu has had his own fair share of industry controversies, which led to his suspension from YFM in February 2008.
The musician and his record label TS Records were also dragged through the mud some time ago by musician Zahara who accused the social entrepreneur of abusing her financially and denying her royalties from her first album. The record label was shut down in 2017 as a result of the negativity it reportedly carried with it.
A Look At His Major Achievements
DJ Sbu has really lived up to expectations in the industry. In fact, he has even surpassed so many people’s expectations. Considering all he has been through, including his dismissals from two of the places he worked for years, a lot of people believe he came this far through sheer hard work and consistency.
As mentioned earlier, the Tembisa-born celebrity is an outstanding Kwaito musician, TV presenter, club and radio jock, a top-notch speaker who has graced elevated stages around the world, a philanthropist, and a record label owner.
Besides all that, the accomplished musician also stands out for other notable achievements in the industry.
- He is the owner of the black-owned energy drink, MoFaya
- DJ Sbu clinched a show on CNBC Africa in collaboration with Forbes Africa, called Kicking doors with Sbu Leope
- In 2004, he received the South Africa music award for artist of the year
- In 2007, he also won the South Africa music award for record of the year
- In 2012, Mr. Leope won the 18th annual south African music award for the remix of the year
- In 2015, he won a South Africa music award for the best remix
- In 2016, DJ Sbu also won the Metro FM award for Record of the year
- DJ Sbu set a new Guinness World Record for the longest radio broadcast on his online radio station, Massiv Metro. He was live on air for nine days, which amounted to 216 hours. The show was broadcast in South Africa and Tanzania
- He is also the writer of the books Billionaire Under Construction and the Art of Hustling
- Through his foundation, he has played a valuable role in shaping youth culture in South Africa. He has awarded hundreds of students bursaries through the organization, especially through the SLEF Benefit Concert
- His record label, TS Records has produced some of South Africa’s brightest young stars, including Brown Dash, Mzekezeke, and Zahara
- His urban radio station, Massiv Metro has helped in shaping the career of African DJs. The station presents an African line-up of influential DJs aged between 23 and 40 to their audiences on a daily basis
DJ Sbu’s Songs and Albums
DJ Sbu stands out as one of the finest and highest-earning musicians in South Africa right now. He has four outstanding albums under his belt, as well as several hit songs. His songs are relatable and resonate with the people.
He has worked with several artists over the years. He is greatly respected among his peers for his talent and all he has done in the music industry.
Here are some of his albums and songs;
DJ Sbu’s Albums
- MoFaya (2014)
- Sound Revival (2011)
- Sound Revival Vol. 2 (2012)
- Y-Lens Vol. 1 (2006)
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DJ Sbu’s Songs
- Remember When It Rained
- Get Together
- Skhova Uwiki Emadolweni
- Skhova John Hier
- Reading your mind
- USISI WOMXHOSA
- Love And Let Love
- Touch the Sky
- Welcome To My World
- Stand By Me
Is DJ Sbu Married?
DJ Sbu is currently single and very much available in the market. The sensational musician hasn’t been lucky in love, like most of his peers in the industry who found love at first sight.
Leope has never been married before either. He was engaged to a South African woman called Disebo Makatsa in 2013 but the two couldn’t take their relationship to the next level as their engagement was called off two years later. However, they have a child between them.
Reports have it that Makatsa allegedly cheated on DJ Sbu with popular businessman Edwin Sodi, an allegation she vehemently denied. The DJ and her baby mama are still friends and are jointly raising their child Waratwa Leope together.
Who Exactly Is Disebo Makatsa?
Disebo Makatsa is a South African young lady born in Welkom, Free State. There is no available information about her background, however, her mother’s name is Shirley. Disebo fluently speaks four languages namely, Afrikaans, Southern Sotho, Zulu, and English.
DJ Sbu’s baby mama attended Epworth School in Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal province. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pretoria, where she studied Geoscience.
She also attended Wits Business school, where she took up some management courses. She is a Master’s degree holder as well. Disebo has worked at various places in the country, including Central Rand Gold as a planner for technical services.
Since 2011, she has been working as the group project manager at Pan African Resources. She also occupies a top position at the Sbusiso Leope Education Foundation. Makatsa owes her rise to prominence to DJ Sbu as she was not a public figure before their connection.
She gave birth to their daughter on the 18th of October 2014 and has been living a quiet life since her messy breakup with DJ Sbu.
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Who Else Has The Celebrity DJ Dated?
DJ Sbu has also been romantically linked to the popular South African actress Terry Pheto, who he briefly dated for a year. The two made their relationship official in the year 2019 and broke up the following year.
Multiple sources reported that the two called off their relationship due to Sbusiso’s “bad publicity”, which was allegedly doing damage to Terry’s L’Oreal ambassadorship. However, the actress vehemently denied the claims. She insisted that their separation had nothing to do with all that.
Despite their short-lived relationship, Pheto said that she and her ex-lover are still on good terms and that she would continue to see him as a friend.
The S.L.E.F founder was rumored to be in a relationship with a Johannesburg student called Boitumelo Mahlase. The rumor began making the rounds in 2016. However, DJ Sbu quickly denied having anything to do with the said lady.
The multi-talented entrepreneur rather explained that he doesn’t date students but offers them help through his foundation.
The musician’s love life hasn’t been thrust under the spotlight for a long time now as he has not been linked to any woman in the past few years. No one knows if he is dating anyone secretly or has given up on love.
What is DJ Sbu’s Net Worth?
The Tembisa native has an estimated net worth of R27 million, which he made from his thriving mixed career. DJ Sbu makes a lot of money as a celebrity musician, entrepreneur, record label owner, TV presenter, world-class speaker, as well as a club and radio jock.
However, the exact amount he makes monthly and the amount he makes from each of his endeavors are not public knowledge. More than investing in businesses, he also invests in his foundation called S.L.E.F which stands for Sibusiso Leope Education Foundation.
Key Takeaways About DJ Sbu
What is DJ Sbu’s Age?
DJ Sbu, whose real name is Sibusiso Leope, was born on the 27th of May 1977, in Tembisa, Gauteng, South Africa. He is 44 years old currently.
Is DJ Sbu a Billionaire?
DJ Sbu’s net worth is reportedly estimated at R27 million. Although the value of his assets is not exactly known as it is yet to be published by authorities in the field, it is a well-known fact that DJ Sbu is one of the richest musicians in the country. He has unarguably done so well for himself.
Where is DJ Sbu’s House?
DJ Sbu’s house is situated in one of the biggest cities in South Africa. The celebrity entertainer hasn’t mentioned the exact location of his house, however, it is said to be a beautiful and modern mansion with a recording studio. The crew of the South African lifestyle television show Top Billing once visited the presenter’s sprawling apartment.
What is the name of DJ Sbu’s book?
The dynamic entrepreneur is the writer of the book Billionaires Under Construction, which documents a lot about his life, including his notorious run-in with Forbes magazine and the dismissal from two of South Africa’s most prominent radio stations. DJ Sbu is also the brain behind the book, The Art of Hustling.