Lungelihle Zwane, born March 30, 2000, known professionally as Uncle Waffles, is a talented Swazi-born DJ and record producer based in South Africa. She is renowned for her dance prowess and contributions to the amapiano genre, and Billboard has referred to her as the “princess of amapiano.”
Uncle Waffles Bio:
|Full Name:||Lungelihle Zwane|
|Date of Birth:||March 30, 2000|
|Place of Birth:||Swaziland|
|Occupation:||DJ & Record Producer|
Early Life and Education
Uncle Waffles was born in Eswatini, previously Swaziland, and grew up with her grandmother. Until she made up with her mother as a teen, she didn’t know her parents and was raised by her grandmother throughout her formative years.
The two of them thereafter had a tense relationship. Black Coffee, Lebo Mathosa, and DJ Kent are just a few of the South African house and kwaito musicians that Zwane grew up listening to.
Prior to finding popularity as a DJ, Zwane worked as a presenter on Eswatini TV’s Studio1, but she was replaced in January 2022 after leaving the program.
A jockey who frequently stopped by the office introduced her to DJing here because there was a fifteen-year-old set of DJ decks. Uncle Waffles moved to South Africa for his university education.
During the COVID-19 lockdowns in 2020, Uncle Waffles claimed to have spent eight hours a day practicing his DJ skills.
She signed with the South African creative firm KreativeKornerr, who were able to get her performances in the “heavily saturated” music market of the nation.
She got notoriety after a video of her dancing to the song “Adiwele” by Young Stunna during her set at the Zone 6 nightclub in Soweto in October 2021 went viral.
She had taken over for a DJ who had withdrawn. Drake, a Canadian rapper, began openly praising Uncle Waffles on Instagram after the success of the video and began following her account.
In March 2022, Uncle Waffles made her debut in the music industry by releasing her first single, “Tanzania,” in advance of the release of her debut extended play (EP), Red Dragon, later that month.
Rolling Stone placed the song as the sixth best afropop song of 2022, and critics dubbed her “a global ambassador for amapiano” after learning that it had taken her three months to perfect.
Uncle Waffles started her first-ever tour of the UK and Ireland in April 2022. The trip, which is regarded as the first all-star amapiano tour in the region, was closely related to a series of performances put on by Piano People, which she headlined alongside DJ Maphorisa and Focalistic.
In September 2022, Uncle Waffles debuted with the song “Tanzania” and accompanying music video. Uncle Waffles revealed that she would begin hosting a regular show on BBC Radio 1 in the same month.
At the Accra Global Citizen Festival in 2022, she was the festival’s lone DJ. In December 2022, she collaborated with KFC South Africa to introduce an exclusive “Uncle Waffles burger” that could be purchased at nearby locations.
She thereafter set out on a performance tour of the US and Australia. Uncle Waffles was acclaimed as one of the best emerging DJs of the year 2022 by the British newspaper Mixmag. In March 2023, streaming service Audiomack praised her as a “#UpNow” artist.
Uncle Waffles Net Worth
Uncle Waffles is a talented Swazi-born DJ and record producer based in South Africa. She has an estimated net worth of $300,000
Uncle Waffles is a public figure who has tried all possible means to hide her personal life out of the media.
However, Uncle Waffles is not yet married currently and hasn’t revealed any man as his boyfriend.