At first it may seem fake — a 2-year-old playing with the knobs and buttons of a modern music system. But, the little boy in control of the house music is South Africa’s youngest disc jockey, DJ AJ who’s real name is Oratilwe Hlongwane.
The young dj is still learning to put together words but the toddler is already able to select and play music while mixing sounds from a laptop and has become a viral phenomenon.
DJ AJ has even had a show at the local shopping mall. Where he bops his head to the beat, and his large headphones slipping off his tiny frame.
His mother, Refiloe Marumo, credits his father’s decision to buy an iPad for their son. Glen Hlongwane planned to download educational apps to speed up his child’s education. At about a year old, AJ learned how to manipulate the gadget. Not satisfied with number recognition games, he began to fiddle with his father’s DJ app.
The parents were blown away when their son, still in diapers, repeated what he had learned on the app on actual DJ equipment, playing with sound effects and bouncing between songs. A cellphone video of him playing went viral and now DJ AJ has nearly 25,000 Facebook fans!
His newfound fame has brought special appearances and sponsorship deals other older DJs dream of.
Hlongwane and Marumo are adamant that they will not force their son to be a DJ when he grows up, but say they believe his affinity for electronic equipment will probably decide his future.
Little DJ AJ definitely lucked out with learning a talent that has become so popular lately.
Mystical is always looking for new djs, we may have to reach out to AJ when he becomes of age.