DJ Di-Franzo

France Ledwaba a.k.a DJ Di-Franzo, was born and bred in Soshanguve, north of Pretoria. His earliest memories of his love for music were during his primary school days dancing to his brothers Disco and African Contemporary music. But it wasn’t until after high school that he realised his dream of becoming a DJ. During his high school days he played at family gatherings, and friends’ parties and other do’s.

in 1996 he started collecting vinyls with a friend (DJ Sgodi). In 1997 he met DJ Slim-Jan who taught him the basics of beat matching. From there on Di-Franzo spent sleepless nights practicing his mixing and in no time he felt he was an expert moving from bedroom DJ to stokvels, birthday parties, and various social gatherings.

In 1998, his beat-matching teacher disappeared with Di-Franzo’s vinyl collection, a mixer and a turntable. After several attempts of hunting for the guy, Di-Franzo tried to pick up the piece and carry on buying music, hoping to recover slowly from the misfortune.  But due to financial pressure he decided to put everything on hold in 2002.

In 1999 he enrolled at Phakamani Music Institute to study music business and was inspired there by the love of Jazz and African sounds by fellow students. He fell in love with the sounds and started collecting African Jazz an later all types.

Di-Franzo always had passion for music and entertainment. In 2000 he went for an internship at Music Industry Development Initiative (MIDI) Trust who employed him full-time a year later. He also worked as an events co-ordinator, facilitated workshops and organised some workshops as part of the South African Music Week.

It was in 2007 when he was stage managing an SAYCO (South African Youth Congress) event in Cape Town that when a DJ could no make it to the event, he took over and played at the do. This, he says, ‘invoked the sleeping giant in me’. At the end of that year he shared a stage with Fistaz Mixwell, DJ Sbu, and Tbo touch at the Annual Home Coming Concert.

Di-Franzo has played in several projects including The Homecoming Concert, Savanna Lemon Revolution, Edgars Music Series. He has shared the stage with DJ’s Lulo Café (Soulcandi/Metro FM), Oskido (Kalawa Jazzmee/Metro FM), Fresca (Soulcandi), Monde (Yfm), Linda (Sony BMG), Zan-D (Yfm), King Deetoy, MacG (Yfm), Tholi B (Yfm), Vinni Small (DJs Ball), Josh (Blue Peach), Thee Gobs, Thobs to name a few. He has also shared a stage with international DJ Kofi. He has played at clubs like Jack Bhuda (Mamelodi), Short Left (Soshanguve), Inc the Club (Johannesburg), Galaxy (Emalahleni), Skeem GP (Katlehong), Backroom (Soweto), White House (Soweto), Masakeng (Soweto), Cappello (Newtown), Cappello Wonder Park (Pretoria), Le Mix Room (Newtown), Lefelong Cafe (Vaal) and various other places.

Di-Franzo did the New Years Eve party at Monakaladi Pub & Chillate in Itireleng, in the Taung area. He also does corporate events for various companies around Johannesburg.

Di-Franzo is currently a podcast ‘Let’s Go Deep Sessions’ distributed electronically world wide.

For more info or if you wish to make bookings you can contact dj@di-franzo.co.za or contact 0761553002 or 0783510793. Check the profile http://www.facebook.com/difranzo or tweet me on www.twitter.com/DiFranzo or youtube on www.youtube.com/DJDiFranzo1

Monthly podcast with him and other guest DJ’s on http://difranzo.podomatic.com presenting fresh Deep Sounds by himself and other local and international producers.


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