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Uncle Waffles Biography

South African Disc Jockey

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Born Lungelihle Zwane on 30 March 2000, Uncle Waffles is a Swazi-born DJ and record producer who has made a significant mark in the South African music scene. She is particularly known for her contributions to the Amapiano genre and her dance abilities. Her debut single, “Tanzania,” topped the charts in South Africa and was certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry of South Africa.

Uncle Waffles
Full Name Lungelihle Zwane
Born March 30, 2000 (age 23)
Nationality South African
Occupation Disc Jockey
Relationship Status Single
Awards Best DJ Africa (2022 African Muzik Magazine Awards)
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Early Life

  • Uncle Waffles was born and raised in Eswatini (formerly Swaziland). She was brought up by her grandmother during her childhood years, and later reconciled with her mother as a teenager.
  • Before her success as a DJ, she was a television presenter on Studio1 on Eswatini TV. It was here that she was introduced to DJ’ing by a friend who also worked at the studio.
  • She later moved to South Africa to attend university.


  • Uncle Waffles learned how to DJ in 2020 during the COVID-19 lockdowns and practiced for eight hours each day.
  • She gained prominence after a video of her dancing to the song “Adiwele” by Young Stunna during her set at the Zone 6 nightclub in Soweto went viral.
  • She released her debut single “Tanzania” in March 2022 in anticipation of her debut extended play (EP), Red Dragon.
  • In April 2022, Uncle Waffles embarked on her first-ever tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland.
  • She released her debut music video for the track “Tanzania” in September 2022.
  • In April 2023, she became the first Amapiano musician to ever perform at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

Personal Life

  • Uncle Waffles had a strained relationship with her mother, with whom she reconciled as a teenager.
  • She was involved in a public dispute with fellow Nigerian artist Zinoleesky.


Extended Plays

  • Red Dragon
  • Asylum (released in March 2023)


  • “Tanzania” (2022)
  • “Yahyuppiyah” (2023)

Awards and Nominations

  • Uncle Waffles’ second EP, Asylum, was certified gold by the Recording Industry of South Africa (RISA) within one week of its release.
  • She is nominated for Best International Act at the 2023 BET Awards.

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