South African DJ and Producer Thandi Draai has opened up about her experience breaking into the male dominated scene.
The musical artiste sat down with Sowetan Live and opened up on how scary it was for her venturing into an industry that no other woman in South Africa was in. She wishes there was a woman she could reference and even look up to. Thandi describes the experience as nerve-wrecking but still enjoyable.
“You know, when you’re the first to do something, it’s very scary because you don’t have a reference. There wasn’t a woman in SA that I could reference,” said Thandi.
Thandi is now changing the narrative and has even dropped her Extended Playlist (EP) making her the first Mzansi female to do so.
Thandi hopes that her story can inspire other female artistes to take chances and believe in themselves adding that she is willing to help others.
“We need a lot more people to realize that they can do it. We need to put ourselves in more spaces where we can be empowering ourselves and empower each other. We just need to form that kind of society because the music industry is male-dominated,” she said.
She also admitted that it takes a lot to do something new and that she is still skeptical about a few things that she does to date but still keeps pushing forward.