DJ Switch: The 10-Year-Old Female Table Turner from Ghana

DJ Switch: The 10-Year-Old Female Table Turner from Ghana

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Her outlook adds a sense of mystery to her personality, so don't be surprised if she’s mistaken for a celebrity incognito! Popularly known by the showbiz name “DJ Switch”, ten-year-old Erica Armah Bra-Bulu Tandoh is one of the fastest rising child stars in the 21st century in Sub-Saharan Africa. "I came up with the name DJ Switch because when I was a kid I was switching up the mood of people. When you're sad I'll make you happy, when you're happy and you want to be more excited, I'll make you excited," she gleefully says.

The young prodigy hails from Suaman-Dadieso in the Western Region of Ghana. As the second born and only daughter of her parents five children, Erica has chosen the career path of a gynecologist, drawing a deep inspiration from how painful her birth was. Erica is outstanding at disc-jockeying and also great at a few different things. She began her career when she was as yet 7. Her mother, Mrs Lilian Oduro-Mensah, having seen her girl's expertise and love for entertainment, urged her to take up the dream. In only a matter of days, she was prepared for her first ever talent show.

Her story of success begun when she came first and emerged winner at the 8th edition of TV3’s children show in 2017 dubbed, Talented Kidz. For this exceptional feat, she stashed a money prize of GHC 10000 ($ 1,938) and GHC 6000 ($ 1,163) education fund in addition to numerous keepsakes and souvenirs from sponsors. In the same competition she was adjudged youngest best disc-jockey in Africa by the judges

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The disc-jockey begun rising to universal stardom in January 2018 at the UN headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the 32nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union to showcase her skill. From Bongo Flava, to Afro-pop, to Coladeira to Tcha tcho, she blessed the occasion with beautiful genres of music from Africa.

Later that year in June, she became the youngest person to win Ghana's annual DJ award for table turners in the country. Roc Nation, the popular American entertainment company owned by renowned musician Shawn Corey Carter(known professionally as Jay-Z), paid homage to DJ Switch in a tweet, writing: “Today we honor DJ Erica Tandoh (@DJSwitchGhana), a 10-year-old DJ who is the youngest recipient ever to win the Ghana DJ Awards. She was nominated in two other categories: Event DJ of the Year and Best Female DJ of the Year.

Exactly three months later in September, she commenced the Bill and Melinda Gates' Foundation's annual Goalkeepers event in New York. Through this event, she met important dignitaries and guests around the world. She had the opportunity to dine with President Macron of France and other social heads of state.

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Thus far, her brief career has been a successful one. In an interview with BBC after the Goalkeepers event, she iterated for a fact that "Being a young DJ is not that difficult,"when you are being taught in school you pick everything fast. So when you are being taught to DJ you also pick it up fast."

The number of kids disc-jockeying in Africa is growing rapidly, but there's something special about DJ Switch. Not exclusively is her work remarkable, her profession way is extraordinary as most kids her age are not conversant with skills in her multi-talent toolbox like poetry recital, dancing, rapping,singing among others.

About the Author

Max Gapher

Location: Accra, Ghana
Max lives in Accra, Ghana and takes a deep interest in the areas of Finance, Agriculture, and Technology. However, he enjoys writing because writing to him is an emotional journey. He believes in the future of Africa and hopes to connect you to the continent by bringing you the best expressive pieces. All rights to this post remain with the author. Please do not replicate this material without permission.
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