Remembering Oupa John “DJ Sumbody” Sefoka

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The entertainment industry has been hit by yet another storm. Another light has unfortunately been deemed, DJ Sumbody, real name Oupa John Sefoka – one of the most sought-after disk jockeys in the country who also made a name for himself in the world of music has passed on.

DJ Sumbody was a South African radio presenter, DJ and entrepreneur best known for hit songs such as ‘Ayepyep’ and ‘Monate Mpolaye’.

Sefoka was born in the capital, Pretoria.  He attended Sunnyside Primary School and then furthered his education at Bokgoni Technical High School.

After matriculating, he enrolled for a degree at the Tshwane University of Technology.

However, his love for music was much stronger than that of his academics. Second year, he quit his educational career to focus full-time in the music industry.

Even after dropping out of school, the deejay went on to have a prosperous career in the entertainment industry.

The official kick-off of his career can be traced down to his days as a volunteer producer and presenter. He was the brain behind the show Mashaedi on the Engage, which aired on Tshwane TV.

In 2018, DJ Sumbody became a household name. He dropped a hit song titled Monate Mpolaye. Fame and other recognitions accompanied the song that took the South African music industry by storm. Monate Mpolaye was an anthem, a crossover hit that cemented his place in the cutthroat world of Showbiz.

He grew famous and gained prominence at national level. In addition, on streaming sites, the song was also doing well; on YouTube, it hit over 3.1 million.

The deejay also dropped several albums that gained positive feedback and contributed to his music success. Some of his albums include Larger Than House (Vol. 1 & 2) and Ashi Nthwela.

DJ Sumbody dropped many music tracks to his name and made waves both in the local and international scene.

He worked with and featured several other big names in the music industry including DJ Tira, Busiswa, Londie London, and Holly Rey. He also collaborated with Busiswa, Cassper Nyovest, Kwesta, Zakes Bantwini, and Leehleza.

Music wasn’t his only stream of income, He was also a prolific businessman, Sefoka owned and ran Ayepyep Lifestyle – a partnership between him and Kagiso Setsetse.

This is a gut-wrenching loss to the Sefoka family, his loved ones, colleagues, friends and ultimately to the entertainment industry at large.

Sefoka was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting in Johannesburg in the early hours of Sunday morning, 20 November 2022. The Monate Mpolaye hitmaker and his driver and bodyguard, known as Wolter Sbusiso, were declared dead at the scene. A third person, travelling in a separate car, was seriously injured after sustaining gunshot wounds.

DJ Sumbody, your endless and selfless contributions to the entire music industry and the business world alike – will never go unnoticed. Your legacy will live on in the many lives you touched and gracefully changed for the better. Go on go home oh so bubbly angel. Heaven couldn’t wait for you.

SA POSITIVE NEWS extends the most heartfelt condolences to DJ Sumbody’s family, friends and industry peers.

May Oupa John Sefoka’s soul rest in eternal peace.

By Sinenzolo Mondi – Nduku