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From Durban to New York: DBN Gogo lights up Times Square!


Oct 28, 2021

Durban-born DJ Mandisa Radebe, popularly known by her stage name DBN Gogo got to see her face light up Times Square in New York for her involvement in Spotify’s Equal Music Program on Tuesday 27 October.


DBN Gogo is beaming with pride after seeing her face appear on a billboard in Times Square. The billboard was a result of her involvement with Spotify’s Equal Music program alongside Nigerian star Tiwa Savage and rapper Saweetie. 

The Equal Music Program was launched by Spotify as part of the Equal Hub on International Women’s Day (8 March) this year. The program aims to ensure women in the music industry are treated fairly. 

Taking to Instagram, DBN Gogo shared a heartfelt post celebrating her accomplishment. 

“I had a dream and realised that old ways don’t open new doors. So I decided to make every moment count and worthwhile, to assure that I become everything I wanted for my life. Never apologise for being a powerful woman! – @dbngogo for @spotify @spotifyafrica #SpotifyEQUAL #EQUALAfrica,” she wrote on Instagram.

“Imagine waking up to (your) face in Times Square. Everyday god and my ancestors are showing up and showing off in my life. I am eternally grateful ,” she continued. 

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The Phelile hitmaker was chosen because of her work in two male dominated spheres – DJing and amapiano.

“DBN Gogo has managed to dominate two spheres within the music industry traditionally driven by the opposite sex – DJing and amapiano,” said Phiona Okumu, Spotify’s head of music in Sub-Saharan Africa when announcing her involvement in the program.

DBN Gogo told Tshisa Live that she the Equal Music Program was put in place to give women a platform and that extra push in their music careers.

“That is still really crazy to me that I was chosen to be on a billboard up in Times Square, New York. The Equal campaign is really just about promoting women … just giving women that platform, that extra push to say that we’re recognised and appreciated,” she said to Tshisa Live. 

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