DJ Switch (Ghanaian DJ)

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Erica Armah Bra-Bulu Tandoh (born December 12, 2007) known by the stage name DJ Switch, is a young Ghanaian female disk jockey.[1][2] She is a multi talented entertainer who can also sing, rap and dance. She is the second child and the only girl among five siblings. She lives in Dadieso in the Western Region of Ghana and attends Talented Royals International School at Weija in Accra. Her career took off when she was seven years of age.[3] She says she is adept at switching people's moods from sad to happy, hence the name DJ Switch.[4]

In June 2018, Erica became the youngest person to win Ghana's annual DJ award.[5] In 2019 Roc Nation, Jay-Z's entertainment company, acknowledged her skills and featured her on their social media for Black History Month. Her dream is to be a gynecologist, so she can enhance the process of childbirth for women in her community.[4]

International performances[edit]

In September 2018, she opened the Bill and Melinda Gates' Foundation's annual Goalkeepers event[6] in New York City, as the warm up act to French President Emmanuel Macron.[7][8] In May 2019, she was in New York to perform at the NGO ''Room to Read''s gala with Wyclef Jean also on the bill.[9] In June 2019, she performed at the World Bank Africa Society Symposium at the World Bank office in Washington.[10] She performed at the 32nd Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government in February 2019.[11]

Awards[edit]

  • Winner of Talented Kids in 2017.
  • Winner of Best Discovery DJ of the year 2018 Ghana DJ Awards.[5]
  • Winner, DJ of the Year at the 2019 Ghana DJ Awards.[12]
  • Winner, Best Female DJ of the year 2019 Ghana DJ Awards.[12]

Philanthropy[edit]

After DJ Switch won the TV3 Talent Kidz 2018, she was interviewed by many media houses and she kept repeating she would like to use some of the monies she gets from playing at events and her DJ Switch Foundation to support the less privileged in society. In October 2019, she made some donations of 50 desks, 4 sets of tables and chairs to the students and teachers of A.M.E Zion Junior High School at Brafoyaw in Cape Coast, Ghana. The donations were received by the DCE Hon. Aba Hagan of Abora Asebu Kwanman Kese on behalf of the school.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Online, Peace FM. "8-Year- Old DJ Switch Wins Talented Kids". peacefmonline.com. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  2. ^ "DJ Switch shares cute photo to celebrate her birthday". ghanaweb.com. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  3. ^ "Erica Tandoh 'DJ Switch': 9-Year-Old Ghanaian DJ". BuzzGhana – Famous People, Celebrity Bios, Updates and Trendy News. May 9, 2017. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Connley, Courtney (June 15, 2019). "Meet the 11-year-old DJ who's caught the attention of Jay-Z and Bill and Melinda Gates". CNBC. Retrieved August 5, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Full list of winners at 2018 Ghana DJ Awards". ghanaweb.com. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  6. ^ "Goalkeepers 2018". gatesfoundation.org. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  7. ^ Mahtani, Melissa. "Meet the 10-year-old DJ from Ghana who just wowed world leaders". Video by Samantha Guff and Janelle Davis. CNN. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  8. ^ Bullock, James; Rao, Akshata; Roberts, Simon; credited, Source: DJ Switch YouTube/Ghana Music/As (June 30, 2018). "Meet DJ Switch, the 10-year-old drawing crowds in Ghana – video". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  9. ^ Issahaku, Zeinat Erebong (May 24, 2019). "Pics: DJ Switch gets a billboard on Times Square New York". AmeyawDebrah.com. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  10. ^ "Photos: DJ Switch rocks queen mother outfit to perform at World Bank symposium". myjoyonline.com. Retrieved July 5, 2019.
  11. ^ "Meet DJ Switch, the young Ghanaian who thrilled African leaders at the AU summit in Ethiopia". pulse.com.gh. February 11, 2019. Retrieved August 5, 2019.
  12. ^ a b 122108447901948 (November 3, 2019). "DJ Switch beats DJ Black, Mic-Smith and Vyrusky to win DJ of the Year". Graphic Online. Retrieved November 7, 2019.
  13. ^ "DJ Switch donates desks to A.M.E Zion School in C/R". 3news. September 30, 2019. Retrieved November 7, 2019.