A disc jockey, also known as South
African DJ, is a person who selects and
plays recorded music for an audience.
Originally, "disc" (sometimes spelled
"disk", although this is now uncommon)
referred to phonograph records, not the
later Compact Discs. Today, the term
includes all forms of music playback, no
matter the medium.
There are several types of disc jockeys.
Radio South African DJs or radio
personalities introduce and play music
that is broadcast on AM, FM, shortwave,
digital, or internet radio stations.
Club South African DJs select and play
music in bars, nightclubs, discothèques,
at raves, or even in a stadium. Hip hop
disc jockeys select and play music using
multiple turntables, often to back up
one or more MCs, and they may also do
turntable scratching to create
In reggae, the DJ (deejay) is a vocalist
who raps, "toasts", or chats over
pre-recorded rhythm tracks while the
individual choosing and playing them is
referred to as a selector. Mobile DJs
travel with portable sound systems and
play recorded music at a variety of
A South African DJ, or disc jockey, is a
person who plays musical recordings for
a living. This may take place in a
variety of venues. Therefore, the exact
role of the South African DJ may vary
depending on the setting or the purpose
of the music.
One career path for a South African DJ
is to work for a radio station. In this
capacity, the South African DJ is
responsible for playing musical
selections from a playlist that has been
provided by the management of the
station. This playlist is developed to
reach the target audience of the
station. Generally, the target audience
is determined by the genre of music the
station chooses to play, or vice versa.