Ashley Raphala was born in Tembisa, Ekurhuleni (East Rand) and grew the love of music particularly from his early days as a child.
He debuted into house music as a DJ in 2003 where he went on to win the Red Square DJ competition in 2006 which lifted his status in the house music arena. He went on to win the South African Music Conference’s DJ Spin offs Competition, National VO Bertrams “The Next Big Thing”. The highlight of his career came when he won the Gauteng Carnival DJ Competition in 2011. Winning this competition gave him much needed exposure and start-up equipment. He went on to establish and host the prestigious annual “Dj Shimza’s One Man Show” in Tembisa Stadium (Mehlareng) and went on to play in the country’s big concerts including the Spring Fiesta Spring Explosion also hosted in the Ekurhuleni (Gauteng – SA), Oh Ship and YFM gigs alongside big industry key players like Dj Fresh, Black Coffee, Culoe De Song, Dj Ganyani, Da Capo and Oskido among others.
DJ Shimza has released few CD compilations including “SA House Charts”, “The Next Big Thing”, he was featured on the Soul Candi Sessions 10 Album, which was Soul Candi’s 10th year anniversary pack that included the likes of Dj Euphonik, Dj Whiskey, Lulo Café, Harael Salkow (Soul Candi Founder), Dj Fresh, thereby joining other big names in the music industry which were all dominant in clubs, dance floors and social events. He travelled several countries such as Mexico, Angola, United States of America, France, Ibiza (Spain) and the UK just to mention a few. In all these countries and major cities, his music was regarded as world-class and among the very best.
Shimza later developed entrepreneurial skills as he was being exposed to the music industry and his involvement with Soul Candi Music as a student and later an employee for several months further sharpened these skills hence the birth of SHIMUZIC PRODUCTIONS. He founded this entity solely as a platform for proper management of his interests and to also assist and manage other up and coming talented young artists within the South African borders.
Dj Shimza was also a mix dj on YFM every Friday evening at 6pm labelled YTKO, he is currently on Metro FM encoring a show with Oskido, is a VJ on Channel O and has done Deejaying workshops for shows like Ones and Twos on SABC 1.
It is without a doubt that Dj Shimza is golden talent, and he still believes in reaching greater heights. Having worked with likes of Dj Khumza, Mash O, Dj Thakzin, Dj Cuebur, Andyboi, Dr Malinga and Black Coffee among others. His unpredictable musical ability saw him signing a record deal with one of the fastest growing record labels famously known as Soulistic Music under Black Coffee’s leadership, one of South Africa’s progressive record labels which houses the like of Da Capo, Soulstar and Black Coffee among others.
His last album released under Soulistic Music in partnership with Universal Music South Africa featured artists like Simphiwe Dana, Zano, Dr Malinga, Soulstar and more.