‘Special guest’: Pearl Thusi announces her first international DJing gig

No doubt Pearl Thusi is a jill of trades and has a colourful career to show for it. Dubbed one of the most sought-after media personalities in South Africa, Pearl Thusi has managed to wow many with her unmatched flair.


Barely a month after making her debut as a DJ, she is already getting bookings beyond South Africa as she spreads her boundaries.

After adding DJying to her resume, she took it to Instagram and posted, “Delay is not denial. Trust in the process. I’ve made a dream come true. Whether this makes sense to you or not, worry about yourself and make your dreams come true. I pray this convinces you to never give up on your goals [sic].”

“I was always so worried about what everyone would say about this decision for nearly a decade. Angisanandaba nezinkulumo zabantu. I practised until I couldn’t stand. I’m so happy because I overcame the fear of judgement, forgetting that only God has the right to judge me. I’m free,” added Pearl Thusi.

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However, barely months after announcing her debut, she earned her first International DJing set in Zambia. Taking to Instagram, Pearl Thusi posted, “I’ll be hogging the Aux in Zambia tomorrow. My first time playing outside of SA!”

She joins a host of South African DJs with sets in neighbouring countries. However, Pearl Thusi has since gained endorsements from several celebrities, with DJ Zinhle being one of the first DJs to show her love.

Taking to X, formerly Twitter, DJ Zinhle posted, “My new favourite DJ: Mamma Pantha @PearlThusi we are going to have so much fun [sic].”

Pearl Thusi started her career as a Lip Sync Battle Africa host on MTV. Pearl Thusi went on to spread her wings to the small screen. In 2009, Pearl Thusi starred in The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency as Patricia Kopong on the BBC/HBO comedy-drama.

In 2015, she hogged headlines when she co-starred with Dr Nandi Montabu in Tremors 5: Bloodlines. However, in 2016, she starred alongside Priyanka Chopra in Quantico, an ABC thriller series.

In 2017, she starred Kalushi as Brenda Riviera. Pearl Thusi has starred in several bid budget drama series, including Isidingo and Queen Sono. She has also co-hosted several events, which include the KZN Entertainment Awards.