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South Africa's 6-Year-Old DJ Arch Junior Got a Standing Ovation on 'America's Got Talent'

The 6-year-old South African DJ is the youngest DJ in the world.

DJ Arch Junior or AJ, real name Oratile Hlongwane, is a 6-year-old DJ who is currently blazing a fiery trail on the hit show America's Got Talent. His skills on the decks are unimaginable for anyone let alone a 6-year-old. From his win on the South African spin-off of the talent-search series, he's the musical prodigy currently capturing the hearts of Americans on the even bigger stage.


DJ Arch Junior completely wowed Judges Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel, after an electric performance on the America's Got Talent (Champions) stage. As with the South African audience, he left Americans in genuine disbelief as he showed off his musical prowess on the decks.

Following the performance that had the audience all on their feet, including his own father, Cowell said to AJ:

"You and I need to be talking after this show because I got plans for you."

The young DJ shot to fame when he entered and went on to win South Africa's Got Talent back in 2015 at just three years old. South Africans were in awe that a kid who probably hadn't mastered tying his own shoelaces, displayed such musical mastery.

After messing around with his father's deck, AJ's father realized that the 3-year-old was actually aware of what he was doing and that he was gifted. Since his win, his father has invested his time and efforts to ensuring his son sees bigger and even better stages. And South Africans are so here for it.

Watch DJ Arch Junior's performance on America's Got Talent below.

DJ. Arch Jr: The World's Youngest DJ Delivers Jaw-Dropping Act - America's Got Talent: The Champions www.youtube.com

From celebrities such as Euphonik, Bonang Matheba and Terry Crews, to the South African government and ordinary citizens, everyone has taken to social media to show their support for the little man.






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Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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Watch Focalistic & Vigro Deep’s New Music Video For ‘Ke Star’

The 'Lockdown Level 1 anthem' has come to life through fire visuals.

South African artist Focalistic has released a music video to accompany his hit single, "Ke Star" featuring Vigro Deep.

The rising artist continues solidifying his place with his effortless skill of blending his hip-hop roots with a love for amapiano.

South Africans certainly loved it enough to let it into their homes. Social media users quickly began sharing videos of themselves dancing away their lockdown woes to "Ke Star," helping share the track all over the world.

Directed by Steezus in Focalistic's childhood stomping ground, Ga-Rankuwa, Zone 2, the artist mentions: "The video was to try to explain the song in its fullest form and more importantly tell a genuine South African story. We're pushing a movement and there has to be visual representation." He certainly is representing the nation with pride.


Watch the music video for "Ke Star" here.


Focalistic Ke Star (Official Music Video) ft Vigro Deep www.youtube.com

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The 9 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Olamide, Nasty C, Davido, Mr Eazi x Nicki Minaj and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here, Apple Music here and YouTube Music here

Check out all of OkayAfrica's playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

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