Some have heard about him but we know everyone needs to know the name Young DLC. Lets get to know the talented producer making waves in the music industry.
Born in Harare-Zimbabwe, the dance music DJ/Producer, and songwriter is well known for his Coke Studio Africa gig, as a two time resident Producer (2017 & 2019), where he produced majority of the songs from Nairobi, Kenya. Through Coke Studio Africa, the biggest music TV show in the continent, Young DLC has worked with African music heavyweights including the likes
of Patoranking(Nigeria), Olamide(Nigeria), AKA(SA), Shekinah(SA), Yemi Alade(Nigeria), Kiff No Beat(Côte d’Ivoire), Rayvanny (Tanzania), Kaligraph Jones (Kenya), Nasty C(SA), Runtown(Nigeria), Mr Bow(Mozambique), Rophnan (Ethiopia), Eddy Kenzo (Uganda), and many more artistes featured on the show.
Young DLC’s big break was when he was casted as a guest producer on Coke Studio SA 2016 where he produced for hip hop artist, Aewon Wolf and pop artist, Jade McDonalds, on a song titled “Run Away” which had high rotation on many South African commercial radio stations. In the same year, Young DLC collaborated with, Sylent Nqo on a upbeat house single titled “Be My Girl” which enjoyed massive airplay on Algoa FM and peaked at number 5, spending 15 weeks on the charts.
Young DLC was also part of the electronic music production duo called Matta Motto (Young DLC and Tristan Coetzee) and they released two projects with Gigi Laymane(SA) and Praiz(Nigeria). Young DLC co-produced Mlindo’s Nge Thanda Wena with DJ Maphorisa, featuring Shasha, which generated more than 3 million streams on YouTube without an official video. Through the several production credits and chart-topping collaborations that Young DLC accumulated he ended up getting signed to Sony Publishing South Africa as a producer and songwriter in 2017. In 2018 Young DLC produced Danny K’s: Things We Do and December Streets & JR’s: SummerTime Vibe. Both singles reaching top 5 on SA radio charts.
Young DLC worked with Zimbabwean top artist, Jah Prayzah on his 2021 album Gwara. Two of their songs (Porovhoka & Svovi) have over a million views on YouTube. In 2022, Young DLC collaborated on an EP with Bryan K (Zim) with two songs that made it to the Zim radio charts. Young DLC also collaborated with the former NAMA Awards, outstanding male musician in Zimbabwe, TiGonzi on a project titled “Mufaro” which was also in Zimbabwean radio charts.
This year (2023) has seen Young DLC composing soundtracks for the Disney+ animated series, Kizazi Moto: Generation of Fire. Amongst his own releases are also two singles with music videos. One featuring the Zimbabwean top artist, Nutty O. The energetic house song titled “Unozviziva” enjoyed airplay on all major Zimbabwean radio stations and peaked at number 2 on StarFM, spending 8 weeks on the Zim top 10 charts.
With a forward focus on house music and DJ-ing, Young DLC continues to make regional and international waves across the electronic music scene. However, with his versatility in production style, he continues to collaborate with different artists in what he describes as “Afro-flavored electronic beats”.
• BET Africa’s ISONO opening sequence
• CNN’s Burna Boy documentary (features Young DLC’s productions)
• Two KPM Albums (Under EMI UK) Afrobites and KPM Amapiano (Top 5 Downloads since
• Mnet TV shows, The Voice SA and Celebrity Game Night.
• Young DLC’s music has been used for adverts for:
Oros, Google, Stanbic, KFC and Nandos.
• Young DLC also releases self-titled singles independently
under a distribution deal with Next Music (2022).
With eight years of commercial music production experience, having had worked on major TV shows and other commercial productions in South Africa and Africa as a whole, Young DLC is considered one of the most in-demand producers in Africa.
Previously focused on working behind the scenes, Young DLC is ready to share his DJ awakening and bringing a truly fresh and unique approach to African house music.
Young Zimbabwe got an opportunity to spend 10mins with Young DLC, one of Zimbabwe’s top producers:
Q: Who is Young DLC?
A: DJ and Producer
Q: What’s the meaning behind your name?
A: DLC is my initials, which I share with my dad. Hence the Young.
Q: What is your musical back ground?
A: My dad had a gospel band and ran a studio in the 2000s
Q: Who are some of the artists that inspire you?
A: Too many to mention. But I really appreciate those artists who push music and culture forward in evolution. By bringing a fresh and unique approach to what is already there. Which is what I try to do with my music.
Q: Do you have a favourite song that you worked on?
A: Yes, usually my newest projects so it’s always shifting as I keep creating more.
Q: What other producers, songwriters and/or artists would you want to work with?
A: A lot actually but I prefer to leave that to providence.
Q: How do you like to spend your free time not working on projects or taking care of business matters?
A: It’s really not a thing you turn off and on however I do enjoy readying and journaling. An occasional movie and series.
Q: What’s your future plans/ or what would you want your legacy to be? Legacy?
A: Hmmm I suppose it would be participation and contribution to the general realisation that anything is possible. You can dream and achieve your dream.
Q: What advice would you give a person trying to make it in the entertainment industry?
A: Work work work on yourself and your craft. Persistence and patience. There are those who try and then there are those who train.
Q: How do people get connected with you and book for your services?
A: My socials are always open and I do respond to majority of them.
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Young DLC
YouTube: Young DLC
Worked with the amazing Tamy Moyo and Kayflow on this one.
Director – Blu Mordecai
Dop – Mitch Uta
Colourist – Samutisi
Prod Manager – Gladys Gonda
Styling – The African Hippie
Make up – Boi Sasha
Music Production – Bryan K, Nasper Incoming
SongWriting – Bryan K , Tamy Moyo, Kayflow
STUDIO – TOSE GLOBAL AFRICA