“I want a Range Rover”. That’s what maverick 10-year old DJ Switch said before running off the AFRIMA stage like a naughty schoolgirl who had just broken the teacher’s table. She had been asked what she wanted for her 11th birthday by host Anita Erskine.
DJ Switch, née Erica Tandoh, deserves everything she wants after building up a fine resumé most people would dream of for a lifetime since breaking through on a Ghanaian reality TV show, Talented Kidz in its 8th season, winning the competition as a nine year old nearly two years ago.
She has since appeared at the Ghana Music Awards, the Ghana-Meets-Naija concert, the Ghana DJ Awards, and before the 5th All Africa Music Awards [AFRIMA] had a video interview with the BBC going viral. She has also entertained in the presence of the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, as well as French president Emmanuel Macron.
But Ms. Switch is not even the biggest child entertainer in Africa. She is not even the biggest in her own field- disc jockeying. That honour belongs to the 6-year old South African DJ Arch Junior.
So why is DJ Arch Junior so special? Wait for it…
The star disc jockeyed his way to winning the South African version of the globally acclaimed TV reality show, Got Talent, in 2015 when he was only 3!
First off South Africa Got Talent isn’t a child-exclusive competition and even so, winning any top contest at age 3 is utterly outrageous. The feat also cemented the young DJ’s place as the youngest winner at any Got Talent contest anywhere in the world!
And while DJ Switch was praying a Range Rover, her 3-year old equivalent was at his accolade-decorated room on the West Rand in South Africa asking America to bring it on.
The prince of turntables, who also holds the Guinness world record for the youngest club DJ in the world, was this week announced as one of 50 acts on the Got Talent spin-off in the USA, America’s Got Talent: The Champions.