DJ Zinhle was bemused at why she and her hit single Umlilo was trending, on Monday.
Umlilo is undoubtedly one of the hottest songs on circulation at the moment.
DJ Zinhle’s fans have been on Twitter rallying up her hive to be ready with the votes that will catapult the song as the crossover hit of the year.
There’s something wrong with South Africans if #Umlilo doesn’t win song of the year ♂️— (@libuleleee) December 2, 2019
DJ Zinhle Umlilo: Rakes in the streams
The fans might have a valid point. The numbers sure do not lie. In the three months that the song has been dropped, it garnered more than 5-million streams.
This means that right at the start of the festive season, Umlilo is sitting at four-times platinum status.
One can only imagine what the stream count will be once the festive season has come and gone.
One thing is for sure, though: uMama ka Kairo is doing the most right now.
This is how the collaboration happened
In a recent interview with Tshisa Live, DJ Zinhle, Rethabile and Mvzzle, reflected on how the song came to be.
“I met uZinhle when she was a judge on the show 1s and 2s. I was one of the top three, so after that I sent her a beat, actually I sent her three beats, and she said, ‘OK, I like these two but this one, there’s something in it,'” Mvzzle recalled.
After delays in recording the song, due to conflicting schedules with other artists, Rethabile — an acquaintance of Mvzzle, contacted DJ Zinhle on Instagram.
That leap of faith was reciprocated by the DJ and, well, the rest is history.
“We are feeling a little shocked about the news. 5.1 million streams is really crazy,” Zinhle exclaimed.
Fans believe Umlilo will perform just s well on the awards circuit and, you know what, they might just have a point.