By Buziwe Nocuze
A newly-married woman has been lambasted on social media for deejaying while wearing makoti bridal attire, including the long blue skirt known as amajelumane, a black headscarf and small blankets around her waist and shoulders.
Judy Moko Ndika, a DJ in Gugulethu, Cape Town, has been trending on social media, with people saying she doesn’t respect her marriage.
Her stage name is Lady J, but social media users have since given her a new name – DJ Makoti.
“I understand and respect that we all have our opinions or views,” said Lady J.
“But those who are bashing me need to understand that getting married doesn’t mean one needs to stop working or follow one’s dreams.”
She said after people shared her videos, she received a lot of recognition and gigs even though it was not the first time posting her work.
“The makoti attire is working for me because people are talking about it, and I am glad that it is bringing change,” she said.
Lady J, who studied music at Bridges for Music Academy and also owns a record label called Gugs Native Records, met her husband, Bantu Ndika, in 2016 and they were married last year.
“We were booked on the same gig. I was a dancer and he was a singer. Since then we have never looked back,” she said.
“I dance and do everything I was doing before I got married because it is my job. My husband and our families understand this.”
Bantu supports his wife’s decision to deejay in her makoti attire.
“We live differently from the way things were in the past,” he said.
“Times have changed whether we like it or not. We need to adapt to what is happening in our time.”
He said he met his wife while she was loving and doing her art.
“Taking her as my wife didn’t give me the right to stop her from what she was doing. It is her talent,” he said.
“I am also doing art and we support each other. Our families support us. That’s all that matters.”
Pictured above: DJ Lady J has been given the name DJ Makoti by social media users who are bashing her for deejaying wearing makoti attire.
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