Heartfelt tributes pour in for DJ Sumbody

*Trigger warning: death, fatal shooting and gun violence*

In the early hours of Sunday morning, Oupa John Sefoka, better known as DJ Sumbody, was involved in a fatal drive by shooting. It was confirmed that the Amapiano pioneer and his alleged bodyguard Sbu were shot, with paramedics pronouncing them dead on the scene. A third passenger who is identified as his manager Shawn Myeza was fatally wounded and was rushed to hospital upon discovery that he had suffered two bullet wounds to the head.

(Left): Dj Sumbody’s bodyguard Sbu was pronounced dead in the early hours of Sunday morning.
(Left): DJ Sumbody’s manager Shawn Myeza has been admitted to ICU after getting fatally shot.

Sefoka’s production company, Sumsounds Music, confirmed the music producer’s death in a statement, announcing that he was involved in an “unfortunate incident”.

The statement read: “Artist and musician DJ Sumbody has died. Details of his untimely death cannot be released, but the artist named Oupa John Sefoka allegedly ran into an unfortunate incident that led to his passing in the early hours of Sunday morning, 20 November.” The statement adds that the Sefoka family “have kindly requested privacy” as “investigations are still ongoing”.

Bontle Modiselle interviewing DJ Sumbody.

Following news of his death, South African fans and industry colleagues took to social media to pay tribute to Sefoka. Described as a hardworking trailblazer with a big heart, DJ Sumbody was applauded for his many accomplishments. From being a hit-maker to an incredibly successful club franchise owner, fans and loved ones emphasised how he opened doors for his employees, industry peers and close friends.

Here are a few tributes dedicated to DJ Sumbody:

 

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