Uncle Waffles Returns to Coachella weekend for Fourth Performance
South African DJ Lungelihle Zwane, also known as Uncle Waffles, will be returning to Coachella for her fourth performance in Indio, California, this coming weekend. Her recent performance at the festival received high praise for her choreography and energy despite experiencing technical difficulties during her US tour kickoff at Coachella.
Uncle Waffles Makes History at Coachella
Uncle Waffles made history during her performance as she became the first amapiano DJ to grace the main stage in a prime-time slot before Bad Bunny’s performance on the Sonora stage. On Saturday, Uncle Waffles surprised her fans as the surprise act on the Do-Labs stage and wrapped up the eventful weekend with another set at the Coachella after-party at Zenyara.
Anticipation for Uncle Waffles’ Return to Coachella
Fans are eagerly anticipating how Uncle Waffles will again shut down Coachella on April 21. “I’m in this position, and it’s not by mistake,” she told Billboard Magazine. In 2022, Grammy award-winning DJ Black Coffee delivered an hour-long set at the festival’s Sahara tent, and Banele and Bandile Mbere of Major League DJz also got to perform on two stages at Coachella.
Uncle Waffles on Amapiano
“It’s been a crazy journey, and we would love to thank every single person who has been behind us through it all. ‘Piano to the world’ was a phrase we believed in so much so that it changed our lives,” Uncle Waffles said in a statement. “This is just the beginning. There’s still so much work to do. The door stays open for kids coming after us. Black child, your dreams are valid. Let’s dream as a nation because, wow, the doors are open wide, and the world is ready to embrace Africa.”
The South African DJ has been credited with helping to popularize amapiano music, a genre that originated in South Africa in the early 2010s. Uncle Waffles has gained a significant following with her unique style of mixing, blending amapiano with other genres such as a house, hip-hop, and kwaito.