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DJ from Benguela was the big winner of the DJ Search competition

DJ Cleo, from São João Popular, Benguela, won the Smirnoff DJ Search after the public vote and the final performance at the Mercado de Comida, in Luanda. She is expected to be the next top Angolan DJ, with a strong and sustained career ahead of her. DJ Lene Lee was ranked second.


Judges DJ Search, DJ Elly Chuva and DJ Leo Cris were present and attentive to the event, as well as Angolan stars Tio, Aryovaldo and Eva Rap Diva, partners of Smirnoff.

"Winning this competition, as an Angolan DJ, is very important to me. It has been a long journey", says DJ Cleo, specialist in house music, in a statement sent to VerAngola.

The Smirnoff DJ Search is the first Angolan competition for female DJs, and DJ Cleo won a mentorship with DJ Elly Chuva, along with a DJ set valued at more than 2,300,000.00 kwanzas and performances at Smirnoff activations and events.

DJ Cleo found out about the competition through social media (Facebook and Instagram), where several friends and followers commented.

The search for the next successful DJ in Angola began in October with an invitation to participate, after which judges DJs Elly Chuva and Leo Cris created a shortlist for public voting, which took place around the performances of the finalists.

"It's not easy for female DJs to break into this industry, and by winning the Smirnoff DJ Search, DJ Cleo has an incredible opportunity to take her career to the next international level. I look forward to working with her and helping DJ Cleo to grow in your style", says judge DJ Elly Chuva.

In the next 5 or 10 years, DJ Cleo hopes to be nationally recognized, internationalize her career, and become a reference for other women who dream of being DJs in Angola. "I hope this is a big step in the right direction for female empowerment as we see and hear more diverse voices in the DJ world," says DJ Leo Cris.

"The Smirnoff DJ Search, is Smirnoff's biggest project so far in Angola to empower women to become international voices, in a competitive and male-dominated industry. The initiative started a trend, which will be repeated annually, and multiplied in other projects", said Smirnoff Angola Brand Manager, Inês Pascoal. "More recently, female DJs have been breaking into the international dance scene and we hope that next year there will be more entrants with amazing stories to tell," she adds.

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