Johannesburg – The DJ expertly mixes up the recorded music on the turntable and scratches the vinyl record to create a more funky sound.

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Parents Glen and Refilwe Hlongwane video their two-year-old son, Arch Junior, as he plays some hits at their home in Klipspruit, Soweto. Picture: Paballo Thekiso 

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But this is no ordinary DJ – he is two years old.

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Now Glen Hlongwane and his wife Refilwe are inundated with calls from around South Africa from people asking for their young son, AJ, to attend their parties.

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He goes by the name of Arch Junior and is probably the most talked-about DJ in the country currently.

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And this toddler’s cool swagger and immense skill on the decks has also probably made him the youngest-known DJ in the world.

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His videos have received thousands of views on YouTube and the little man already has more than 4 000 likes on his official Facebook page. He is followed by renowned DJs such as Cleo, Fresh and Merlon on Instagram.

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Though Glen and his wife know that their little son would jump at the opportunity of DJing whenever he can, they have had to turn down the hundreds of requests.

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“We have been taken aback by all the love for AJ. People love him. But he is too young to do gigs.”

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Glen said his son first began DJing when he was just a year old.

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“When he was just a few months old I got him an iPad mini to play around with. I noticed that he loved music so I downloaded a DJ app along with a few of his favourite songs.

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“He was hooked and absolutely loved scratching and playing around with the effects.

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“When he turned a year old, he had a go on my music mixer and I was blown away by what he was doing.

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“He had never seen any DJ videos and I hardly taught him anything. He basically picked it up all by himself. It’s like he was given a natural talent. He has a very good ear for music.”

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Now he has been playing for over a year and his father said that he gets better as each day passes.

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“I think he has mastered his timing towards his music, when to fade out and bring it back while hitting the effect button. He also loves messing around with the bass, turning it on and off, all done with perfect timing as if he has been in the industry forever.

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“Now he is able to switch on his own machines, put CDs in and start DJing, so he has learnt a lot for someone his age.”

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His mom, Refilwe, said her son enjoys a variety of music, but his favourite is upbeat house music.

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“He just loves the bass in house music. All the music has to be upbeat,” she said.

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Arch junior has impressed so much that Boston Media House has offered the toddler a bursary to study the Soul Candi 101 course.

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“We met with Boston Media House and they were really impressed with AJ. They immediately offered him a bursary to study the Soul Candi 101 course which runs for two months. They said AJ could come in whenever he is free to improve his DJ skills.”

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The two-year-old has also become something of celebrity in the community of Klipspruit, Soweto, where he lives.

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“As soon as his DJ kit is set up outside, the entire neighbourhood comes to the house to watch AJ play. It got so crazy on one occasion that we needed security at our house gate because the crowd was getting bigger and bigger,” said Glen.

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Arch Junior doesn’t mind the attention at all, his folks said.

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“I’m actually worried that he enjoys it as much as he does,” his mom said, with a laugh.

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“He is not the slightest bit shy and relishes playing in front of big crowds,” she said.

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He also gives his crowd entertainment while DJing by dancing and swaying.

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“I don’t know where he learnt those slick moves. He hasn’t watched music videos so I have no clue where he picked it up,” he said.

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His parents said that their only son also loves watching videos of himself DJing.

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“The first time he saw himself on video he was very impressed and kept saying ‘yoh, yoh, yoh’.

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“We ask him who his favourite DJ is and he tells us that it’s Arch Junior. He just loves himself and his tunes.”

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But despite this newfound fame, his parents said they have no idea what the future holds for their son.

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“He is only two. He could easily change his passion when he gets older. He may want to become a soccer player or something like that,” said Refilwe.

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She added: “When he starts school his education will become the most important thing and his DJing will have to take a back seat.”

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Saturday Star