From powerhouse performers to international DJs - captivating dancers to visionary hosts, women are leaving an indelible mark on the world of music, shaping its sound, its culture, and its future.

From underground clubs to international stages, we’re championing the voices, the beats, and the indomitable influence of women in music. Join us as we spotlight three dynamic artists celebrated at the upcoming Girls I Rate Presents: Step In’s Future Amapiano UK event, whose collective presence heralds a bold foray into music’s ongoing narrative. Through their artistry they not only entertain but also inspire, challenge, and spark conversations. As emissaries of change, they embody the ethos of the Girls I Rate collective, amplifying female voices in music.


Joining forces with the trailblazing Girls I Rate and Kindred, our International Women’s Day event will be the perfect party for Amapiano lovers, featuring all three of our digital cover stars. On top of celebrating women in music and the creative industries with Step In, the night will also see the launch of GIR Records, the collective’s new label which focuses on providing a platform for female artists. With Captain Lulaz hosting, Skyla Tylaa on the DJ decks, and GIR Records first signing NQOBILÉ taking the stage to perform her debut single, it’s going to be a must-attend event.

Find out more about Girls I Rate Presents ‘Step In’s Future Amapiano UK’ online here and get tickets here.

Captain Lulaz

Captain Lulaz is building a name for herself with her unique brand of unparalleled energy and enthusiasm. Both a dancer and a storyteller, Captain Lulaz stays steady lighting up the nights with her performances – from her electrifying performances at parties and events to her role as host and emcee, nightlife sensation offers a glimpse into the world of entertainment through her eyes. 

How would you describe yourself and your work in three words?

Fun, challenging, work-out.

As a dancer and host, how do you balance spontaneity with intentionality in your performances to keep audiences engaged?

Every event and every crowd will always be different. I focus mostly on being present and being in the moment. Reading the crowd and the moments allows me to flow better with being spontaneous and intentional simultaneously. My intentionality is preplanned. That’s something practised before the events. I mentally prepare myself to know what I want to achieve when I’m at the event. Mixing my preparation and being present in the moment is how I achieve intentionality and spontaneity.

What’s the secret ingredient to an event that everyone remembers?

The secret ingredient for me is having fun. Energy is felt and whoever is performing is letting out energy to the audience. Have fun first and that energy will be transferred to the people around you.

What is one track that you find always gets the crowd hyped?

For me it depends on which crowd I’m working with, however, I think ‘Iy’ntsimbi zase envy’ by Reece Madlisa and Zuma is one that can excite the crowd. I also think Adiwele by Young Stunna is an all-time classic amapiano hit. However, there are too many songs to consider.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced in industry, and how did you overcome it?

As a female in the industry, I struggled to gain respect and be equally respected like a man would be. Some men feel entitled and superior to female talents and that is sometimes difficult. Therefore, at some point I had to learn how to stand my ground regarding the worth of my craft and the respect I deserve. It’s getting better now, especially having a manager deal with more of the interactions for me but it still can be a challenge.

If you could work or perform with any artist, who would it be and why?

In the amapiano scene, I’ve always wanted to work with Uncle Waffles since she became a worldwide DJ. I’ve always been a fan as she really pushed Amapiano to the world, literally. Outside of the amapiano scene, I’d love to perform with Rihanna any day and any time. She’s just an icon.

Do you have any favourite artists within the Amapiano or general music scene at large?

My favourite artists in the Amapiano scene would be Mellow and Sleazy. I don’t know if they count as artists or just producers. But they produce my favourite type of Amapiano.

What are you looking forward to the most for the Girls I Rate Presents: Step In’s Future Amapiano UK event on March 8th?

I’m looking forward to a good night with amazing female DJs and overall just to celebrate women’s power.

What can we expect from your performances?

Just good vibes, high energy. It’s really all about having fun so that’s what I aim for people to do.

How do you see Amapiano continuing to influence the global music scene, and how does it inspire your own work?

Amapiano is bringing a fresh sound, especially in the African music scene. South Africa is one of the very few African countries that have music heavily influenced by House music. That being said, I do think Amapiano is gonna spread more house-influenced music around the world, especially in the African music scene.

What is your ultimate goal?

Honestly speaking, I struggle answering that question. I’m just enjoying the process and this journey. The sky is the limit. And even that, the sky feels limiting. So I’m just doing my best, enjoying the process and seeing where that will lead me.

Do you have favourite city to perform in?

I’d say London and Amsterdam definitely.

Which women in the industry have inspired you?

Kamo Mphela inspired me. She started off as a host and became such a great artist and entertainer. I definitely look up to her. I also just know a lot of talented women that inspire me on a daily basis with everything they’re accomplishing.

Whose wardrobe would you like to raid?

Definitely Tyla’s, Eva Apio, Macc Gee and Musa Keys (I’m sure I can fit in men’s clothing).

What’s next for you?

Continue pushing amapiano everywhere. Maybe also tap into music and go to more studio sessions. Overall, finding new ways to express my creativity in the most enjoyable ways possible.


From dance floors to centre stage, Nqobilé is not just a dancer; she’s a force to be reckoned with, a powerhouse performer who commands the stage with grace and precision. From her early days as a member of the award-winning international dance trio CEO Dancers to her recent choreography for KENZO at Paris Fashion Week, Nqobilé’s journey is a testament to her talent and dedication.

The multi-hyphenate artist has been navigating the entertainment industry in more ways than one, from touring with Drake to gracing the covers of Vogue and ELLE South Africa. With insights into her passion for dance, her collaborations with some of music’s biggest names, and her role in Girls I Rate Presents: Step In’s Future Amapiano UK event, Nqobilé offers a glimpse into the life of a true creative visionary.

How would you describe yourself and your work in three words?

Dynamic, Versatile, Authentic.

As someone who has worked with various artists and performed on global stages, what advice would you give to aspiring dancers and entertainers looking to break into the industry?

Embrace your unique style as a dancer or entertainer and fully dive into it. When I first entered the industry, I became known as the dancer with vibrant hair colors and my signature move, ‘the dip’ – famously dubbed ‘the shablam’. This became my trademark every time I performed, making me stand out at auditions and shows. Since 2009, I’ve utilized social media platforms from Facebook, YouTube to Instagram, and now TikTok, to showcase my talent. I used to post consistently and authentically, which led to my ‘discovery’ and most of my major opportunities. This included choreographing for Kenzo at Paris Fashion Week, receiving invitations to Britain’s Got Talent live auditions, and being chosen as one of Drake’s four dancers on tour. My breakthrough came through social media, which remains the most potent tool for all creatives, especially in today’s landscape. Maintaining consistency on social media is crucial, and I’m discovering how to incorporate this into my personal journey since transitioning from dancer to artist.

What is your most memorable collaboration, or artist you have worked for, in your career so far?

In 2016, Rihanna marked a golden year for my dance career. I distinctly recall during interviews with my dance group, we were often asked about dream collaborations, and names like Beyoncé, Rihanna, Drake, and Kanye always topped our list. Interestingly, that very year, I manifested opportunities to meet and work with all of them, except for Beyoncé. It was a time when my faith was unwavering, and I witnessed firsthand that nothing is beyond my reach. I came to understand that I can accomplish anything!

What’s the secret ingredient to a memorable performance?

Energy! Energy is a constant theme in feedback after each performance. Whether I’m with my dancers and DJ or performing solo, my delivery and stage presence remain consistent. Every show is an opportunity to provide the audience with the Nqobilé experience.

What is one track that always gets the crowd hyped when you perform?

My debut single, ‘Look At Her’ (LAH), is an infectious, feel-good track that simply makes you want to get up and dance as soon as you hear it. Haha

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced in the industry, and how did you overcome it?

Facing compromising situations early in my career while dancing for a male artist, I encountered missed opportunities for not succumbing to their advances. This led to a period of no work and a struggle with depression. Fortunately, I received invaluable support and guidance from mentors who helped me regain my mental health and refocus my career.

If you could dance, perform or work with any artist, who would it be and why?

Working with Cardi B would be a blast. I had the pleasure of meeting her at the Mobos in 2017, and we clicked due to our similar personalities. She’s certainly one of my dream collaborations.

Do you have any favourite artists within the Amapiano scene?

I have a genuine appreciation for all the women making waves in the Amapiano genre; they are absolutely killing it and serving as a huge inspiration for artists like myself in the diaspora.

What are you looking forward to the most for the Girls I Rate Presents: Step In’s Future Amapiano UK event on March 8th? What can attendees expect from your performances?

I’m really excited about performing my latest track ‘Step In’. It’s been two years since I last released new music, so I’m eagerly anticipating the crowd’s reaction to the song. One thing I know for sure, even if you’re not a dancer, you’ll find yourself moving and having a good time during my performance—my music has that effect on you, haha! Plus, the DJ lineup is incredible, featuring the hottest female UK Amapiano DJs. I can’t wait to witness their sets live.

How do you see Amapiano continuing to influence the global music scene, and how does it inspire your own work?

With Amapiano venturing into sub-genres and my music aligning with Pop Amapiano, I foresee a global dominance with endless potential for the genre. The achievement of South African talents like Tyla, bringing a Grammy back home, is truly motivating. The possibilities are limitless.

What is your ultimate career and/or personal goal?

My career aspiration extends beyond being a globally recognized music artist. I aim to become a cultural icon, with my brand reaching across boundaries of dance, music, fashion, television, and film, attracting a global audience. On a personal level, achieving financial freedom is a major goal. I dream of creating opportunities for the less privileged in my community and providing full support to the ‘Fighting Against Poverty Association’, a non-profit organization founded by my mother in Eswatini.

Do you have favourite city to perform in?

Houston, Texas holds a special place in my heart as one of my favourite cities to perform in. The warm southern hospitality and overall energy of the city always resonate with me. Performing at SXSW in Houston is definitely on my list of goals.

Which women in the industry have inspired you?

I hold immense respect for women whose journeys I can truly resonate and connect with. From Cardi B’s rise from ‘Love and Hip Hop’ to becoming a global superstar, to Uncle Waffles’ journey from being a presenter on Jelele to becoming an international treasure—these women truly inspire me. We’ve all witnessed their careers unfold before our eyes, and I can’t help but draw inspiration from their paths.

Whose wardrobe would you like to raid?

Rihanna has consistently challenged boundaries, and I admire her playful approach to fashion and style.

What’s next for you?

As mentioned earlier, it has been 2 years since my last music release, and my goal is to establish consistency as an artist. This year, I plan to successfully release at least 4 singles followed by a full body of work. While some still know me primarily as a dancer, my aim is for my music to gain traction, be recognized, and for me to earn respect as an artist within the music industry.

Skyla Tylaa

Blending genres and cultures and creating electrifying experiences on the dance floor, Skyla Tylaa is setting the stage ablaze with infectious beats. With her Scream Tour captivating audiences across Europe and America, Skyla’s musical passion knows no bounds. From headlining prestigious events to curating unforgettable sets, she’s a notable force in the world of electronic music. From her explosive performances at Men’s Fashion Week in Paris to her upcoming appearance at Girls I Rate Presents: Step In’s Future Amapiano UK event, Skyla Tylaa proves that she’s not just a DJ – she’s a musical phenomenon setting up her stage for global stardom.

How would you describe yourself and your work in three words?

I would say energetic, crazy, and cool.

Skyla your Scream Tour has been making waves across Europe and America. Can you share a memorable moment or highlight from one of your tour stops?

In Stockholm, the whole crowd was really interactive. In addition to dancing, they were also clapping and cheering me on, especially when I was transitioning songs! I loved it!

What is your most memorable collaboration in your career so far?

Opening up for Wizkid at Madison Square Garden! I’ll never forget that.

What’s the secret ingredient to a set that everyone remembers?

My remixes! I have loads of fun mashups of popular songs and sounds on Amapiano instrumentals. People really enjoy it. I love people’s reactions live when I’m on set.

Name one track that always gets the crowd hyped during your sets?

‘Sengizwile’ by Mas Musiq! My energy and the energy in the party instantly goes up! The song just has a feeling that takes control.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced in industry, and how did you overcome it?

In the beginning of my journey, I felt many in the Amapiano space either doubted me or didn’t take me seriously because I’m a female dj from the UK. However, I never doubted myself and I showed out every time I performed. Now, they love me!

If you could work with any artist, who would it be and why?

YG Marley! His vocals are out of this world!

Do you have any favourite artists within the Amapiano scene?

Currently Zee Nxumola and Tyla! Oh and definitely Kelvin Momo & DJ Maphorisa!

What are you looking forward to the most for the Girls I Rate Presents: Step In’s Future Amapiano UK event on March 8th? What can attendees expect from your performances?

Nqobilé’s performance! I can’t wait to hear all the music she’s been making!! I’m too excited! As for my performance, you can expect exclusives…. Haha, no Shazam! It’ll be fun. I’m gonna make sure we all have a good time!

How do you see Amapiano continuing to influence the global music scene, and how does it inspire your own work?

Amapiano is becoming a truly global sound. It’s a type of music that will move your feet even if you don’t know the song or even understand the lyrics.

What is your ultimate career goal?

An ultimate career goal of mine is to perform at Tomorrowland!

Do you have favourite city to perform in?

I love DC! I love my DC family. They show me so much love and they really appreciate the Amapiano sound. Performing there is always fun!

Any women in industry who have inspired you?

In the Amapiano scene, DBN Gogo and Uncle Waffles are big inspirations! In the industry at large, I look up to Riri (Rihanna)!

Whose wardrobe would you like to raid?


What’s next for you?

I’m having my first event in London on 4th May 2024! It’s gonna be special!

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