Bongani Zakusa started his music career singing kwaito back in 1997. While doing kwaito, Bongani also found time to organise talent shows, beauty contests and to coordinate events. As that was not enough for the ambitious young producer, he soon found himself not only coordinating events but Djing at events as well, working alongside Djs like Black Coffee, Culoe De Song, Mahoota vs Vetkook, Oskido, Cndo, Twitty, Dj Fisherman, Gukwa, Clock, Kent, Terrence, Mono T, QT and the list is almost endless. At this stage Bongani was now known as Dj 101.
The year 2000 saw Dj 101 entering the Club Scene and establishing himself as a consistent performer, becoming a resident Dj at major clubs like Club Night Shift, Vibe, 80s and Blue Bar in Margate. As Dj 101’s popularity grew so did his fun base and events. He was soon co-ordinating event for The South Coast Municipal, and with SAB, Smirnoff, Love Life and the Ugu Jazz festival.