Themba Marabi Mokoe, also known by his many stage names DJ Maphorisa, Madumane and Porry, is still gigging and having the time of his life in Cape Town. Amapiano singer Focalistic shared video footage of Porry crushing weed on a $100 bill. In South African currency, $100 is worth ~ R1500, enough to buy a full tank of petrol or some groceries. Maphorisa is living large.
Porry does not drive, eat, drink or wear cheap. He owns a fleet of cars that include a G-Wagon, a four-pipe BMW and many more cars, and he resides in an estate. He’s always drenched in his favourite brand Gucci, if it’s not Gucci, then it’s Louis Vuitton, and sometimes it’s both with a touch of Balenciaga.
How did Maphorisa get his wealth?
The trick in Maphorisa’s success is constant reinvention. Porry is a self-made man. He started with virtually nothing but a computer and some studio equipment as a teenager and managed to build himself a musical empire. He worked his way up from the mid-2000s, producing songs for artists like the Durban Kwaito artist Professor. He worked alongside many Durban artists and slowly created a reputation for himself.
Looking at the people he previously worked with, Maphorisa is still relevant due to his skill of adapting. When hip hop was a profitable genre, he produced music for Kwesta and many more. When Gqom was the current sound, he became a Gqom producer and worked alongside Busiswa, Moonchild Sanelly and many more. When amapiano was the trendiest genre, he partnered with Kabza the Small to make fire hits.
How does he make his money?
In August 2021, LAWDporry said his booking fee was R65 000 for performance. Mind you; this is a man who can have 4 to 7 gigs in a single week. His music gets streamed on digital platforms, and he’s still receiving royalties from his international features with artists like Major Lazer.
Watch Maphorisa use 100 US Dollar Note to crush weed