Doja Cat

10/21/2019 – Doja Cat – Tidal’s 5th Annual TIDAL X Benefit Concert – Arrivals – Barclays Center – New York City, NY, USA -Photo Credit: PZ New York City Photography /

Birth Name: Amalaratna Zandile Dlamini

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: October 21, 1995

*Zulu South African (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish, possibly other (mother)

Doja Cat is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer. Doja’s middle name, Zandile (zuh-ndee-lè), is a Zulu name meaning “they have multiplied.”

Her father, Dumisani Dlamini (Dumisani Wiseman Dlamini), is a black South African actor, composer, dancer, and film producer. He is from Durban, and is of Zulu background. He co-starred in the film Sarafina! (1992).

Her mother, Deborah Elizabeth Sawyer, is a white American artist.

Doja Cat has said:

I’m Jewish, my grandma’s Jewish, she’s white, and she was never exposed to music like that until she started meeting people and was like, wow I really love this. Once she had me, she would play a lot of Erykah Badu, a lot of Fugees, and Jamiroquai and Seal, Earth, Wind, & Fire, Alice Coltrane, a lot of stuff like that…

It is not clear if Doja Cat’s maternal grandfather is Jewish, as well.

Doja Cat was raised partly in Rye, New York, and then in Oak Park, California.

6 Responses

  1. malina30 says:

    Just gotta say I love her new song with the weeknd!!!!

  2. Akwaba says:

    Her father abandoned her and her family, this is why she has huge identity issues

  3. SLH says:

    Favors singer Tinashe, who is half Zimbabwean.

  4. ZA says:

    Her father is actually from Durban, South Africa. He is an actor, dancer and producer from the Zulu tribe, currently acting on a popular Zulu drama, isibaya, in South Africa. Her Zulu name, Zandile(Zuh-ndee-lè), is a popular Zulu name meaning: they have multiplied.

  5. Oaken05 says:

    Here father is presumably of Swazi ancestry, as Dlamini is a common Swai surname:

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