60-Year-Old to Open Massive Dance Festival in Honour of Her Son!
Photo Cred: Joy Steffens

This inspirational 60-Year-Old was just asked to open one of the biggest dance festivals in South Africa!


Johannesburg, South Africa (21 August 2022) – Joy Steffens captured South Africa’s hearts during lockdown when we first heard about her story and how she became a DJ at 60 years old in honour of her son, who tragically passed away.

And now “Mammabear” Joy has been asked to open the main stage of one of the biggest dance festivals in South Africa in honour of her son.

Dylan was only 22 years old when he passed away from cancer six years ago, on the 24th of June 2016, but he loved house music and always dreamed of being a DJ. His passing was tragic and heartbreaking, but this incredible mom realised she could keep him and their love alive through music.

So Joy – who was perfectly named at birth – decided to make his dream come true by going to DJ school, and at the age of 60 can now mix house music better than most.

“I just have wobbles in my tummy as I miss him so much, and he was such a gorgeous looking boy and made my heart so happy. I want to continue learning how to deejay so that I can let him smile up in heaven.”

Joy has been DJing for a few years and has been featured on Pioneer, 5fm, DJ Mag and will now open the main stage at one of the biggest dance festivals in South Africa!

Known for its spectacular production, mind-blowing staging & sound rigs and show-stopping performers, every H2O event is a world-class production showcasing no less than 50 of South Africa’s finest DJs and live acts across six separate dance arenas.

The first H2O took place 22 years ago and over the years has featured DJ Fresh, Roger Goode, Black Coffee, Protoculture, Euphonik, Lady Lea, Dean Fuel, Ryan Dent, Ricardo da Costa, Roger D’lux, Mark Stent, Vimo, as well as live performances by TIMO ODV, Goodluck, Goldfish, Flash Republic and Iridium Project.

And this year, the Dance Festival will be opening with Joy, spending some time with something Dylan would have loved.

We see you Joy, and we see your beautiful son too. This is love.

Watch her in action below:

And get tickets to H2O by clicking here.

Sources: Joy Steffens | H2O 
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