Doja Cat (Amalaratna Zandile Dlamini) is an American rapper and songwriter, who rose to internet fame after releasing the song Mooo! The song catapulted her to superstardom and defined Cat’s style. Like many current stars, Doja launched her career on SoundCloud. In 2014, she signed with RCA Records and released a series of singles including Go to Town and So High.
Cat released her first studio album, Amala, in 2018, and a year later, she released her second studio album Hot Pink. The song Say So was the most popular record on the album, and it peaked at number 16 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Doja Cat has many musical influences, and among them is her mom. This piece will provide the details about Doja’s celebrity dad and her supportive mom.
Doja’s dad was slammed on social media for being absent in Doja’s life
Doja’s father, Dumisani, is a famous South African singer, producer, and actor. He met Doja’s mother during his time in the US, and they had two children. Dumisani claims that he left the USA because he was homesick, and wanted to return to South Africa.
He further claims that he wanted to move with the family, but it didn’t work out. Dumisani is famous for playing Crocodile in the film Sarafina and Chester in the show Yizo Yizo. He also played parts in Stander, Operation Delta Force, and Drum. Dumisani seems to be quite proud of his daughter, and he comments a lot on her social media posts. He talked about Doja in an interview with TshisaLive:
“Beautiful girl [who goes by] the name Doja Cat, she’s singing with Nicki Minaj. If you google you will see, it’s D. O. J. A. C. A. T, she’s one of the best singers now in America. That’s my daughter.”
Dumisani lavishes a lot of praise and attention on Doja, but must social media users see it as a desperate attempt to re-enter Doja’s life now that she is famous. Doja thinks that it’s a bit weird that Dumisani actively comments on her posts, but she doesn’t hold any grudges against him. She thinks that she inherited her talent from Dumisani. Doja told XXL:
“God bless him. He’s so talented. If I get any ounce of anything of talent and dancing, it’s from him.”
Doja’s mom inspired her musical style
Doja was raised by her mom, Deborah Elizabeth, and she drew her musical style from the songs her mom used to play. According to Doja, Deborah loved hip-hop, and it was surprising to her because her mom was white. Doja stated in episode 31 of The Hotbox:
“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…”
Deborah was also a painter, and it helped inspire Doja’s creativity. Doja knows that she has siblings scattered across various cities, but she is appreciative of the small family unit she grew up around. She told The Fader:
“It’s always great to have both of your parents in your life and all of your brothers and sisters and everybody loves each other, but like, shit isn’t like that sometimes.”
Doja told Dazed that she has both of her parents to thank for her success:
“My mom was a painter and loves to sing behind closed doors. My father is a South African actor who danced in Broadway musicals for Lion King. I took a little bit of everything from both of them.”