Doja Cat, the Grammy-winning singer and rapper, is known for her eclectic sound and her unapologetic personality. But one question that has often been asked about her is: is she part African?
The answer to that question is yes. Doja Cat’s father, Dumisani Dlamini, is a South African native of Zulu ethnicity. Her mother, Deborah Elizabeth Sawyer, is of mixed Jewish and white descent. This makes Doja Cat biracial, with both African and European ancestry.
Doja Cat has spoken openly about her African heritage in the past. In a 2019 interview with Dazed magazine, she said that she is “very proud” of her South African roots. She also said that she feels a connection to the Zulu culture, and that she has learned a lot about it from her father.
However, Doja Cat has also said that she doesn’t like to be pigeonholed into any one identity. She has said that she is “not just a black artist” or “just a white artist.” She is simply an artist who happens to be biracial.
The views of others on Doja Cat’s identity have been mixed. Some people have praised her for being open about her African heritage. Others have criticized her for not being “black enough.”
Ultimately, it is up to Doja Cat to decide how she identifies herself. She has said that she is “proud” of her African heritage, but she also doesn’t like to be pigeonholed. She is simply an artist who happens to be biracial.