Month: April 2018

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DJ LAG - THE KING IS IN THE BUILDING

Real Name - Lwazi Asanda Gwala

 

Country - Durban, South Africa

 

Music Style - Gqom

 

Why is he important?

If you’ve been caught up in the feverish energy of the gqom explosion over the last two years, DJ Lag is probably the man you have to thank. Taking the uniquely Durban sound to the international stage via an appearance on Boiler Room, Lag also caught the attention of London-based label Goon Club All Star who released his EP in 2017 to wide acclaim. Recently his self-released EP 'Trip To New York' achieved notoriety in the press over claims that it had been copied by another artist, but this only served to cement Lag’s reputation as the undisputed king of gqom.

 

Why have we booked him?

There are certain artists who exude passion and an infectious star quality when they play and Lag is the epitome of this. One of the young founding fathers of the gqom movement and one of the very few taking the genre to the world, we are massive fans of Lag and can’t wait to watch him shutdown that Outdoor stage.

 

Recommended Tracks/Mixes:

Listen to his self-released EP 'Trip to New York':

https://soundcloud.com/djlaggqomking/sets/dj-lag-trip-to-new-york-full

 


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SUNDAY SERMONS WITH CASSIEM LATIEF & LAWRENCE DIX

Real Names - David Lawrence Dix & Cassiem Latief

 

Country - Cape Town, South Africa

 

Music Style - House

 

Why is are they important?

Collecting the disparate strands of Cape Town’s dance diaspora under one roof every month is no mean feat, but the WeHouseSundays monthly has emerged as the flagship event for the city’s house music culture. This has largely been as a result of the tireless work of Cassiem Latief and Lawrence Dix, who, with partner Leighton Moody have curated an institution that celebrates the inclusivity inherent in the roots of house. Hailing from Cape Town and Johannesburg respectively, and both DJs of reputation and expertise, their knowledge and love of the genre engenders fanatical devotion from their audiences and ensures the respect of the artform is alive and well.

 

Why have we booked them?

Separately Dix and Cassiem are torchbearers of the Cape Town house music and between them they curate spaces like Colourbox and True Music and are the spearheads rebind the We House Sundays movements.

 

Recommended Tracks/Mixes:

Check out Lawrence Dix' mix for WeHouseSundays:

https://soundcloud.com/dix111/lawrence-dix-we-house-sundays-part-2

 

Also listen to Cassiem Latief's resident mix:

https://soundcloud.com/wehousesundays/we-house-sundays-cassiem-latief-part-2

 


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CHEE - THE BASS NAVIGATOR

Real Name - Lesego Chez

 

Country - Pretoria, South Africa

 

Music Style - Drum & Bass

 

Why is he important?

Local bass scientist Chee erupted in 2016 when Dutch label Underslung picked up his Shrodinger EP for release. His sonic innovation quickly caught the attention of prime heads in electronica, and soon a collaboration with Noisia opened doors even further. Chee already boasts an impressive back catalogue for someone of his tender years and with a new release on Division Recordings and support from the likes of Craze, Moody Good and Bassnectar already in the bag, he’s no longer knocking on doors, he’s kicking them in across the planet.

 

Why have we booked him?

Chee’s breakneck beats pop up as staple in the sets of locals and international like CTEMF Alumni Noisia, Ivy Lab and many more meaning he’s one of SA’s heaviest bass exports.

 

Recommended Tracks/Mixes:

 

https://soundcloud.com/wtfischee/sets/eddy-morphine


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AN OFFER YOU CAN’T REFUSE - DA CAPO

Real Name - Nicodimas Sekheta Mogashoa

 

Country - Limpopo, South Africa

 

Music Style - House

 

Why is he important?

Teaching himself the twin disciplines of production and DJing was only the beginning for Nicodimas Sekheta Mogashoa aka Da Capo. With early submissions gaining the ear of Nick Holder and DNH records, the trajectory of this house music auteur was quick and assured. International dates followed and Capo recently released his second album, Indigo Child, to massive acclaim locally and internationally. His deep, spiritual take on house music has become instantly recognizable as he cements his reputation as one of SA’s best exports.

 

Why have we booked him?

As a continuously rising star in one of the strongest house camps in the country, arguably the world, Soulistic’s Da Capo has been impressing us for years.

 

Recommended Tracks/Mixes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=926M0JSxaM4

 


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DEEP CUTS & RARE FINDS AT THE CTEMF MUSIC FAIR

Witness the launch of a brand new experience at Cape Town Electronic Music Festival, the CTEMF Music Fair.

We’ve challenged some of SA’s finest collectors of wax to share their best Electronic releases. Local and international; new and old.

 

Integral to global music culture, the excitement of searching for hidden gems has fuelled the collector’s spirit since the first vinyls were pressed. Get there early to browse in peace and when you’re done, make the most of the extra space on one of our dancefloors.


For a better idea of what will be on display, head over to Roastin’ Records, Voom Voom Music, Positive Spin Records or The Other Records Facebook and Instagram pages.

 

A testament to the unbeatable and nostalgic quality of vinyl, CTEMF Music Fair will take place in the centre of the main Festival from 3 PM - 8 PM on Saturday 07 April,