My musical explorations began while I was growing up in Cape Town, South Africa, during the late 80s and early 90s. Apartheid was coming to an end and the country was readying itself for a newfound freedom. “Amandla, Awethu” literally means “the power is ours” and is a chant I recall very well, mixed in with all the politically-charged sounds of the time, spanning Cape Jazz, Afro-Synth, Bubblegum, Chicago House, Kwaito and even Motown. These genres have had a massive influence on my life and on musical taste. My father was also a DJ and a keen record collector, and he would regularly play at parties, clubs and family gatherings. Music was a crucial way of bringing people and communities together and it’s what I hope to achieve with this compilation, too. With this selection, I want to showcase the sounds from the past that hugely influenced later generations and continue to connect people around the world. It’s an insight into my ever-evolving musical adventure, the people I’ve met along the way, and why these powerful sounds still resonate today.
Amandla: Music To The People (Soundway)
2018 - 2019
“Amandla, Awethu” literally means “the power is ours” and is a chant I recall very well, mixed in with all the politically-charged sounds of the time, spanning Cape Jazz, Afro-Synth, Bubblegum, Chicago House, Kwaito and even Motown."
It has always been a dream of mine to carefully craft a compilation of the tracks that hold a truly special place in my record box. Not only have these songs featured heavily in my DJ sets around the world, they have also helped me through challenging times and connected me with many wonderfully talented people over the years. Most of these tracks stem from South Africa, where I’ve discovered both legacy artists, who were at the forefront of pioneering musical shifts, and contemporary musicians who are shaping the country’s latest sounds. Yet this journey also connects that part of my music identity to my other sonic revelations around the world, including my projects with Santuri Safari in East Africa, digging Afro-Brazilian gems in Rio and the sounds of the French Antilles and Guadeloupe.