House and techno music have adapted many formations, revitalizing many different vibrate locations, from the underground tech-house scene in Detroit and the massive house realm still going strong in Chicago. While the genre took form in the Midwest, it now hosts strongholds on both American Coastlines; we wouldn’t be able to strive out west without this culture. Just look at what Dirtybird Records, Sound Nightclub and CRSSD Festival, to name a few, offer up. We also can’t wait for The Cure and the Cause to open its doors. Thanks, Kenny and friends.
As this heartbeat graces other geographical locations, one place in particular is creating strides with incredible new talent and culture within the house and electronic music community: South Africa.
Fact: South Africa today has the biggest house market per capita anywhere in the world. Turning out world-renowned talent like Black Coffee and Euphonix, there’s no question that South Africa is elevating and becoming a staple region for producing house music events. In the coming years, South Africa could roll of house head’s tongues more than Ibiza! In celebration of this movement, and to launch our SoundCloud channel, we put together a playlist—and below, a few words—equipped with the DJ/producers hailing from the Rainbow Nation you need to clock right now.
The impeccable DJ/producer, Black Coffee, who’s quite possibly one of South Africa’s most diverse and recognized acts.
Not a DJ but a permanent part of the house scene is the stunning vocalist, Bucie. In order: Listen to a few of her tracks and then realize she’s the queen of house vocals in South Africa.
CULOE DE SONG
Culolethu Zulu, aka Culoe De Song, hasn’t looked back after putting passion in the forefront of his life. A DJ/Producer, he’s worked with and performed alongside international acts such as Rocco, Manoo, Black Coffee, Vinny Da Vinci and more. He is noted as one of South Africa’s pioneers in the dance music scene.
De Capo is a self-taught DJ/producer who first fell in love with house music at an early age, which enabled him to have a good ear for music and the unmistakable ability to create blazing sounds. If you like getting deep, De Capo is your guy.
DJ/producer and Radio presenter Euphonik is one of the biggest names in South African house. He’s shared stages with Tiesto, Swedish House Mafia, Avicii, Afrojack, Hardwell, Skrillex, Nicky Romero, Deadmau5, Louie Vega and Richie Hawtin. Pow!
The founder of Divas on Decks, Lady Lea is an icon in the local South African music scene. Passionate about making music, she’s been in the music and DJ industry for 17 years.
Pex Africah spun for several years before becoming the powerhouse producer he is today. Sharing stages with Euphonic, Black Coffee and many others, he’s made a name for himself in South African house-scape.
Last but certainly not least is producer and radio mixer, Shimza. Developing his love of music from an early age, Shimza has won many awards and created quite the following in the South African house scene.
*Black Coffee has to DJ with one hand due to a taxi accident that resulted in him losing use of one arm when he was only 12. A shot of passion, anyone?