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The Booth: DJ Fosta Shares The Essence of His Sets

DJ Fosta The Booth Connect ZA Darkstar
photo by Max Mogale

DJ Fosta aka Thulani Headman is one of the biggest and most seasoned names to have emerged from the prolific Langa music landscape of late. Not only is he known for his music and the ability to have a crowd absolutely wrapped around his finger, but he also co-founded and runs his own label called 021 Records which signs young up-and-coming artists in Langa with a focus on house, hip hop and kwaito.

One of the highlights of his career – at least from a fan’s point of view – would definitely be his booking for Glastonbury in 2014. He and fellow Langa-local Thibo Tazz were the musicians selected as part of a cultural exchange collaboration between Bridges For Music, British Council’s Connect ZA and the Department of Arts and Culture. While at the festival, they both joined Skrillex for a secret set at The Rabbit Hole stage which is popular for its culture of unannounced performances by various big artists from the festival’s lineup.

Catch DJ Fosta this weekend playing alongside UK electronic duo Darkstar, and two of Cape Town’s supreme #futurekwaito bass music proponents, Maramza and Dunn Kidda at The Assembly on Sunday, as part of another fantastic exchange project made possible through British Council’s Connect ZA programs, alongside the Encounters Documentary Film Festival.

We all want to know exactly what our favourite musicians are bumping, to get a sense of where the magic (partly) comes from. The Booth is a taste of all that. DJ Fosta has shared with us 5 tracks that he’s into, in no particular order:

SkullMan – ‘End Of The Month’

This song reminds me why I get up every day and work hard, the lyrical content on the song shows how a responsible man does every end of the month & I’m sure all the hustlers will agree with me it’s the best song to listen to & enjoy after a long productive month.

Sir Vincent feat. Lauren – ‘Nirvana’

There is something about this joint that keeps me attached to it. It might be the fact that I personally am still searching for the special lady to take me to Nirvana, lol. I just love it.

Boolz – ‘Ekasi’

This is a true representation of where I come from and this song truly shows that where ever you from, if you believe in what you want one day, you will get it, and reminds you that you shouldn’t be ashamed of where you come from, but be proud. A true inspiration for me especially coming from eKASI which means ‘my hood’.

Mizz ft. Mpumi – ‘Kuwe’

I just love the vocalist’s style of singing especially on this song she has filled it with the cherry on top, Mizz being one of the best producers Cape Town has to offer he has a unique sound that keeps me moving every time I play it.

DJ Kent ft. The Arrows – ‘Spin My World Around’ (Touch Narcotics EDM mix)

I’m always interested in how songs will be remixed or rearranged once they hit the airwaves, and I must say I’m impressed with what has been done on this song from a house version to an EDM mix by Touch Narcotics. This guy always surprises me with his remixes and changes of genres. I’m also honoured to know that he is one of the producers I’ve inspired with my work, as I now listen to what he does. I am the one being inspired now.

Cath DJ Fosta dropping these tracks and more at the Darkstar (UK) show at The Assembly, Cape Town, brought to us by Encounters Documentary Film Festival and British Council Connect ZA.

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