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The Booth: DJ Lag

Fans, casual listeners and critics aren’t the only consumers of music. Every fortnight, we ask a prominent or exciting local artist to share five tracks that are currently on rotation on their boombox/diskman/Zune – oldies, latest hits, oddities and obscurities.

Welcome to The Booth.

DJ Lag is one of the pioneers of the Gqom sound (tidal) wave which is spreading thick and fast through the country and into a handful of UK/EU electronic releases this year already. Hailing from Kwadabeka Clermont in Kwa-Zulu Natal, Lag is striving for nothing less than to change the world. We certainly hope this is what happens; and that his undying love for Gqom shuffles him along, every step of the way.

If you’re in Cape Town you can catch him tomorrow night at EVOL for a GQOM INVASION. And who knows, maybe he’ll stick around for the weekend…

He’s also part of the first wav of artists announced for next year’s CTEMF, and we couldn’t be happier!

Here are his 5 tracks of the moment, in no particular order:

1 | Da Soul Boyz ‘Based On The Drum (Tributal Mix)’

This is a sgubhu track that I can most certainly start my set with. It represents the soft side of me.

2 | Distruction Boyz ‘8 Hands (Original Mix)’
It reminds me of where I had my first set. It is a place called Uhuru where people come to lose themselves. It is a hardcore BANG platform for up-and-coming DJs and also producers to test their hits on the crowd. It is where craziness happens. UHURU – CLERMONT, our underground.

3 | Rudeboyz (Andile-T) ‘Mak’dlala lenumber (Rude Remix)’
This track that kind that I can build up my wild set on and obviously go trance with the crowd.


4 | Projekt Junkies ‘Solem Choir (Tribute to KingIce Naked Boys)’
With this one based on its title I will say it reminds me of the first time I saw choral and opera performance on TV. That was a very long time ago. I almost get drawn into that kind of sound because of what opera can sometimes be very chaotic and yet send a message of life or love. But I guess Gqom was still building in me and here I am.

5 | MusiQ Code ‘Tribute To Xoh (DSB)’

!Special edition section!

To celebrate DJ Lag’s performance at EVOL tomorrow night, we have decided to include an extra track – one of his favourites of his own tracks:

DJ Lag ft. Amashayangoma – Nay’nkinga
This one is close to my heart because the guys that are flowing on this track are my home boys from Kwadabeka Clermont. Watch this space because they are coming hard. They are called AMASHAYANGOMA – a known Clermont hip hop underground group in Durban.

Closing thoughts from Lag:

“I also want to add that rap is also my kind of music and Smiso (Okmalumkoolkat) is my favourite MC because he was the first to flow on a Gqom beat and hit a home run. I mean he is literally the first person to rap on a Gqom beat and (he’s) killing it foreal! I would like to say to everyone who has listened to my top 5 that I am humbled by your undying support. I would like to create a real revolution all over the world and let everyone know that the UNDERGROUND IS ALIVE, because me and my business partner, Coordinator Khura Mefane, we believe that, through music, we can change lives and build the spirit of togetherness in pursuit of building our beloved country.”

For even more info and context, check out Chris Kets & Black Major‘s short doccie via Boiler Room

feature photograph by Chris Kets

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