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The Booth: Fela Gucci Serves Us Eclectic Realness

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This month we catch up with Fela Gucci, one half of artist and producer duo FAKA and organiser of Joburg-based party Cunty Power.

With FAKA’s earliest releases, they brilliantly described their sound as “afro mink luxury dove soap bar lamentation”, “post gospel pain” and “phallic chino sweat drop.” The duo have since gone on to feature on Angel-Ho co-founded NON Worldwide’s Compilation Volume 1 , joined DJ Lag on the line-up for Unsound Festival in Poland in October last year, and released their latest track ‘Uyang’khumbula’ in May. Here, they “headed further down the path towards outright danceability. The production eschews the drone elements [of earlier releases] entirely and takes the N3 to Durban with a perfect and modern GQOM romp.” As if that wasn’t enough, the duo released the brilliant video for the track in June.

This week, Fela is in Cape Town working alongside friend Lwazi Mzimase to bring Cunty Power to the Mother City. The event will take place tonight at Zer021 Social Club in Zonnebloem and will play host to DJs Queezy and K-$ alongside Fela.

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. This edition investigates Fela Gucci’s playlist, sharing 5 tracks that they’re into, in no particular order:

Larry Heard – ‘Praise’

Larry Heard is one of the pioneers of house music. His music makes me feel nostalgic of weekends in summer spent at my mom’s house in the early 90s in Katlehong while my mom, aunts and uncles sat in the garden drinking whiskey dressed in fake designer clothing playing songs by him. He and Frankie Knuckles both inspired my love for house music. Compared to the early house music that came out of Chicago in the early 80s/90s, Larry’s sound was more jazz-influenced and I think inspired people like Masters at Work and Jazzanova. This song is so dreamy and I love the vocalist’s style of singing.

Angel-Ho – ‘Obeisance’

I’m so blessed to call Angel-Ho, my sister. They are so incredibly talented. I’ve never told them this but this is my favourite song by them.

Dj Prie Nkosazana – ‘Washa gqom’

Dj Prie Nkosazana is one of the only femme gqom producers I know, which is really unfortunate because I’m sure there are more. In the song she says “when I hear a womxn gqom dj play, I just wanna wile out” which I think explores the lack of representation and visibility of femme gqom djs and producers in an industry that is dominated by cisgender men when there are actually a wide spectrum of people who contribute to gqom music and culture.


Nkisi – ‘XXX’

Nkisi is another one of my favourite producers. I was introduced to her through NON Records. One night I was going through Soundcloud looking to discover new music and I bumped into this track. I couldn’t stop playing it over and over again. She says the track was inspired by the notion of resilience and overcoming and I really connect with that.

Mechatok – ‘Day lite’

Mechatok is part of a collective of producers and DJs called STAYCORE based in Europe. I first heard this track being played by Mobilegirl who’s also part of STAYCORE at a party in Berlin. I remember thinking ‘omg what is this track!’ only to later on find it on Soundcloud under their Erelitha compilation. I love Mechatok’s dreamy soundscapes.

If you’re lucky enough to be in Cape Town, don’t you dare miss Cunty Power tonight. In the meantime, have a listen to FAKA’s EP Bottom’s Revenge and watch Fela serve us gqom magic realness in the video for ‘Uyang’khumbula’ below:

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