Kid Fonque has become a vital part of South African electronic music and club culture over the last 20 years in various roles, including DJ, producer, label owner, promoter and more recently, radio presenter. Firmly established as a tastemaker in South Africa, Kid Fonque’s influence can be felt and heard in the music of the many artists he has helped nurture with his role as label manager of Africa’s seminal dance label Soul Candi Records and now his new venture with Jullian Gomes in their new label Stay True Sounds.
In 2011, Kid Fonque launched his long-running monthly night, #2SIDESOFTHEBEAT as a platform to showcase underground music from all genres at the same venue. He handpicks the line-up which has seen esteemed musos like Dego, King Britt, Swindle, Mala, Nightmares On Wax, and Zaki Ibrahim shine alongside local stars like Jullian Gomes, Cuebur, Kenzhero and The Brother Moves On, all on one stage.
In 2014, Kid Fonque moved into the producer’s chair and released his critically acclaimed debut artist album Kid Fonque and Friends and a string of remixes. The past two years have seen him represent Stay True Records with a 2016 back-to-back Boiler Room set with Jullian Gomes, and a 2017 full-length collaboration with UK’s D-Malice under the alias rkls due for release on r2 London. The collab features a rich and varied cast of artists including Kev Brown, Melo B Jones, Sio, John Robinson and many more.
He’ll be on at Rocking The Daisies on Friday 6 October.
Each month we invite a South African musician to join us in The Booth to see what they’re bumping, to get a sense of where the magic (partly) comes from. With Rocking The Daisies and OppiKoppi almost upon us, we decided to invite a handful of musicians who will be performing at the respective festivals to join us for a special festival edition of The Booth, where we will feature one artist each day leading up to festival weekend.
This edition investigates Kid Fonque’s playlist, sharing 5 tracks that he’s into, in no particular order:
Nosaj Thing – ‘U G’
Fresh music I can’t categorise, for those darker nights.
Yazmin Lacey – ‘Still’
My type of soul!
Gwen Bunn – ‘All Your Secrets’
Love this, fresh Soul!
Sean Munnick & Earl Breezy – ‘It’s K Girl’
What a tune! Highly praised on my radio show, naughty samples so he gave it away for free.
Atjazz – ‘Track 6 (Mix 1)’
Could be the biggest house tune of 2017!
Watch Kid Fonque and Jullian Gomes perform their 2016 back-to-back Boiler Room set below, and check out our forth #FestivalBooth feature, Carlo Mombelli here.