NOVEL invites Kwaitour 2017 for a night of Bubblegum, Kwaito and other South African Synth grooves!
DJ Okapi (SA – Afrosynth Records)
DJ Okapi, Pierre-Estienne and Paul Waxon are 3 South African DJ’s from Johannesburg and Cape town who spend decades finding hidden gems of a forgotten music era. This night they will bring bags filled with signature South African electronic dance music to an intimate setting in Amsterdam. Strictly for dancing, strictly smiles and strictly summer vibes.
September 2, 17:00 – 03:00
PLEASE BEAR IN MIND PLLEK IS A RESTAURANT DURING THE DAY
The cultural isolation and censorship of the 80’s gave birth to a popular dance music form named “Bubblegum”. Bubblegum was synth and bass laden and directly connected to your feet. In the early 90s the first big commercial Chicago and New York house music successes making a huge local impact in South Africa. “Kwaito” was born.
Young black South Africans were optimistic and proud of who they were and this music captures it. We at Novel are proud to bring this unique story to Amsterdam.
Digging up rare vinyl grooves in the city of gold, DJ Okapi brings a forgotten era of South African pop music back to life. His knowledge and ability to find rare, almost forgotten, gems from the bubblegum era have brought him to the attention of many musical lovers.
He has, over the past for years, brought his bubblegum selections to diverse audiences at home and abroad. You might have seen him play at Dekmantel Selectors, Strange Sounds From Beyond or Dimensions Festival. DJ Okapi has recently been involved in curating a compilation of bubblegum together with Antal RH on the Rush Hour label.
One of Cape Town’s best loved vinyl DJs, Pierre-Estienne, whose regular celebration of music on wax, Vinyl DIGZ, has gained a solid and sizable following as the premiere party for people to connect and celebrate vinyl culture. He is also part of the Private Life collective. Pierre has been collecting records since roughly 1984 and DJing since 1999, having traveled the world crate digging from Tokyo to Berlin.
A respected DJ, record collector and promoter from Johannesburg. Paul’s events have always had a focus on celebrating African music and South African music specifically. It was during one of these events that Mzansi Dance Collective was born.
The event included dancers and visuals depicting the dances and elements of the culture of the bubblegum and kwaito era. The event was very successful and it was decided that that multi-dimensional experience deserves a broader audience.