Levi Love met DJ OKAPI at his record store Afrosynth Records in downtown Mjondolo(Johannesburg). Levi was to play an in store set.
Johannesburg, in the days of Apartheid, was a melting pot of cultures as men were dragged from all corners of the country to come dig for gold in the mines. An imperialist dream. In that melting pot, inevitably, culture was to swap places with music to create what would be the perfect Tonic for struggle ills.
Articles abound always make mention of American sounds, particularly House Music, less so Disco Music, as major influencers or moulders of Kwaito Music. Whilst this statement has a semblance of truth in it, one has to account for the major role the political climate, unique cultural mixes and indigenous talent played.
Of late, major European and US labels are heavily invested in re-issuing the very same product of the cultural and musical melting pot mentioned above.
DJ OKAPI is a legitimate and authentic pioneer of reissuing South African Music that shaped our cultural development through Afrosynth. Levi Love epitomises this notion through his absolute dedication to house music.
The two come together on the 29th of June in Manchester not to be purveyors of nostalgia but to blatantly showcase that music that important cannot be relegated to the nostalgic corner.
Music that important needs to be played all the time to the rest of the world.
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