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2022 SPEAKERS

 
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VINNY
DA
VINCI

Deejay, Producer

ART of DJ'ing

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RALF
GUM

Label Manager | DJ

Music Production

Ralf Gum started out as a DJ before establishing himself three years later as a full-on institution within the industry with own productions. Since then Ralf evolved to one of the most respected figures in the House Music scene called a role model, pioneer, innovator, legend and global House Music superstar by others, while his secret is simply to keep absolutely fervid about real music.

Always staying true to his passion and attempting to enhance the genre, he is globally renowned for his exceptional productions and DJ-sets. Harmony, Soul & Groove – are the main ingredients, but just some aspects of Ralf’s distinctive deep sound.

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With over two decades of deejaying under his belt, Vinny Da Vinci is one of the most important figures on the South African Dance Music scene.

Vinny has helped galvanize Deep Underground club culture in his various guises: as a partner in the power house House Afrika Records empire; as compiler and executive producer of their top-selling compilations; as a producer alongside his long time friend and partner, Dj Christos in the groundbreaking Djs At Work projects; also once co-owner of the classic Pretoria nightclub Carnalita; as a deejay on the leading edge of the underground house scene; and also curated the award winning Dance show on Metro FM, The Urban Beat

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LADY
SAKHE

Deejay , Event Curator

Eventing

 
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TILL
VON 
SEIN 

Suol, Dirt Crew Recordings

Lady Sakhe is a Deejay, event curator and entrepreneur. She's been a house music deejay and in the entertainment and media industry for over 15 years.

 

She’s created an opportunity for herself to play at all types of events in and around the country and the continent. Growing up in Soweto she found the love for music, entertainment and media in the 2000’s during her school years.

She established her events management company in and launched a series of events called Deep Soul Sensation. The events are one of the most attended gigs in Johannesburg  in the underground house music scene. She’s featured top local and international DJ’s such as Rocco and Lars Behrenroth, DJ Christos, Vinny Da Vinci, Franck Roger and many more in the 6 years she’s been running the event series. Lady Sakhe has also landed herself residencies at various clubs in and around Johannesburg & Pretoria making her consistent in the business.

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Artist development

Alongside his trademark sound, Till von Sein exudes an aura of noble grandeur mixed with the genuine enthusiasm of a child with a favourite toy when he’s busy in the DJ booth. But Tilly’s toy, which in this case is house and its countless derivatives, won’t ever end up forgotten in the corner. Long after the wrapping paper has been thrown away, what Till loves has yet to lose its magic. For von Sein, the sound of an 808 clap triggers a state of ecstasy, which in his hands emerges as pure euphoria on the dance floor.

 

Time and again, his thumping transitions and heart-racing sets send listeners into overdrive, revealing the very core of house, soul and techno, while hitting on just what makes these genres so exciting.

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Kid 
FONQUE

Stay True Sounds

Radio & Media

From a humble start DJing in the yard of legendary haunt 206 in Johannesburg, Kid Fonque has morphed into the go-to guy for Mzansi’s deep house and electronic rhythms. Parallel to spinning alongside the likes of Gilles Peterson, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Tom Misch, Bonobo, Skepta, Henrik Schwarz, Âme and Rich Medina, Nicoll helped propel the Soul Candi stable to seminal status on the African content, but it’s his own labels that are now leading the way. Founded in 2015, Stay True Sounds has been a jump-off point for some of the current leading lights in SA house music, including Bruce Loko, Fka Mash, Dwson, Zito Mowa, Jazzuelle, SculpturedMusic, BillowJazz, China Charmeleon, Sio and many more.

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SiO

Songwriting

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DJ
CHRiSTOS

Deejay , Producer

ART of DJ'ing

 
 

The Twilight child, King is a storyteller, who uses music, poetry, theatre, design and interpretation to tell her stories. Music came to her by accident.

She derives inspiration from the music itself, the world around her, books and often gravitates towards dark metaphors and images sighting pain as one of her greatest muses. Her style is a product of a love the music she was exposed to as a child. 

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Christos Katsaitis started his career at the age of 15. He is a legendary deejay and one of South Africa’s most respected house producers. A veteran of over three decades, he has been named the ‘Godfather of House music’ in South Africa.

Having influenced and provided platforms for countless DJs and producers he is credited for the current flourish in the South African House music scene.

A Founding Member of Kalawa Jazzmen and Katsaitis Music which have been responsible for some of the most ground – breaking artists including Boom Shaka, the late Lebo Mathosa, Shana, DAW (DJ's@Work) and Black Coffee.

 

From behind the mixing desk, he’s produced some of the biggest tracks of the recent past, including 2 DJs and a Keyboard Player’s “Sekele”, Boom Shaka’s “Free”, DJs At Work’s “Hey Dj”, Ratanang, Shana`s “Benga/, including Black Coffees first international release with Buci which was released on german label GOGO Music.

His passion for education in the dance music industry has led him to create the South African Music Conference, Dance Music Summit and the DJ Christos Music Academy

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DJ 
GANYANi

Deejay, Producer

Ganyani Tshabalala has been in the music industry for over 20 years. With his great passion for music, at the age of 15 he started teaching himself several DJ techniques to manipulate the prerecorded music. These include cueing, equalization, phrasing, beat juggling etc. to perform the transitions and overdubs of a number of sources in a more creative way. Today he is a professional DJ who masters the technique of using harmonic mixing for choosing compatible songs. This has made him and other local DJs to be the pioneers or the grandmaster of this entertainment technique in the country.

 

One of the best producers of house mix in over two decades. DJ Ganyani is famous for his hit songs’ Xigubhu’, ‘Fading’ and ‘Emazulwini

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Sustainability in the music industry