Digging up rare vinyl grooves in the city of gold, DJ Okapi brings a forgotten era of South African pop music back to life…
specifically the synth-fuelled 80s disco-funk known as bubblegum and the unique house-inspired kwaito grooves of the early 90s, connecting them to their contemporaries in other parts of Africa and its diaspora.
Since 2009, through his Afro-Synth blog (www.afrosynth.blogspot.com), DJ Okapi has been instrumental in turning a new generation of music fans all over the world on to South African music of the 80s and 90s, most of which was never heard outside the country at the time. The website has since grown into an online store and more recently a shop in downtown Johannesburg.
With African synthesizer music growing in popularity around the world, DJ Okapi recently put together a compilation of South African disco for US-based label Cultures of Soul, titled Boogie Breakdown, released in September 2016. He recently returned from tours of the UK in November and the Netherlands and Germany in September.