A gem by Lulo Café

2013-12-24 00:00

AMONG the amazing line-up headed to the iBeach Xperience in KwaZulu-Natal this weekend is Lulo Café, who will no doubt be sharing some of the tracks from his debut solo album with fans.

Speaking about his new album, Lulo Café presents Soul Africa, the DJ and producer said, “My first few albums were compilations, but I have paid my dues and I feel the time is right to do a full album.

“I used all the experience I have gained to put out an album that is appealing, and I pulled together a lot of different people to give it a different feel.”

Lulo Café’s previous albums are Deep House Chronicles 2 and What About Soul?, under Soul Candi.

He also features in Soul Candi’s 10th Year Anniversary album as one of the DJs to watch in the future.

“I had been speaking to people about this new album for about two years,” he said.

“I had a wish list of people I wanted to work with. Some people didn’t work out because their schedules didn’t allow it, but we will work together later.

“I also found some people, such as Bongeziwe [who sings on the third track] while I was working and brought them in. I believe in bringing in fresh talent and sounds to South African music.

“Bongeziwe sings in Xhosa and is very traditional. He had never done dance music so it was a challenge to work with him and what he does.”

Music has been a part of Lulo Café’s life for as long as he can remember.

“My musical journey began when I was a young man growing up and listening to everything from Queen to Boyz2Men and Michael Jackson,” he said, adding that his first love is still hip-hop, even though he is now considered to be one of the country’s brightest house musicians.

Asked why he loves dance music, the South African Music Award-nominated artist said, “I love the impact dance music has on people and the variety of genres that can be used together in house — jazz, hip-hop, all can be fused into dance music.”

Looking ahead, he hopes to release another two albums and to continue to uncover new talent.

“I have an ear for fresh people and know how to channel that talent, and to bring out the best in people. I’m passionate about working with people and helping them to release their potential,” he said.

A graduate of the Free State Technikon, he paid his dues working at a Bloemfontein radio station and in a CD shop, before heading to the bright lights of Johannesburg.

He has this advice for those wanting to make it, “You need to be very strategic about how you plan to get into the music business. You need to find a niche and through that you will grow.”

In addition to rocking dance floors around the country, Lulo Café can be heard every Friday night from 7.30 pm to 10 pm as one half of the AudioGasm on Metro FM. This interactive house and hip-hop show is co-hosted by the Naked DJ. He’s also a brand ambassador for Citroën and Head Honcho, a popular South African urban hip-hop clothing label.

• Fans can keep up to date with Lulo Cafe on Twitter @LuloCafe or via his Facebook page.

• arts@witness.co.za

THE iBeach Xperience will be held from Friday to Sunday at Dokodweni Lagoon on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast.

South Africa’s hottest artists, including Euphonik, DJ Zinhle, Naima K, Big Nuz, Zakes Bantwini, DJ Ganyani, DJ Tira, Vetkuk & Mahoota, Heavy K, DJ Naves, DJ Sphectacula, Lulo Café and others, will be performing.

The weekend kicks off with the SABC Live Amp party on Friday (tickets range from R150 to R400), followed on Saturday by the Dance Craze party (tickets from R150 to R400). The event ends with an 18-hour party on Sunday, from midday until dawn (tickets are R180 to R450).

Tickets are available at Computicket and Shoprite and Checkers stores.

For those planning their whole weekend, the best option is the iBeach Xperience passport, which includes golden-circle tickets for all the events, an iBeach hamper and an unlimited shuttle service to select hotels. The iBeach passport is available via sales@ibeachxperience.co.za

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