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Levitate + Social present
Tama Sumo + Lakuti
|OstGut Ton / Uzuri - Berlin|
Date : Sunday 9th February 2020 | 7 PM onwards
BLWR + Ajay Aj
Venue : Mount Road Social
DCODE & Flip
'Music is pure communication – stay in contact and follow your heart!“
Heart, emotion, and passion instead of pure functionality – these are Tama Sumo’s DJ characteristics in a nutshell.
She started out in 1993 at the Drama bar in Berlin / Kreuzberg, one of the first bars to ever feature its own DJ at the weekend and an important hang out for the scene before going to the clubs Besides, the Drama has been one of the few locations playing house music, when techno was dominating all other clubs and bars at that time. Tama Sumo used to play a lot of New York-style vocal house and quickly became a regular DJ behind the decks at the gay Saturdays at Café Moskau.
At the beginning of 1994, she started playing regularly at the legendary Techno-Club Globus/Tresor and became a resident DJ at this location for the following years. Here she began to integrate different electronic-music-genres into her house sets, a mixture, she constantly improved over the years and which by now has become so significant for her long sets.
Since 2001 Tama Sumo also played regularly at the „Dance With The Aliens“-Party at the old OstGut, the predecessor of Berghain, which eventually opened the door to a residency at the new Panorama Bar & Berghain. In the meantime she developed a varied style ranging from House in all its colors, combined with reduced Techno, old Electro, Disco, and Pop. Altogether her sets feature a lot of bass, sometimes melody, always deep, sexy, dirty, jacking, rough and funky.
'Music for me is something very subjective and I always attempt to approach it with my intuition,” Tama Sumo comments.
'To be a DJ for me means to be in touch with the audience without speaking and to interact with the crowd and give them what they need while staying true to myself at the same time. It’s also fundamental to the work that I succeed at letting the music, the crowd and myself run freely. I have to turn off my head and go with the flow. I love to create and play with different moods and atmospheres. And I’m still fascinated by the fact that music can release a huge amount of energy and fun immediately. Music and bass, in particular, make people happy!“
At the beginning of 2008, she has finally released her first record. Both tracks, “Play Up” and “Brothers, Sisters”, have been produced in collaboration with Prosumer. They perfectly sum up Tama’s take on house music: two rough and funky tracks which made the DJ Top 50 of German Groove Magazin at first go.
Tama Sumo also compiled and mixed the second Panorama Bar mix cd, released on Ostgut Ton in October 2009. Another release by Prosumer & Tama Sumo, 'Alien Mutts', was published end of 2009 on Diamonds & Pearls. She has since gone to remix 'William' by Mount Kimbe in 2019 alongside Prosumer. The same year both release their 2nd EP - Rarified - on Ostgut Ton. In 2012 she remixed South Sundanese singer & activist Mary Boyoi's 'Zooz'(Sud Electronic) and together with Lakuti & The Neighbourhood Character she formed Tarantism and remixed the Knife's 'Ready To Lose' (Rabid Records, 2014).
Not satisfied with remaining static as DJ, Tama sumo's sets have developed to cover House, Techno, Jazz, Disco, Broken Beat, Soul, Funk, Afro Beat.
Lerato Khathi aka Lakuti grew up in Soweto, South Africa. She took a deep interest in music from a very young age, inspired by her mother’s impressive collection of Soul & Funk. Her grandfather also played a significant part in further nurturing her musical interest by schooling her in the art of Jazz. She inherited his jazz collection when he passed away and to this date has held onto every piece of vinyl from this collection. The biggest influence & inspiration was to come however with the first batch of Chicago house records.
Her first adventure into a musical path came when she convinced an empty 100 capacity theatre in a then arty Yeoville – a suburb in Johannesburg, to let her use the space as a small club in the early 90′s, whilst embarking on a Law Degree. Planet Hendon was born which saw some of the best local talent play. Around the same period, she met Alan Abrahams aka Portable/Bodycode and collaborated with him on a few music projects. Some of those works were released on the South African deep house label, Dj Syndicate.
Lakuti relocated to London in 1997; after a 3-year stint in Toronto, Canada, where she studied film and worked on various film-related projects. She immediately looked into dedicating herself full time into music and looked at ways of achieving that goal. A breakthrough came when she met the legendary Earl Gateshead, the powerhouse behind the Trojan Soundsystem, who took her under his wing. They promoted a monthly Friday for about 1 year at the hugely influential underground hub, Plastic People in London.
Lakuti also established and ran successful underground parties in London under the Süd banner. The events ran for 11 years until November 2011 and saw performances from artists such as Juan Atkins Move D, Rick Wade, Dj Jus-Ed, Boo Williams, Tama Sumo, Prosumer, Lawrence, Efdemin, Carsten Jost, Pantha Du Prince, Shed, Daniel Bell, e.t.c. They established the Süd Electronic imprint in October 2002 and Lakuti established Uzuri Recordings Nov 2007 to rave reviews and has since established The Uzuri Artist Bookings & Management agency.
Lakuti has played at clubs and events such as Fabric, The End, Plastic People, Corsica Studios, Herbal, Elektrowerks, plays regularly at Panorama Bar in Berlin, Rex Club, Djoon, Concrete + more in Paris, Silencio, Weetamix & Motel Campo in Geneva , Dude Club in Milan , Prince Charles & About Blank also in Berlin, Bussey Building in London , Dalston Superstore also in London, Printworks ,Chapter 10 @ Bloc , The Cause , Disco Volante , Dude Club ,Basic Club and many more clubs in Italy, Bern Salonger in Stockholm, Cardboard Club in Gothenburg , Inkonst in Malmo, as well as in Copenhagen , Skopje , Nantes , Lyon and pretty much most cities in Europe with an electronic music scene . she has also toured Brazil, Australia and has also toured the USA several times and recently played in Canada in June 2019, for the first time. She will be touring Japan for the first time in 2019. Lakuti has played at various art events as well, including at The opening party at The South African Pavillion at the Venice Biennale and at The first Riga Biennale in 2018 at the Documenta alternative art week in Athens in 2017, has played at many festivals such as Glastonbury Festival , Dekmantel Festival + Suncebeat , Fat Fat Fat festival , Nuit Sonores , CTM Festival , Today’s Art , Dimensions Festival , Love International + many more. She currently holds a residency at the cult Freerotation festival.
She has also collaborated with various artists on vocal duties. One such collaboration was a vocal track produced by Alan Abrahams under his Bodycode guise, titled, ” Body to Body ” which was released on Germany’s Yore Recordings. Another vocal contribution appeared on Bodycode’s second album for Spectral, released in 2009. A track titled ” What Did You Say”, which was also released as a single on Spectral in March 2009, with a remix by Byford. Lakuti has also collaborated with Matias Aguayo on a track Called ‘Pata Pata ‘ released on Comeme. she has also collaborated with Tama Sumo & The Neighbourhood Character under the Tarantism name and remixed Swedish duo The Knife – a track called ‘Ready to Lose ‘ out on Rabid Records.
Lakuti has also programmed some events in various cities within Europe such as Lisbon, London and her co-programmed Friday nights at Panorama Bar with Tama Sumo have been received positively.
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