We got a chance to chat to the up and coming DJ Okapi.
Tell us more about you. How have you landed up being on Park Acoustics’ first event for 2017? In other words, what has your musical journey been like up until this point?
I’ve been DJing for over 10 years and run a website and record store called Afrosynth. On New Years Eve a few weeks ago I played at Search, a cool festival outside Cape Town. Henk was there, he dug my vibe and wanted it at Park Acoustics so he asked me to play. I’m really looking forward to it as it’s not often I get to share a stage with rock bands.
What kind of set can we expect from you at Park Acoustics and how do you think the Pretoria crowd is going to react to your music?
I play African disco music from the 80s and 90s. This is not something people hear every day (or ever!) so they are hopefully in for a bit of a surprise.
I don’t make music at the moment but I DJ to share fresh music with people, to create a positive vibe and to celebrate our culture as South Africans.
Which artists influenced you when you were growing up?
I grew up listening to all types of music, first rock and then blues, soul and funk.
5. We always think about things like, “How can we use street style photography to change the world?” or things like, “How can we use festival coverage to change the world?” so we’re going to a pose a similar question to you because we believe that there’s always something you can do to improve peoples’ lives in the areas that you are passionate about. I ask you, “How can we use music to change the world?”
Music has a unique power to connect people and bridge divides, which is so important in South Africa, and to make us appreciate what we have here.
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