L.A. Beat Collective Soulection Are In South Africa

L.A.-based record label/radio show/cultural platform Soulection head to South Africa in February for events in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Words by Zach Weg & Alyssa Klein

Prolific beat collective Soulection just turned four-years-old, and now the Los Angeles-based record label/radio show/platform is headed to South Africa for a series of events in Cape Town and Johannesburg this month. First up, Honolulu-based producer Mr. Carmack hits Cape Town Electronic Music Festival on Saturday, February 7th (22:00-23:00 at the Audiotorium). Then, on Tuesday, February 10th, Soulection's The Sound of Tomorrow at The Side Show will feature DJ sets by Soulection co-founder Joe Kay and The Whooligan (aka San Francisco's Julio Galvez), alongside Cape Town's own SLABOFMISUSE, global future bass producer Maramza, White Nite, and a few special guests. Lastly, Joe Kay and The Whooligan will head to Johannesburg for an event co-hosted by SA beat platform Weheartbeat (who are also bringing down Young Fathers later this month) at The Poolside in Maboneng, featuring sets from Raiko, JustThembaSymaticsY∆NO$$, and Polyestervelcro.

Soulection's Mr. Carmack, Joe Kay & The Whooligan in South Africa:

Sat., 7 Feb: Mr. Carmack @ Cape Town Electronic Music Festival - City Hall, Cape Town (Tickets)

Tues., 10 Feb: Joe Kay, The Whooligan & surprise guest @ The Side Show - Cape Town (More info + Tickets)

Sat., 14 Feb: Joe Kay & The Whooligan - Secret Show

Sun., 15 Feb: Weheartbeat & Soulection present The Sound of Tomorrow, at Poolside, Johannesburg (More info + Tickets)

For more from the Soulection crew, listen to Malawian producer Atu's stunning 'Pictures On Silence' LP and Sango's Brazilian-inspired 'Da Rocinha 2' beat tape.

Image courtesy of Peintre Obou.

Ivorian Artist Peintre Obou Speaks on Expression Through His Masked Characters

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Last summer, the Ivorian commune of Abobo underwent renovation in a project titled, Abobo E Zo commissioned by the Minister Hamed Bakayoko. Not only were downtrodden areas within the community rehabilitated and sanitized but multiple buildings around the populous commune were painted to the delight of residents. It was street art set on enlightening a disadvantaged community piloted by Obou with help from hundreds of crafty volunteers.

This interview was conducted in French and has been translated and edited for length and clarity.

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