DJ Doowap is wearing a red Mickey Mouse patterned jumpsuit when she greets us on the day of our BAYEZA video shoot. The one piece, a gift tailor made for her by a fan, is paired with a striped top and crisp white sneakers, her yellow braids piled high atop her head, the whole getup adorned with plentiful gold jewellery. She’s a gloriously eye-popping sight for sure, her outrageous style a significant part of her overall allure, and, as she’ll tell you, an intrinsic part of her identity.
Doowap, or Khetsiwe Morgan, was born in 1989, but she’s a 90s kid through and through, citing the decade as the biggest influence on her music and style. Hanging out at the Joburg nightclubs her parents owned during setup and meeting powerful artists like Boom Shaka, Lebo Mathosa and Janet Jackson shaped her musical ear and approach early on. Later, while in the UK, she fell in love with the bass-driven sounds she’s now known for.
In this video, the live-mix DJ and femme power style icon takes us to her crib to talk bass bests and being young in South Africa today.
Photographs of DJ Doowap by Travys Owen at Lampost.
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