Lerato ‘Lakuti’ Khati returns to SA to perform alongside local DJs

Soweto-born DJ, curator and booking agent Lerato ‘Lakuti’ Khati, who is currently based in Berlin, will make her way to South Africa to perform one of her legendary sets on Friday, 10 January at The Third Place, Newtown.

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Lakuti, who has played a huge role in placing underground South African music on the global map for the past 20 years began her career in the music industry when she convinced an empty 100 capacity theatre in a then arty Yeoville to let her use the space as a small club in the early 90′s, whilst embarking on a law degree. Planet Hendon 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.

In 1997, she relocated to London after a three-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 one year at the hugely influential underground hub, Plastic People in London.

The DJ/curator also established and ran successful underground parties in London under the Süd banner. The events ran for eleven years until November 2011. It featured 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, to name a few. 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.

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Now returning to Johannesburg, Lakuti will perform alongside Si’ Noir, Zara Julius, Maria McCloy, Mvelo & Leeu, and Lelowhatsgood at the event hosted by AKIA.

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Founded in 2017, AKIA is a cultural platform formed to allow local underground music and talent to showcase their skills – it is not limited by race, gender nor sexuality on the dance floor or in the DJ booth.

Photograph by Hayden Phipps

Their aim is expressed by a rare non-mainstream musical approach based on their strong belief in authenticity through sound, authentic sub-genres that put our music on the map, ensuring growth and exposure of the underground (non-mainstream) music scene.

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