Culolethu Zulu was only 19 years old when he released his first 12-inches. In itself that’s no great accomplishment, but the fact that these were distributed by Mule Musiq and Innervisions – two pioneering record labels – says a whole lot about the musical maturity of the South African.
By now he has become 26 years, but has long surpassed his old mentor Black Coffee. Like the tutor, who’s South Africa’s most famous house producer, Culoe De Song creates dance music inspired by the tribalistic rhythms of the continent.
But where Black Coffee’s productions tend to be quite polished there is always something foreboding at play in Culo De Song’s music. Take a listen at the recent full length “Washa”, where he toys with the notion of an imminent apocalypse, provoked by greed and lack of empathy.
Culoe De Song (ZA) kl.01.15
g-HA & Olanskii 23:00
RLOC (Ricky Late, Oskar Pask, Petter Celius) kl.21.00
Text: Kim Klev