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Profile: CULOE DE SONG
Apparently, South Africa has the highest consumption of House Music in the world, per capita. This statement somehow makes the music come full cycle, because the beginnings of House drew music from an eclectic mood board - the early era DJs played afro music and african rhythms alongside R&B, funk and soul music, and electronica imported from Europe, defining what the House sound is today. So when we have a new generation of EDM producers from Africa having grown up to the dance music made by the West joining the global movement of Deep House, someone like Culoe de Song becomes very relevant to this narrative.
Culoe de Song was born as Culoelethu Zulu in 1990 in Eshowe, Kwazulu Natal, and he is a full Zulu. His first IsiZulu name "Culolethu" which means "our song" and we can speculate that might be why he stuck to what he does. He began his music career in early 2007 DJing in South Africa alongside local acts like Black Coffee and international visitors like Louie Vega and Rocco. Following his forays in DJing, Culoe De Song began exploring production where he collaborated with Black Coffee on the track “100 Zulu Warriors”, who included the track on his second album “Have Another One”. Culoe De Song was later signed to Black Coffee’s label Soulistic Music and was selected as one of the worldwide participants to attend the 2008 Redbull Music Academy held in Barcelona, Spain. This somewhat started his relationship with Europe as he was invited back to Barcelona to play at Sonar Festival. In 2009 Culoe De Song released the EP "The Bright Forest" on Ame's record label Innervisions, which introduced him to a wider European audience and Innervisions' sphere of influence in the electronic scene.
Culoe then started on his international showings while at the same time releasing his debut album, 'A Giant Leap', an album that went gold, and got him nominated in multiple categories at the 2010 South African Music Awards, the Namibian Museke Awards, and the 2010 Metro FM awards. in 2011, he released his second album 'Elevation', where he collaborated with French deep house DJ and producer Rocco. From then, he continued to release on more labels with more international appeal such as Japan's Mule Music, which reinforces his presence at international events. In 2016, after releasing the third album 'Exodus' with Black Coffee's Soulistic, he created his own label De Song Music and released his own label's debut album 'Washa', an 18-tracks LP that "is a story of overcoming fear and bringing faith into life".
Culoe did a Facebook Live to talk about Washa, and the things attached to it.
Shanghai, Fri 9 Feb 2018, The W
Tokyo, Sun 11 Feb 2018, Vent + DJ Emma
Seoul, Thu 15 Feb 2018, Contra
Bangkok, Sat 17 Feb 2018, Beam
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