I finally made it to Nairobi last August, and among many other eye openers, I was blown away when I realized afrohouse is already a pillar of Nairobi’s nightlife. The Angolan and Mozambican scenes have inundated Soundcloud with countless bangers, not to mention South Africa, which is by most standards the global epicenter of house music. I was less aware of Nairobi’s house music output, but was very impressed by the quality of the DJs. One DJ who stood out in particular is SURAJ: this guy took me on a musical journey for the first time in way too long. I witnessed SURAJ behind the decks on several occasions, and truly appreciated his range, cleverly adapting his style to the time and venue without ever letting go of his distinct personality.
Fiending for more, I asked SURAJ to prepare an exclusive mix for us, which he describes this way:
“This mix for Akwaaba gives me the opportunity to create a set that reflects a night out in Nairobi and the music that comes along with it. I am a DJ and producer based in Nairobi, Kenya, I create contemporary electronic music infused with traditional musical and cultural elements. In this mix, I highlight my signature sound alongside new music from some of my favorite labels and artists from around the world. I’ve featured among others Denivel Line, Pablo Fierro & Zepherin Saint.