Amapiano & Afro House w/ Charisse C, Hagan, Ade Smilez, D-Malice & NZHINGA

Friday 20th May

Enza Records curates Afro Tonight, an exciting event series delivering the perfect blend of afro hits and secret gems in one night. Dance to the sweet sounds of Amapiano, Afro House, Afro Swing and Kuduro. All delivered by the very best selection DJs in the scene.

 

D-Malice

D-Malice has been an exceptional talent and ambassador of the ever-evolving music scene. You can find him playing at intimate gigs or large festivals across the world, Malice provides high energy and inspirational sets and never fails to deliver an electric atmosphere either in a club or on his monthly mixes, which showcases House music from artist/producers worldwide. He has released music on leading labels, such as Soul Candi (SA), Offering Recordings, Adaptation, Seasons, Hed Kandi, Defected Records to name a few. Malice runs his own music label, DM.Recordings, which pioneers in delivering great Deep and Afro House music. The Label was hailed as one of the top Afro House labels following the release of D-Malice’s ‘Indian Time’ in 2014. As D-Malice took the scene by storm, becoming a household name to many clubs and festivals worldwide, his music gained the attention or worked with the likes of Black Coffee, Osunlade, AtJazz, boddhi Satva, Jonny Miller, Rancido, among others.

Hagan

A talented producer with deep Ghanaian roots and UK upbringing, Hagan sits at the intersection of two cultures manifested in creating a progressive sound marinated around African polyrhythms and it’s often unsung influence on European club culture. Having released forward-facing tracks on labels such as Benji B’s new label One Level, Branko’s Enchufada and Jamz Supernova’s Future Bounce, Hagan is known for delivering Afro-Bass, tight-knit percussive energy to his music. With a palette of world sounds at his disposal, Hagan’s work has enabled him to release his music and remixes on various labels, with a track collaboration on Sango’s Da Rocinha 4 album for Soulection entitled ‘Espírito Santo’. Hagan’s EP release on Gobstopper, ‘Waves’, is a deep sonic representation of the evolution of his sound, resonating with peers who are taking ownership of their blackness through sound on a global level. Balancing both his darker and lighter sound palettes, Hagan’s latest release on Benji B’s new label, One Level, is a fine blend of cultural sounds and rhythms where infectious bass lines and melodies intersect. His latest EP ‘Forward Focus’ signifies Hagan’s continuous aim to develop his unique take on Black electronic music, working with musicians for an enriched combination of live and electronic textures.

Charisse

You’ll hear her play South Africa’s soundscape, including global giants Amapiano and Gqom, alongside the many electronic genres birthed by the melting pot which raised her. The multifaceted tastemaker has played a wide span of shows from renowned club nights, to the London Design Biennale at Somerset House, Daily Paper’s London Launch and renowned venues such as Fabric, Village Underground and The Colour Factory. Charisse C’s mixes can be found on Boiler Room, NTS, BBC Radio 1, BBC 1Xtra and No Signal Radio. In the spring of 2021, Charisse C met collaborator Koek Sista; fresh from their stellar Boiler Room, headline Southbank Centre, Tate Modern and Fabric London performances, together, they launched ‘The Ascension’: an immersive live experiment that combines Charisse C’s bass-heavy selections and Koek Sista’s magnetic sound art, to turn every dance floor into a gravitational and unforgettable experience. Known for the stellar curation of #AbantuNoSignal; a bi-weekly show dedicated to representing the vastness of Southern Africa, with a combined effort of music and storytelling. Starting with the two places she calls home; Zimbabwe and South Africa, the show has since branched out to reach Zambia, Namibia, Mozambique and the like.

Ade Smilez

Ade is one of the most recognisable authentic Amapiano DJs in the UK alongside being an incredibly talented creative genius. He is well known for his RedRoom live streams which he consistently did twice a week on Instagram and then Twitch during lockdown. Most recently, his ‘Amapiano to Afro House’ mix aired on BBC 1Xtra, sitting amongst some of the biggest names in the scene. This mix also premiered alongside his sell out event, known as RedRoom Underground, which takes place every month at Peckham Audio. Last year, he was the headline DJ at the UKs first Amapiano Festival @amafest, playing also at several key Amapiano events.

NZHINGA

NZHINGA is an Angolan music producer, DJ and Enza Records founder. Catch him blending the best of Afro House sounds with Amapiano and Kuduro. This talented producer has played alongside up and coming artists like Mina, Tash LC & Saint Ludo. As an afrobeats producer he works with prominent portuguese speaking artists signed to Sony Music. As he produces for other artists, NZHINGA continues to push boundaries with his own releases. The latest of which, called ‘Let Go Dance’, released last year and is a collaboration with two up and coming Kuduro artists Ruelson Materazzi & Elviio Andraade, increasingly making noise in the Kuduro scene in Angola.

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