– Pre party at Up Yours (Yours Truly) 3-9PM.
– Main event at Private Life 9-2AM.
Performs as DJ since 1993.
Residency: Berghain / Panoramabar, Freerotation, Dance Tunnel
Label: OstGut Ton.
I started out in a bar called Drama in Kreuzberg, which has been an important hang out for the scene and one of the first bars ever to feature its own djs at the weekend. The Drama has been one of the few locations featuring house music, instead of techno dominating all the other clubs and bars at that time.
I used to play a lot of soulful vocal house and quickly became a resident at Globus/Tresor, as well as at the gay Saturdays at Café Moskau.
„My motivation is and has been a mixture of fun and communication. Verbally as well as non-verbally. I love to create and play with different moods and atmospheres. I’m still fascinated by the fact that music can release a huge amount of energy and how music creates fun, jollying anyone along without any reason or principle. Music and bass in particular can make people happy!“
Since 1997, when I have been a resident at Globus/Tresor, I gradually opened up stylistically and didn’t feel the need anymore to go along the lines of the techno and house division.
Since 2001 I regularly played at the gay/lesbian „Dance with the Aliens“ parties at the old OstGut and consequently at the end of 2004 I became a resident at the new Panorama Bar / Berghain.
In the meantime I developed a varied style ranging from new and classic House to Techno including a lot of Disco, Afrobeats…..
It is fundamental to my work as a DJ that I manage to let the music, the crowd and myself run freely. I have to turn off my head and go with the flow. This always is the challenge and if it works it is big fun. The crowd and i have to get kind of cosy with each other.
And if I manage to build my set up and down, to go to lots of different places, it is perfect!
(Uzuri Recordings , Süd Electronic ) – Dj – Berlin
Lerato Khathi aka Lakuti emerged out of the ruins of a post – apartheid South Africa. Growing up in an impoverished Soweto in Johannesburg, Lakuti took a deep interest in music from a very young age, inspired by her mother’s impressive collection of Soul & Funk. Her grandfather also played a significant part in further nurturing her musical interest by schooling her in the art of Jazz. She inherited his jazz collection when he passed away and to this date has held onto every piece of vinyl from this collection. The biggest influence & inspiration was to come however with the first batch of Chicago house records, which made their way into the township .
Her first adventure onto a musical path came when she convinced an empty 100 capacity theatre in a then arty Yeoville – a suburb in Johannesburg, to let her use the space as a small club in the early 90′s, whilst embarking on a Law Degree. Planet hendon was born. She successfully ran the space for 2 years & in that 2 years the club saw dj sets from the cream of the crop of dj’s at the time in Johannesburg. Around the same period, she met Alan Abrahams aka Portable/Bodycode & collaborated with him on a few music projects. Some of those works were released on South african deep house label, dj syndicate.
Lakuti inevitably became frustrated with the geographic isolation of the country and relocated to London in 1997 ; after a 3 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 & looked at ways of achieving that goal. A break through came when she met the legendary Earl Gateshead, the powerhouse behind the Trojan Soundsytem , who took her under his wing. They promoted a monthly Friday for about 1 year at the hugely influential underground hub, Plastic People in London.
Lakuti alongside alan “Portable” Abrahams also established and ran their successful underground parties in London under the Süd banner. The events ran for 11 years until November 2011 and saw performances from artists such as Juan Atkins, Move D, Rik Wade, Dj Jus Ed, Prosumer, Lawrence/Sten, Efdemin, Carsten Jost, Pantha Du Prince, Shed, Daniel Bell, e.t.c.
They established the Süd Electronic imprint in October 2002 & Lakuti established Uzuri Recordings Nov 2007 to rave reviews & has since established The Uzuri Artist Bookings & Management agency.
Lakuti has played at clubs such as Fabric, The End, Plastic People, Corsica Studios, Herbal, Elektrowerks, Panorama bar in Berlin, Rex Club in Paris, Silenco, Weetamix & Motel Campo in Geneva, Concrete in Paris, Gegen in Berlin, Prince Charles & About Blank also in Berlin, Bussey Building in London , Dalston Superstore also in London, Disco Volante in Brescisa Italy, Bern Salonger in Stockholm, Cardboard Club in Gothenburg + many more. She currently holds a residency as the cult Freerotation festival.
She has also collaborated with various artists on vocal duties. One such collaboration was a vocal track produced by Alan Abrahams under his Bodycode guise, titled, ” Body to Body ” which was released on Germany’s Yore Recordings. Another vocal contribution appeard on Bodycode’s second album for Spectral, released in 2009. A track titled ” What Did You Say” ; which was also released as a single on Spectral in March 2009, with a remix by Babyford.
Lakuti has also collaborated with Matias Aguayo ‘ on a track Called ‘Pata Pata ‘ released on Comeme.
Alongside Tama Sumo she helps NTS with programming and broadcasting NTS Berlin.
Private Life is Cape Towns select House and Disco night. Hosted every week at the much loved Waiting Room above Royale Eatery, PL draws inspiration from the heyday of clubbing and the modern sounds of leftfield House and Disco.