AFROBEATS Pop-Up & Party at The Drake Hotel: Introducing the DJs

By now you must have heard of our AFROBEATS pop-up and party coming this weekend (Sunday April 26th from 4pm) to the Sky Yard patio of Toronto’s Drake Hotel! Otherwise join the facebook invite to get up to speed!

We’re bringing that SUPAFRIK energy to Queen West again! This time the focus is on the DJs and their unique blend of urban African sounds. Not to be confused with Fela Kuti’s Afrobeat (without the s), Afrobeats is a catch all term originating in the UK that refers to different electronic dance music genres from the African continent and African crews in London, Lisbon and Paris. From Ghanaian Azonto to Angolan Kuduro to South African House. DJs Deemaks, DJ Camron and Dj Revy B will submerge the Sky Yard patio in bass heavy Afrobeats sets with splashes of R&B, hip-hop, reggae and pop. We will also have a pop-up shop in Room 222 carrying African-inspired brands like Chinedesign, Eloli and Papaya & Co

We briefly caught up with the DJs to find what they are listening to and what they’re watching.

DEEMAKS

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Where are you based and how long have you been DJing for?
I’m based in Toronto & Calgary. I’ve been DJing for about 5 years now

Personal Top 5 African Songs at the moment in no particular order
1. The Sound – Davido ft. Uhuru & Dj Buckz 2. Nasema Nawe – Diamond Platnumz ft Khadija Kopa 3. Gbese – Lil Kesh 4. Nobody But Me – Vanessa Mdee ft. K.O 5. Original – Fally Ipupa 

Personal Top 3 Afrobeats videos
1. Phyno – Oringo 2. Davido ft Uhuru + DJ Buckz – The Sound
3.Falz – Marry Me ft Yemi Alade and Poe

Favourite Afrobeats / African artist
I’ll have to go with P-Square on this one

What is your favorite African dance?
The Azonto Dance is still my favorite to date

Which one of your new mixtapes would you recommend to somebody who has never heard you spin before?

DJ CAMRON

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Where are you based and how long have you been DJing for?
I’m based in ottawa, Canada. I have been DJing for 3 years

Personal Top 5 African Songs of All Time
1. Only Me – 2face 2. Bother you – DBanj 3. Nwa Baby – Flavour 4. Skelewu – Davido 5. Caro – Wizkid

Top 3 Afrobeats Videos
1. Gobe – Davido 2. Caro – Wizkid
3. Personally – P-Square

My 3 Favourite Afrobeats artists
2face, Wizkid and Davido

Favorite African Dance
Etighi

Which one of your mixtapes would you recommend to somebody who has never seen you spin?

DJ REVY B

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Where are you based and how long have you been DJing for?
Toronto, I have been DJing for 2 years.

Personal Top 5 African Songs of All Time
1. Oliver twist – D’banj 2. Baby Mi Da Remix – Victor Olaiya ft 2face 3. Adamma – Flavour 4. Born the Maga – Wande Coal 5. Magic System – Premier Gaou

5 Songs Afrobeats Songs That You’re Feeling Right Now
1. Godwin – Korede Bello 2. Shake Body-Skales 3.Woju (Remix) – Kiss Daniel 4. Ayo Jay – Think About Me 5. Adaobi – The Mavins (Don Jazzy, Reekado Banks, Korede Bello & Dija)
BONUS: Pound – Brymo

Top 3 Afrobeats Video
1. Personally – P-Square 2. My Darlin’ – Tiwa Savage
3. Ada Ada – Flavour

Who is your favorite Afrobeats artist?
This is a hard one, but I would have to say 2face or Wande Coal

What is your favorite African dance?
This is a little bit of a throwback but Yahooze, lol because that was around the time I started really listening to Afrobeats. My second favorite is Skelewu

Which one of your mixtapes would you recommend to somebody who has never seen you spin?

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