GUMBO: DJ Deemaks


This time around, SUPAFRIK and Shaman are taking it up a few notches to bring the feeling of carnival season to the city. GUMBO will take place at two venues in one night. The party will start at the ROM with DJ Revy B supplying the soundtrack to an introductory Afrofusion dance class featuring dance choreographers Esie Mensah and Pulga Muchochoma, from 7-8pm. In between, attendees can explore other Friday Night Live programming, including an afro-diasporic fashion-art exhibit, “Water Carry Me Go”. Deemaks, Sean Sax, and Donet are the featured DJs for GUMBO #4 which will be hosted as usual by Wan and Chi, from 9pm–11pm , before the night moves Tattoo (567 Queen Street West) at 11:00pm.
Leading up to the night, we’re featuring the DJs that’ll make the night worthwhile. First up, DJ Deemaks.




Damola Makinde, better known as DJ Deemaks, has established an impressive resume in his relatively short DJ career. Deemaks is a Canadian Open Format/Afrobeats/Afrohouse DJ with an ever-growing worldwide fan base that eagerly anticipates each new mix and lively performance at their events.

His first mix released to the general public, NAIJA VIBES, became an instant hit. Subsequent successful releases include RUSH HOUR, which features dance, pop, edm& urban sounds and his famous African mixes GIDI VIBES, AFROBEATS SESSIONS, AFROBEAT GROOVE and many more. In total, he has over 14 million views on YouTube and over 1.5 million plays on Soundcloud.

Deemaks has played at some high profile events worldwide including the annual Sfinks Festival in Belgium, Toronto Harbourfront’s Hot & Spicy Festival, Toronto’s African Fashion Week After Party and many more. He has been billed alongside DJs like Walshy Fire (Major Lazer) and was most recently the Canadian tour DJ for R2Bees.


How did you get involved in music?
I’ve been involved since I was about 15. I DJ’ed high school events and I never stopped.

What are your top 3 Afrobeats songs right now?
Wizkid – Final


What are your top 3 Soca songs right now?
Machel Montano and Tarrus Riley – Memory


Where can we find you online?
Twitter: @deemaks
Instagram: @djdeemaks
Soundcloud: DJDeemaks


Anything else you would like to add?
Gumbo is about to be lit… 🙂



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