A longstanding DJ, curator and reserving agent, Lerato Khati AKA Lakuti has been a necessary determine of the worldwide underground for over 20 years now. Since relocating from South Africa to London in 1997, she has surrounded herself with likeminded DJs and artists, forming communities constructed on shared values of positivity and distinctive music and spreading that message on dancefloors the world over.
During her years in London she was a staple each on the dancefloor and behind the decks of a number of the finest golf equipment and bars, impressed by DJs like Gilles Peterson, DJ Harvey and Earl Gateshead. She would go on to launch music by the likes of Alan Abrahams (Portable), RüF Dug, Mary Boyoi and Akiko Kiyama by way of the her since ended Süd Electronic label.
After shifting to Berlin, she would go on to turn out to be a revered reserving agent for the likes of Levon Vincent, Ash Lauryn, Joey Anderson and extra by means of her Uzuri company. Khati’s affect, then, extends past her identification as ahead pondering DJ however as a champion of different artists.
A resident and curator at Panorama Bar, this 12 months noticed her and her accomplice Tama Sumo launch their new Bring Down The Walls occasion sequence with Larry Heard in Berghain. Marking Heard’s debut look within the hallowed venue, the ethos of Bring Down The Walls was described as, “a platform aiming to nurture a extra caring music neighborhood by way of Music presentation, discussions and screenings.”
That progressive, socially nurturing and aware ethos is one thing that Lakuti has introduced world wide by means of her life-affirming units that fuse deep percussive grooves, disco, soul, funk and classic home – a obligatory mild in a world that feels progressively darkish. This 12 months noticed her enjoying festivals and golf equipment the world over, from Tbilisi, Johannesburg and Cape city to Cocrete, Paris, Farr Festival, UK and, in fact, Berghain and past.
As the 12 months attracts to a detailed, we caught up with Lakuti to speak all issues previous, current and future – from the state of London clubbing, to Christmas at Berghain – as she serves up a 98 minute mixture of home, disco, soul and percussive groove...