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Kusini (Swahili for the South) is a young versatile self-taught music producer from the South. Growing up in the South where traditional southern house and kwaito music echoed in every corner and street his passion for music started at a young age. He stumbled into the electronic scene early on, developing an unwavering curiosity for sound machines, not satisfied with merely stringing together purely functional tracks, has been telling stories, this saw him make many different genres such as progressive, tropical, deep, and tribal house as the years passed.

Kusini has, without a doubt, the new entire generation of the electronic music playground – one that goes beyond strictly club and afro house.

His appetite to explore substantiates a DJ career full of subtle explorations. Kusini is a producer, meaning he gives life to an artistic idea. And working with electronic means allows for the possibilities to be expanded tenfold. The challenge is to keep a kind of certainty in spite of the doubts that arise throughout the creative process.

It was not until February 2020 when he made his official debut onto the house music scene with two tracks titled No Fear and Two Face which were part of the Compilation Elefro, Vol 01 by Grooveland Africa and features music from Nitefreak, Silvva, Afro Warriors, Ceey Chris, Murphy Cubic just to name a few. In July of 2020 he teamed up with Saint Evo’s Kenyan based record label Celsius Degree Records to deliver yet another afro banger. Ihlanze (oasis) is the title of the track which serves as an oasis itself. A place of calm and tranquility amidst life’s chaos.

His offering Baba Wedu also out of Kenyan record label Black Mambo sees fusions of afro and electronic elements with a raw male chant echoing Baba Wedu (Shona for Our Father), a prayer for the world. In the fall of 2021, the Southerner teamed up with another fellow producer Silvva and Kenyan Songstress Olivia Ambani for Show me an anthem and call to action for anyone who desires to be loved unconditionally, carried out by modern afro tech sounds, with rhythmic basses, drums and electronic melodies accompanied by sultry vocals of the talented singer from Kenya.

The Southerner looks to capture and broadcast the voices of Africa and the World alike, having worked with artists such as Kim of Diamonds (Malawi), Rage Ithwasa (South Africa) and most recent South Africa’s Toshi Tikolo who is well known for her unique voice and ethnic afro poetry. Rhiqi by M. Patrick & Kusini a vibrant Afro Progressive house track sets the pace for Lisakhanya Afro Series under Grooveland Africa Records.
Kusini looks to connect the world with the vibrant sound of Afro House Music having built a reputation for sets that thrill by the sense of coherence with which he reconciles eclectic styles on his weekly radio show Igneous live every Thursday between 5pm-6pm.

An obsessive seeker of new sounds, he assembles and blends together unlikely tracks, creating subtle contrasts that come together into singular mixes.

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