For the first ever time Lakuti, founder of Uzuri Recordings and Tama Sumo, Berghain/Panorama Bar resident, go b2b for an online mix, and couldn’t be more honored to be the ones who get to host it at Discwoman! They played our party in NYC back in December, which was such a beautiful time and so stoked to extend those vibes into this 2 hour mix that spans genres like no other and blends genres like no other. Find out more about Tama and Lakuti via the interview we did for them back in December, but for now we suggest you listen to this immediately and check out their quick q&a below. Gift from the gods y’all!
tell us about this mix
We selected music that we love from across the board really. From Nicole Willis to Dj Spinna to Tony Allen to some cheeky edits that we have done for our use plus more up-tempo stuff. How we would generally approach a live dj set really.
when did you start djing?
Tama Sumo: I started djing in 1993 in a bar in berlin kreuzberg called Drama. It was one of the very few bars at that time that had djs – mainly Fridays and Saturdays. It also was one of THE places where people went for a warm up before they moved on to the clubs later at night. I had my first residency there which meant I played there three saturdays per month with my friend Holger aka DJ Phierce, the person who also is responsible for me djing (thank you Holger!) Many people who were involved in clubs went there on a regular basis, my residency at Drama was the route to then playing in some of the Berlin clubs and in 1994 or 1995 I started my residency at Globus / Tresor. I also went on to play at Ostgut which was the predecessor to Berghain/Panorama Bar and finally a residency @ Berghain/Panorama into the present.
Lakuti: I dabbled in playing records back in Johannesburg in 92 when some friends and I briefly established a small club Called Planet Hendon. I made the move to london in 1997 and played different clubs there and events and went on to establish the Süd electronic parties where I was 1 of the residents. Those parties went on to run for 11 yrs.
pet peeve when djing
Equipment that is not looked after properly, dirty & worn slipmats, bad monitors, bad needles and unhelpful technicians, inferior sound quality.
what’s best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
People are generally sweet but to be honest we don’t normally sit and think about this. We are not very good with nor interested in the celebrity cult that comes with djing to be honest, would rather let the music be the focal point. What makes us happy is seeing a room full of people coming together in harmony & that is the power of music .
place you’d like to play:
We would love to connect a lot more with the african continent, so much magic out there that we want to explore.
something you want everyone to know about you
Tama Sumo: Lakuti is a very accomplished cook and loves cooking and I feel spoilt.
Lakuti: Tama Sumo makes the best Jerk Chicken in the whole of Germany which is probably not very hard lol. But seriously her jerk chicken, rice & peas and her cucumber & fresh coconut salsa is just pure fire!