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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Tama Sumo & Lakuti

Posted by Amoebite, December 11, 2018 03:07pm | Post a Comment

Tama Sumo & Lakuti - What's In My Bag?

We were delighted to have German DJ/producer Tama Sumo and London-based South African DJ and booking agent Lakuti in the Amoeba Hollywood green room recently for our latest What's In My Bag? episode. Digging into the bins at the shop, the partners in life and music found some killer 12" singles, eclectic LPs, and sentimental favorites, including Brenda & The Big Dudes' "Weekend Special." "This one is really close to my heart," Lakuti told us. "I'm South African, so when I saw this on the shelves I literally jumped." Calling her the "Madonna of the townships of Africa," Lakuti went on to explain how important Brenda was to her generation, "particularly if you were gay or queer; she really made it possible for a lot of black kids, that would not have come out at that time, to come out and be proud." It was apparent that both of the artists were very passionate and knowledgeable about their choices, which made for a fun and interesting interview. 

Tama Sumo and Lakuti are a married couple who also frequently spend time together behind the decks and serve as advocates for women and queer folx in the electronic music scene. Tama Sumo (aka Kerstin Egert) specializes in house and techno. She began her career DJing at Kreuzberg (Berlin) club Drama, before becoming a mainstay at Globus/Tresor and OstGut's gay/lesbian Dance with the Aliens parties. She is currently a resident at Berghain/Panorama Bar.

Lakuti (aka Lerato Khathi) moved to London in the '90s and launched the Süd Electronic label and series of parties. Often found DJing alongside Tama Sumo, she has made appearances at Panorama Bar and the Freerotation festival. In addition to her work as a performer, she is the head of high-profile DJ booking agency Uzuri, where she represents artists like Levon Vincent, Joey Anderson and Fred P.

Tama Sumo was excited to find a 10" by K15 called "Sunbeams" and recalled how she first heard it in the dead of winter in Berlin. "It really brought the sun out, at least on the record player," she said. Lakuti picked up a recent release by Detroit producer Wajeed, describing him as "on the same level as (fellow Detroit producers) Theo Parrish, Marcellus Pittman, all those guys." The couple each grabbed a record from the "legendary London label" Far Out Recordings. Lakuti selected a single by the Far Out Monster Disco Orchestra and Tama Sumo chose remixes by Brazilian singer/songwriter Sabrina Malheiros.

But which living jazz legend does Tama Sumo pick out? And which album does Lakuti call a brilliant, stone-cold classic? You'll have to watch the video to find out!

Tama Sumo & Lakuti - What's In My Bag?
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