Residing in South Africa’s oldest township, Langa, Thulani Headman fell in love with music early on, inspired by old-time jazz musicians like his father, Cyril Ngcukana Headman, and his late uncles, Duke and Ezra Ngcukana.
In the late 90s, Fosta, as he's better known, began DJing with Sindisa “Skullman" Cima, but then soon found himself on the wrong side of the law and had to do a stint at Pollsmoor Prison.
However, this literally changed his life and after getting involved with a project called the Prison Broadcasting Network, he learned how to use computer software to produce music.
On release in 2005, Fosta reunited with Cima and Thulani Fesi to start up a label, 021 Records, which they formally registered as a business in 2008.
Their first song “Khulula” was well received throughout SA and was charting at number 1 for four weeks on Euphonik's show on 5FM, and was later remixed by DJ Cleo. To find out about the rest of his amazing journey read our interview with DJ Fosta after the jump.
What is Bridges For Music?
BFM is an international non-profit organisation registered in UK and the USA, happening in SA. It works with electronic music to break down racial barriers and provide education initiatives to disadvantaged youth. Our latest initiative is building the school, which started last week in my home town, Langa. This school will play an important role in our community as it will avail resources for the youth to be educated and have practical practice in studio facilities. Entrepreneurial transferable skills like marketing, finance and audio design will be taught in a period of five months, twice a year. All of this will be made accessible in our community.
Tell us about your Glastonbury experience.
Glastonbury 2014 was an exciting moment for me, as it was my first time representing SA. This was one of BFM's initiatives creating the bridge for our local talent to be showcased abroad.
Describe the weekend's RTD set?
My set for RTD was about representing our products as a label and South African styles of music. I was at first nervous about the set, however, I entertained the crowd who enjoyed what I had to deliver.
And your highlight from the festival?
Hugh Masekela is one of the greatest acts that I have seen. He's the one artist I grew up listening to, and it was an honour to perform at the same festival after all these years.
Lastly, what's happening in today's mix you made for us?
My mix is a compilation of different sounds of house coming from around the world. I believe house music is an international language and that's what I see this mix bringing to life.