The Mixtape Vol. 178

Rosie Parade brings a half-hour mix of retrospective bops, beatsy stuff and a bit of a spring love-song thing

The champion of the underdog, the mother of the undiscovered. Rosie Parade is unafraid to embrace the unfamiliar and present these sounds in a display of musical prowess. She will be performing at the Fak'ugesi Beats Bloc Party in Johannesburg on Saturday 29 September. 

Who are you and what do you do?

I'm Coco, I f**k shit up.

What's your sound story?

Freaks come out when its time to shake.

Which bands / music did you grow up listening to and what are you into nowadays?

My taste has always been pretty broad, gotta give Spice Girls a shout out as childhood icons. I try to listen to a lot of different textures and sounds. We use music to process emotions so its good to make sure you're giving yourself a range of ways to understand things.

What's your favourite music festival and why?

Churn, a little independent music festival I put on with some friends. No sponsors, just DIY vibes on a beautiful farm and a really lush sound system.

Describe your dance style.

Adorable, with myself, finger guns as needed.

Who are your favourite artists to collaborate with?

Honeys from the Pussy Party community – honeys in general I guess.

Tell us about this mix you've made for us.

Just some retrospective bops, some beatsy stuff you might have heard me play out. Kind of a spring love song thing.

What's the best and worst part about being a South African musician?

Are DJs musicians? Also what is South Africa? The best part of being involved with music in Joburg is that we're honestly too damn cool and I'm surrounded by the freshest motherf***ers on the planet. The worst is not getting paid for all this revolutionary shit we're doing. It keeps us away from the dangers of late-stage capitalism though.

Where can we watch you play and keep up with all the things you're doing?

My home base (bass) is the old bar on the corner in Braam, currently known as Kitcheners. You'll find me on the door, behind the decks, drinking tequila and facilitating workshops with new femme and queer DJs as part of Pussy Party. I often play out at La Santa Muerte in Melville and Living Room in Maboneng too. Follow me on Twitter for my shit-talking @cocolovesdanger and Insta for pictures of my cats @coco_as_in_butter

Anything to add, please do so here...

I'm working with some visual artists on a special treat for my Fakugesi set, Rosie IMAX vibes. How much Rosie is too much Rosie? The limit does not exist.

Photo by Ben Moyo