The multi-talented Tashinga gives us a taste of his favourite sounds, from Kingston to Abuja.
Cape Town-based photographer, videographer and DJ Tashinga Mutakwa, better known as Tashinga, is a resident DJ on the club scene. Mentored by VJ Jonno, Tashinga has been able to solidify himself as a multi-genre DJ who can create a soundtrack for any event that you need. Having shared stages with some of the biggest names in SA, today he's serving us a mix combining his first love, dancehall, with hip hop and afrobeats.
How did you get into DJing?
For as long as I can remember, I’ve enjoyed entertaining people. I believe my love for making people happy was at the forefront when I made the decision to be a DJ. Coupled with my love for music.
How have your sets changed over the years?
When I started DJing, I was into Dancehall and Grime music. That’s what I listened to at home and hoped I could bring that into the club. Over the years, I’ve been able to open up myself to a lot more music and cultures so as to successfully play a relatable set to whatever crowd I’m playing for.
Which music did you grow up listening to and what are you into nowadays? What's been on repeat recently?
Believe it or not, I grew up listening to a lot of country music. My dad is a big fan. I’m currently going through a house music phase and FKA Mash’s Get Down is definitely something you’d hear soon after walking into my apartment.
Which festivals/gigs/events are you most looking forward to?
Right now, I’m definitely looking forward to my return to Grahamstown in April. My first experience there was nothing short of amazing.
What was the first album you ever bought?
T.I.’s Paper Trail. Still one of the best hip hop albums of our generation.
Where was your favourite place to play and where can we see you now?
I’m a big fan of high energy and the old Chez Ntemba had that in abundance. It was also the first place I ever worked in the club industry so playing there was always special. Right now, I’m quite literally all over. Booked and busy, lol. So you’d have to follow me on social media to keep track of where I’m at.