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Whether it's in Nairobi or in Kyiv, in Bristol or in Cairo: in all the major cities of Africa and Europe, people get together in dedicated spaces to dance to music and party – and create communities, subcultures and public spheres. Club culture is a global phenomenon, but what music are these people dancing to in these cities and what music did they use to dance to in the past? In what sort of spaces do they meet up? What public spheres do they form? What do these club cultures mean to the urbanity of a city? And what happens when the club music from two different continents meet head on? More...


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Dj Raph was born in May 2011, when he acquired his set of digital decks and started learning how to play/pause/cue. But he'd been dabbling in music from back in his college days, making beats and remixes as a hobby. He decided to pursue music more seriously in 2011 when he quit his day job to set up a small, stuffy studio on Kijabe street, Nairobi. Besides music, Raph is making a transition from advertising copywriter to writer.

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DJ Raph participated in the fourth TEN CITIES episode of musical collaboration, which took the renowned Portugese producers Batida and Octa Push from Lisbon to Nairobi in April 2013. Further participants from Nairobi were Just A Band, Camp Mulla, Octopizzo, Alai K and an extended circle of musicians from Kenya. The Kenya phase was curated and facilitated by Just A Band's Bill Sellanga together with Berlin based musician Oren Gerlitz (Jahcoozi). Furthermore, in September 2013 DJ Raph partcipated in a special recording phase in Nairobi together with Rob Smith, Okmalumkoolkat and more musicians from Kenya.

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