Lakuti

Lakuti is one of the fundamental people in house music, she keeps pushing the genre’s boundaries both musically and politically, on and offside the dance floor. An experienced music curator and producer, Uzuri artist agency and label head, a sought-after educator on dance music’s history and a critical voice of the scene, Lakuti takes on many roles. A DJ and musician first and foremost, the Panorama Bar resident draws from a deep understanding of house music.

Born and raised in Soweto, South Africa, real name Lerato Khathi, Lakuti’s passion for music came early on in life, inspired by her mother’s in-depth record collection, housing some of the best in soul, funk, disco, pop and some home brewed South African pop, bubblegum, jazz and beyond. Her grandfather, a jazz aficionado also nurtured and fired up some of her musical interests by schooling her in the art of jazz. Whilst other kids would be out in the street playing, Lakuti would obsessively be recording tapes and writing lyrics to her favorite songs.

In the course of three decades Lakuti has established herself internationally as a respected and beloved DJ, playing both rising and renowned clubs, festivals and arts events on all continents, as well as hosting countless nights at Berghain / Panorama Bar where she and Tama Sumo launched the events series Bring Down the Walls and Your Love, celebrating guests from the Black and LGBTIQ+ communities both in and outside of the DJ booth.

As a musician, Lakuti’s vocals featured on records by Matias Aguayo, Violet x Elles, and Portable; as a producer she’s co-remixed a track by Swedish alt pop stars The Knife and released a track with Tama Sumo for Berghain’s in-house label Ostgut Ton anniversary compilation. Since 2020 she’s gone to host her Bring Down the Walls radio show on Universal Rhythms, giving space to new and established voices from house music and further strengthening her bond especially with Detroit’s music communities. Lakuti’s longstanding career can best be described with versatility and continuity, a neverending curiosity and profound wisdom, and a deep love for house music and the people that shape and strengthen its foundations.

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