Kid Fonque on Silence

Hosted at WeWork Rosebank

part of a series on Silence

About the speaker

Kid Fonque has become a vital part of South African electronic music and club culture over the last 20 years. Uniquely accomplished in both influence and scope, he is an over-achiever in every one of his roles - DJ, Producer, Label Owner, Promoter, Radio Show Curator/Presenter & more recently a host of his own TV show ‘Kid Fonque Presents True Music Sessions’. Firmly established as a tastemaker in his native South Africa, Kid Fonque’s influence can be felt and heard in the music of the many artists he has helped nurture within his role as label manager of Africa’s seminal dance label Soul Candi Records and more recently his own labels - Stay True Sounds and STY TRU BTS. Kid Fonque’s talent is the type that refuses to acknowledge boundaries of any kind – be they genres or borders. The respect he is paid by the industry is a result of his no-compromise attitude to playing and making good music. Rather than following trends, Kid Fonque has always done things his own way. Importantly, every record he reaches for bares all the hallmarks of the Kid Fonque sound; a golden thread that somehow ties all of his sets together. Like a painter dabbing his brush into different hues, Fonque’s palette embraces everything from Bass and Broken Beats to Bossa Nova, Hip Hop and every shade of House - and with this open-minded approach, he’s been deconstructing dance floors at home and abroad for well over a decade. The last couple of years have seen him play dates in Hong Kong, Dubai, the UK and Switzerland to name but a few. Kid also hosts his own radio show called ‘Selective Styles’ on one of South Africa’s biggest national radio station 5FM. The weekly show has given him the platform to showcase hidden talent from all over South Africa’s electronic music landscape and allows him the freedom to play House, Soul & Hip Hop from the local community whilst delving into international releases with equal vigour. Whether he’s behind the decks, running his beloved record labels, preparing for his weekly radio show, interviewing the new school on his TV show or in studio making otherworldly music; Kid Fonque’s sonic adventures continue to fill dance floors and thrill earholes - pay attention!

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December’s Theme is Silence.

“When silence is intentional, it is valuable and restorative.”

Our Montevideo chapter chose this month’s exploration of Silence and Dani Scharf illustrated the theme.