Africa Oyé is delighted to welcome back DJ Edu and Esa Williams to DJ the main stage at Africa Oyé for the third year running in 2016
DJ Edu – Saturday, 18th June
DJ Edu has almost certainly played a major role in fuelling the love of African music in Europe and worldwide and is considered by many to be the leading DJ name in Afrobeats.
Having established his name in clubs and the party scene across Nairobi and surrounding East African cities throughout the nineties the Kenyan born DJ emigrated to the UK at the turn of the millennium carrying the 1999 Kenya Mixing & Scratching Championships trophy and immediately set to building his brand in new shores. Within two years he had cemented his name as the number 1 DJ amongst the East African communities across the UK winning further accolades and club residencies in African clubs.
In 2005, 1Xtra secured his services on a permanent basis offering him his own show showcasing the sound of young Africa – DestiNation Africa. The show features music from across West, East, North and South Africa and was an immediate success and became the first point of call for those seeking urban genres from and influenced by the diverse continent. For many today, DestiNation Africa is the earliest recollection of hearing the sound and scene we now call Afrobeats. He continues to be the pan-BBC face, name and brand that represents young Africa and he has narrated and curated many African music documentaries and projects for numerous platforms.
Esa Williams – Sunday 19th June
Drawing influences from his roots but firmly looking towards the future, Esa embodies a sound without limitations.
Esa has a developed a distinct yet and expansive musical identity. A charismatic and energy filled DJ as well as a gifted producer, his impressive and evolving output spans his early productions on his own Rememory Music label, to collaborations with Auntie Flo and the much-touted Highlife World Series.
A regular at many of the best underground parties, venues and festivals across the UK and Europe, Esa has also carved out a niche curating electronic music-focused educational programmes in Cuba, East Africa and South Africa. Continuing to further his knowledge and share his skills inspiring enthusiastic DJ’s and producers around the world.