'Its the Drum that makes music African'
The genesis of our unique fusion of two distinctly different genres of music stems from our roots as children of Africa and our love for Electronic Dance Music. As deejays of House music, we felt that our performance was lacking a crucial element of music as we know it’ - the African Rhythm.
It was then that we embarked on a journey of discovering the possibility of introducing live rhythmic elements that would inject ‘African-ness ’ into our performances. It started with a single djembe drum and slowly the instrument arsenal has grown to include a full set of native Kenyan traditional drums called ‘bull’ a xylophone known natively as the ‘marimba,’ African Percussion shakers like the ‘Agwata’( a beaded calabash) & cowbells.
Contemporary instruments like the Saxophone and bass guitar are incorporated to drive the melodic elements of the performance. By employing the use of Traktor’s live remix decks, the Electrique Djs have perfected live beat synthesis by being able to loop sample kick drum beats and acapella vocals for the live instrumentalists to fill in. The result is high-energy, high-tempo groovy music that keeps fans on their feet all through our performance.