To celebrate Sondela’s highly anticipated debut event at the prestigious Ministry of Sound club, the Afro roots label hosted ‘Sondela In The Basement’ on Wednesday 17th November. Streamed across Sondela & Defected's Twitch, YouTube & Facebook channels, the intimate warm-up event featured a live panel discussion and DJ sets from headliners and champions of contemporary African-influenced dance music, including Sef Kombo, Kitty Amor, DJEFF and Vanco who also feature on the Ministry of Sound line-up.
The mighty panel hosted by Kid Fonque delved into discussions about the rise of African electronic music, while a select number of Sondela fans attended in Defected’s brand new basement space. Following this, Kid Fonque, Vanco and DJEFF rounded off the day with a DJ showcase encapsulating the Afro flavours expected to be heard at the debut club event. For those that missed the live stream or could not attend, don't worry, we have you covered, you can watch both back via YouTube.
I think it’s been a very important part for a lot of the acts [on Sondela], being recognised in the UK from other parts of the world. Sondela, and me being part of Sondela, it brings a DJ’s perspective to the label. I’ve paid my dues as a DJ and collecting records from these other labels, and kind of visualising what I would put out or not put out, or like and do not like, and that opportunity to then come in and do it with all those years behind me when other labels might not have as much club experience makes Sondela stand apart - Sef Kombo
Kitty Amor: The fact that Defected has given us this platform, to use that powerful space [Ministry of Sound] to attract attention to the likes of ourselves and most importantly to the music itself and the story that drives that music, I think that is the most powerful thing. It means a lot and I think it’s a great time to be alive in Afro house music. - Kitty Amor
Thank goodness for the likes of Sondela and Defected, who are really pushing the agenda and the issue. Hosting an evening with artists who aren’t necessarily big in this territory, you’re giving us a platform, we all need these big gigs to keep pushing what we’re about. - Kid Fonque
Sondela at Ministry of Sound will take place on 20th November showcasing a host of Afro house talent in the label’s birthplace, London. Other names on the line-up include South Africa’s premier house talents Black Motion, DJ Mag’s Afro House DJ of 2019 Da Capo and Club Bad founder and long-time friend of Defected Melé; alongside Sondela A&R Louie Dunmore and Black Coffee and Blue Marlin resident Badbox.