MASERU — With the who-is-who of the entertainment industry present, the official launch of Lulo Café’s house compilation in Lesotho was arguably the biggest party in the kingdom this Easter.
The album — Deep House Chronicles Vol 2, What About Soul? — was launched on Sunday at Setsoto Bar & Grill in Lithabaneng, 10km from the city centre.
Born Sikhululo Mike Maliwa, the 27-year-old South African DJ claims he sold 5 000 copies in February, the month the album was released.
Lulo Café has been making waves in night clubs and on the airwaves across South Africa.
Last weekend he was thrilled by the large turnout for the launch of the album in Lesotho.
“I’m very excited to be here in Lesotho. This is my third time in this country,” Lulo Café told the Lesotho Times at the launch.
“I am very amazed by the large number of people who recognise and know me in Lesotho.
“What I have learned about Basotho is that they know how to appreciate a good party.
“The turn-up is great and I am enjoying the vibe.”
Lulo Café said his album was unique because it also featured a bit of different genres such as jazz.
“It’s a very mature album,” he said. “It’s soulful house music.”
At the launch Lulo Café was supported by his Johannesburg compatriots — Gobs of SABC Radio, Slim and Elque.
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Lesotho’s own DJ Tseko was also at the show.
Lulo Café began his turntable journey back in 2003 under an ultimatum to learn mixing in two weeks to prepare for a live set at a radio station in Bloemfontein.
That set resulted in the birth of a DJ whose mind is set on telling a story behind the decks.
Over the years, Lulo Café has positioned himself as a selector of note and has developed a good ear for cutting-edge house music.
His sets vary from down tempo lounge music, deep grooves to funky selections.
This has seen him travelling around South Africa, Botswana and Lesotho.
Lulo Café has showcased his passion alongside legends like Glen Lewis, Vinny Da Vinci and Dennis Ferrer, earning himself respect from fellow DJs as well as growing his credibility under the wing of the Soulcandi label.