Boiler Room touched down in South Africa. There was a big suspense on where the event would be held and considering that you couldn’t purchase tickets, things were even more mysterious. All people had were a guest list that included some South Africa’s top performers OkMalumKoolKat, Black Motion, Black Coffee, DJ Shimza and Culoe de Song.
A very commercial line-up for those who have followed Boiler Room around the world but with OkMalumKoolKat being the only performing artist in the line-up, this raised a lot of eyebrows. That didn’t stop any one from partying on Thursday night.
Only thing required was to signup of Ballantines South Africa’s Facebook page and it was go, people stood a chance on winning tickets. The attendance was very impressive and those who were there were treated to free Ballantine’s mixed cocktails throughout.
OkMalumKoolKat went first, he truly pulled in the crowd, they circled him, danced with him and he jumped in the CDJ decks. You cannot deny OkMalumKoolKat as one the performers to watch as he engages with the audience.
Culoe de Song followed up and really got people dancing. Playing his popular productions and keeping the crowd pleased throughout. The real surprise is when he wore an African mask and put an incredible show. All this as 3 people stood behind him in dark clothing and masks on. This might be a new side to Culoe de Song.
DJ Shimza stepped up and what a master of tricks he was, truly an honour to watch as he mixes and keeps the crowd dancing. His ability to mix track, play with the cue button and add effects on the songs is something everyone has to see. He shows what fun 1 can have when doing what they love.
After DJ Shimza we were blessed by Black Motion who dropped the tempo and started all over again. A very tricky move which paid off as their performance went on. An interesting thing is that they don’t play their own songs, which was refreshing. The drummer really had things going but not to be outdone, the DJ moved around and jumped on the CDJ deck and kept things interesting.
And then Black Coffee arrived, this was what everyone was waiting for. This was truly something worth repeating. Everyone that has seen him play always comes back with an amazing review. He played to a point where the crowd asked for 1 more song but he ended up playing 2.
Everything was done well, a 30 minute hiccup though at the beginning of things but after that everything ran smoothly. The biggest disappointment was actually some of the crowd that stood back and watched things as they socialized another disappointment was the screen behind the performers that wasn’t being utilized to their fullest potential with a loop that kept playing.