CUL­TURAL FU­SION

DRUM - - Out And About -

T HE an­nual Cross Cul­ture Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, which took place re­cently in Cape Town and Jo­han­nes­burg, brought to­gether a di­verse, vibey au­di­ence from all walks of life. DRUM caught up with DJs Lloyd and Thee Gobbs.

HOW DOES MU­SIC BREAK CUL­TURAL BAR­RI­ERS?

THEE GOBBS Mu­sic is sim­ple. It ei­ther res­onates with one or not. It doesn’t mat­ter the genre or style, it just does.

DJ LLOYD Mu­sic al­lows peo­ple to ex­press them­selves with­out hav­ing to un­der­stand a spe­cific lan­guage or di­alect. It’s a pow­er­ful emo­tive ve­hi­cle that tran­scends all cul­tures and creeds.

NAME ONE SONG YOU THINK HAS BRO­KEN CUL­TURAL BAR­RI­ERS. THEE GOBBS Swedish House Mafia’s Don’t You Worry Child DJ LLOYD Nkalakatha by

Man­doza and, most re­cently, Wololo by Babes Wo­dumo. Both songs broke cul­tural, racial and so­cial di­vides.

HOW DO CUL­TURE AND MU­SIC IN­FLU­ENCE EACH OTHER?

THEE GOBBS Mu­sic brings cul­tures to­gether de­spite their dif­fer­ences. Cul­ture in­flu­ences mu­sic as it brings dif­fer­ent peo­ple of the same cul­ture to­gether to cre­ate a joint path through it.

DJ LLOYD The one can’t live with­out the other. Mu­sic in­her­ently in­flu­ences cul­ture in one way or an­other.

DO YOU THINK MU­SIC IS THE BEST WAY TO EX­PRESS DIF­FER­ENT CUL­TURES?

THEE GOBBS Most def­i­nitely! DJ LLOYD I wouldn’t nec­es­sar­ily say the best way. But mu­sic con­jures a mul­ti­tude of feel­ings with­out a sin­gle word. For that rea­son, I lean more to­wards say­ing mu­sic is a pow­er­ful way to ex­press dif­fer­ent cul­tures.

DJ LLOYD

THEE GOBBS

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