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.