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February 17, 2009

Female DJs in Cape Town

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Long Street by night, photo courtesy Mark Holtzhausen

I have been DJing for five years and I love it. It makes me very happy to receive the weekly SMSs telling me and “all the lovely people in Cape Town” not to “miss favourite DJ Charm spinning the decks hip-hop style and playing sexy RnB all night long”.

At present I work for Cape Town Tourism and every time a tourist walks into our offices, one of the questions they ask is: “What’s the nightlife like in Cape Town?” and I say: “Come around to Friendly Society, Greenpoint, and check me out.”
They can’t believe it when I say that not only do I work for Cape Town Tourism, where I help with reservations, car hire and day tours, but I am also a DJ.

Most tourists from London, Rio de Janeiro or New York want to stay in luxury guesthouses, hire convertibles and do day tours to Cape Point, the Winelands and Cape Agulhas during the day. However, the evenings are different; most tourists want to meet the people of Cape Town in the clubs, restaurants and pubs where they hang out.

I enjoy Long Street’s famous clubs. Chrome is always packed on a Wednesday and Saturday night because my friend DJ Stacey plays there. Her style is hip hop and RnB. She really gets the crowd going and attracts a very young, vibey, spikey, Bo Kaap/Athlone crowd.

Friendly Society and Cape Quarter are both upmarket spots in Greenpoint. I play every Wednesday and Thursday – DJ Nikki and I get the party started. After each set two, three or even four people at a time come up to us and say we made them dance all night, they had a fab time, and most of the time it’s the tourists. One guy called Kim, from Luxembourg, said to me: “You just made my night, I love Cape Town and I’m definitely coming back again.”

Now that’s motivation to make Cape Town the best night spot in the world.

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