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Part of the The Warehouse Project takeover
Albeit not always in the limelight, Esa Williams, the London-based South African, has been a monumental figure in the development of the electronic music scene worldwide throughout his career. Besides his multitude of production offerings since 2010, he’s used his talents in mixing, mastering and cultural knowledge to educate and collaborate with less-experienced and less-well-equipped musicians.
Through electronic music-focused educational programmes in Cuba, East Africa and south Africa, Esa has helped develop the electronic music scene in these areas via a careful amalgamation of cultural, historical, musical and technical creative outlets. For me, his most notable work to date was through the collaborations with Auntie Flo for the Highlife World Series, whereby the duo worked with musicians in the educational programmes to create a selection of EPs specific to Kenya, Uganda and Cuba. What is most profound about this venture, is that proceeds from the releases were all sent back to each region to help develop their musical ventures.
On the subject of world music, Esa also played a leading role in firing up the legacy of Ata Kak and bringing together the already legendary Ata Kak band, who found a spot at this year’s Glastonbury!
Although working strongly on important projects over many years, he’s been turning handles predominantly behind the scenes. As of late, his Worldwide FM residency and recent sets have helped propel him to the forefront of the scene. A particular highlight of his 2017 so far is his energetic and seriously groovy set from Dekmantel.
Esa is going from strength to strength as a DJ, and this year he’ll be gracing the decks at The Warehouse Project on Friday 10th November. Ahead of his gig, he’s shared with us four cuts that represent “awehness”. The word aweh, meaning “awareness” in Capetonian, refers to his continual musical journey and many musical collaborations, and is also the name of his latest EP for Dekmantel.