An experienced music curator and producer, Uzuri artist agency and label head, a sought-after educator on dance music’s history and a critical voice of the scene, Lakuti takes on many roles. Born and raised in Soweto, South Africa, Lerato Khathi’s passion for music came early on in life, inspired by her family’s expansive record collection. Over the course of three decades, Lakuti established herself as a respected and beloved DJ, playing both clubs, festivals and arts events on all continents as well as hosting countless nights at Berghain / Panorama Bar where she and Tama Sumo launched the events series Bring Down the Walls and Your Love, celebrating guests from the Black and LGBTIQ+ communities both in and outside the DJ booth.

Emotion and passion instead of pure functionality–these are Tama Sumo’s DJ characteristics in a nutshell. She started out in 1993 at Drama bar in Kreuzberg, one of the first bars to ever feature its own DJ at the weekend and an important hang out for the scene before going to the clubs. In 2001, Tama Sumo also began regularly playing at Dance With The Aliens at the old OstGut, which eventually opened the door to a residency at Berghain / Panorama Bar shortly after the club opened. Not satisfied with remaining static as a DJ, Tama Sumo’s sets have developed to cover House, Techno, Jazz, Disco, Broken Beat, Soul, Funk, Afro Beat, always approached with intuition and heart.

Lakuti by © Alison Miller, 2022
Tama Sumo by © Sven Marquardt
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