Thulani Headman, also known as DJ FOSTA, is the most prolific artist coming out of Langa in the Cape Town city, home of legendary musicians.
One of his very first self released song “KHULULA” produced in 2006 remained number one on South Africa’s biggest national radio station “5FM” for five weeks. It still remains a firm favourite almost 12 years later.
DJ Fosta is a prolific producer and DJ who is influenced by South Africa’s deep house sound. He hails from the township of Langa, South Africa, the home of the legendary artist Brenda Fassie. In 2006 He founded 021 records with Sindisa “Skull” Cima to give a platform to local artists from Langa.
Dj Fosta has also been deeply involved in community projects in his township and has been an important part of the non-profit Bridges for Music.
Most notably, his first song, Khulula, a blend of Kwaito and house, remained one of South Africa’s biggest national radio hits. He is also behind Life Rhythms, a collaborative project that produced Mama by Lungiswa Plaatjie in 2013.
In 2014, DJ Fosta was invited to perform at the Glastonbury Festival in the UK. He has gone on to headline a number premier festivals in South Africa and internationally.
1.Tell us a bit about yourself and what your job entails on a daily basis.
I’m Thulani Headman, one of the founding members of Bridges For Music. I am a music producer/ Dj and an operations manager at the Bridges Academy.
2. How did your journey in the music industry begin?
I was born in a family which has a music background, my late father being a pianist and my late uncles being brass players and known as the Jazz pioneers. I started playing Piano at a very young age of 8 years and had interest to become a music producer as this was inspired by seeing my father in the industry and I was encouraged by how he played piano.
3. What are some of your career highlights?
- 2005 When we started our recording company 021 Records
- 2006 when we released our first well received single “KHULULA”
- 2011 One of our artist that I produced Busi M opening for Usher Raymonds in JHB
- 2014 First international invite and gig at Glastonbury
- 2014 Back to Back set with Skrillex
4. What and who inspires you?
My past experiences in life have inspired me through the years. My father has been one of the figures that has played a huge role in my life as an inspiration and my community.
5. Tell us about some of the work that Bridges for Music does in Africa.
Bridge For Music has been in existence since 2012 as we started hosting workshops in South Africa with the aim of inspiring young youth coming from disadvantaged communities while inviting world renowned Music producers / Djs from around the world to inspire the youth through their journey of music. We hosted these workshops in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Kenya. We are currently working on building more schools around the world.
6. What do you think FAME Week Africa can offer the Pan-African Market?
Fame Africa is a great platform that will allow all creative industries to come together and collectively find innovative ways to showcase what African creativity has to offer to the world.
7. How do you think we can grow the creative industry and bring African content to the world?
Through engagement platforms such as Fame Africa Week, we as creatives get the opportunity to come together and find ways of working together and creating solutions that will assist us to engage with the rest of the world.
8. What do you love most about our host city, Cape Town?
Cape Town is one of the greatest cities for creatives in general. It is one of the most beautiful cities in the World. Cape Town stands a great chance of being the gateway to the world for the creative industry based on the international traffic you get in CPT.
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