Kinky Afro

Sub Club, Glasgow, Fri 27 Oct

Techno/Dub-step

Kinky Afro turns seven this month. Not bad for a night that started out by accident. Matt Roberts, DJ and one half of the club’s promotional team (along with Dougal Pearman) explains all.

‘We were trying to raise money to send a girl to Africa to work with street kids; she was really into her African drumming. She knew that I was quite into my music, so she asked me to come down with a friend to play music in between big long drumming sessions,’ he says. ‘The night ended up as a success, and after a couple of more support gigs with the drummers, they named it Kinky Afro, pulled back on the drumming and played a lot more music.’

The club has changed a lot over the years, and this is one of the reasons for its success, claims Roberts. ‘Whenever new musical developments come along we tend to really embrace them and get quite excited about them, so the passion keeps rolling on. Also, I’m quite a creature of habit, and doing a monthly club fits into my personality. Dougal is another famed creature of habit, so we just plug away in our own wee corner of the world.’

For their birthday celebrations, the club’s musical diversity is being aptly showcased with a sound clash between Glasgow’s techno king and former Test resident Dave Tarrida (pictured) and south London’s new kid on the dub-step scene, 18-year-old Youngsta. In Roberts own words, ‘ It will be quite a unique night.’

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