k-$: music to…paati to

When the DJ says “let’s patti” she’s not only talking about getting loose, but also referencing how her music intersects with her South African heritage.

by i-D Staff
05 April 2017, 6:10am

Cape Town based DJ K- $'s favourite phrase is "let's paati," she says it a lot. She is, of course, referring to having a good time. For her that can mean playing dominoes around the pool at her childhood home in the city's southern suburbs or dominating the decks at parties and festivals all across Cape Town. But it also has a less obvious meaning: flipping the more familiar "let's party," she's shouting out her identity as a coloured South African with a powerful connection to her heritage, spiritually, geographically aesthetically and most importantly, musically. Now we know what it means, lets hear what it sounds like.

Music to shift your mood from staying in to staying up all night... Kick It In (Wicked Mix), The Kick Junkie

Music for fiery arguments and emotional goodbyes...Lovesong, The Internet

Music to kiss and make up to... You Make Me Feel Brand New, The Stylistics

Music to heal a broken heart... Outro, Dope Saint Jude

Music to get high to...Silence, THEY

Music to change your night from mediocre to magnificent... Going Back To My Roots, Odyssey

Music to take a long drive to...Send It On, D'Angelo

Music to walk down the aisle to...I'll Be There For You/All I Need To Get By, Method Man ft. Mary J Blige

Music you'd like played at your funeral... Godspeed, Frank Ocean

Music to have sex to... Silkk Da Shocka, Isaiah Rashad ft. Syd

Music to celebrate your birthday to... Dlala Mapantsula, TKZee

Music guaranteed to give you serious swagger... Ice Drop, DJ Lag

Music to make even the wallflowers dance... Never Give You Up, Sharon Redd

Music to play at the afterparty when it's 6am and the sun is beginning to rise... U Go I Go, ABRA

Music that could put even an insomniac to sleep... I Was Married, Tegan and Sara



Photography Kyle Weeks

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