The Journey to Kid Fonque Debut Album
Kid Fonque has become a vital part of South African electronic music and club culture over the last 20 years. Uniquely accomplished in both influence and scope, he is an over-achiever in every one of his roles; DJ, Producer Label Owner, Promoter and more recently, Radio Host.
Firmly established as a tastemaker in South Africa, Kid Fonque’s influence can be felt and heard in the music of the many artists he has helped nurture with his role as label manager of Africa’s seminal dance label Soul Candi Records and now his new label Stay True Sounds.
Kid Fonque’s talent is the type that refuses to acknowledge boundaries of any kind – be they genres or borders. The respect he is paid by the industry is a result of his no compromise attitude to playing and making music. Rather than following trends, Kid Fonque has always done things his own way. Importantly, every record he reaches for bares all the hallmarks of the Kid Fonque sound – a golden thread that ties all his sets together somehow.
Like a painter dabbing his brush into different hues, Fonque’s palette embraces everything from Bass and Broken Beats to Bossa Nova, Hip Hop and every shade of House – and with this open-minded approach, he’s been deconstructing dance floors at home and abroad for well over a decade. Over the last couple of years he’s played dates in Hong Kong, Dubai, the UK and Switzerland.
Kid Fonque recently started his own radio show called ‘Selective Styles’ on South Africa’s national radio station 5FM. Selective Styles has given Kid the platform to showcase the hidden talent from all over South Africa’s electronic music scene. Playing House, Soul & Hip Hop from the local community while delving into international releases weekly.
2016 started with a Boiler Room set where he was asked to represent his newfound label ‘Stay True Sounds’ and got to share the platform with Jullian Gomes with a back-to-back set recorded and played in Cape Town’s Langa.
Whether he’s behind the decks, running Stay True Sounds, preparing for his weekly radio show or in studio making otherworldly music, Kid Fonque’s sonic adventures continue to fill dance floors and thrill earholes, pay attention!
By us paying attention and after 2 decades in the game, the moment was the right time, and it was time to release his debut album I Move To A Different Beat cause he definitely moves to a different beat.
I Move To A Different Beat is not only a translation of Kid Fonque’s style in music but also the ability to work with people from across the world. Twelve tunes that Kid worked on with a handful of people including Ziyon (South Africa), Producer and Remixer Jonny Miller (UK) as well as LyricL (the UK born to Nigeria parents).
So far, the album has received positive reviews, not only from fans and music lovers but also industry giants such as Vinny Da Vinci, Christos, Julian Gomes and more who gave the project a thumbs ups.
I Move To A Different Beat is available on all digital platforms. Support local music.