Tuesday 4 October 2016Book Charl Chaka
With music in his blood and funk in his soul, Charl’s raw energy & talent has taken him from top London clubs to festivals in South Africa, DJ residencies in Dubai to guest slots in Ibiza, Miami, London & back…
As a DJ, there is no questioning Charl’s ability behind the decks. Back in 2006 he won the Technics International DJ Competition, been voted #4 in the DJ Mag Middle East Poll of 2010 & Winner of ‘Best Local DJ’ in the TimeOut Nightlife Awards of 2012 alongside being nominated for ‘Best Local DJ’ in Ahlan, What’s On & Timeout Nightlife Awards in 2011, 2013 & 2014.
Charl is one of the original pioneers of the Dubai music industry, which is why in 2016 he was presented with the ‘Outstanding Contribution’ Award from HYPE Magazine for his impact & contribution in the Dubai Industry for over 12 years. He did book Cypress Hill for their first ever show in UAE after all! Charl is the Head Honcho of Dubai’s leading Nightlife & Music platform, Infusion Magazine. Infusion Magazine has been the authority on the UAE’s ever growing nightlife scene since 2005. Not only has Charl been directing the documenting of the city’s clubbing scene, he is part of history as the brainchild behind the award winning ‘Nasimi Beach Full Moon’ Parties, the event that has been quoted by TimeOut as “the event that changed the Dubai clubbing scene” to winning the TimeOut Nightlife Award for ‘Best Overall Event’ in 2010. Then there is GlobalFunk he ran with partner Ben McDonald, a Drum&Bass night and one of the longest standing events in this region to date. The list goes on…
Currently you can find him behind another 1st in Dubai, HOUSEofAFRIKA. Dubai’s only night dedicated the deepafro-house & being one of the 1st promoters to pioneer the likes of Black Coffee, Culoe De Song & Goldfish, HOUSEofAFRIKA has been nominated for best ‘House Night’ in TimeOut and Hype Nightlife Awards for 3 years in a row now! He has been instrumental in the annual South African Freedom Day and Heritage Day Celebrations, bringing SA artist to this region and getting the South African Community together to celebrate their Freedom and give them a “slice of home”
Not surprisingly he’s been featured in the Ahlan Top 100 List back in 2008 & currently and brand ambassador for PUMA, New Era & a official Pioneer DJ. A crowd pleasing DJ, Charl plays from the heart. His versatility has lead him to play warm ups for the biggest DJ’s and held his own at peak time slots! He is at ease playing in front of 15 000 people at Sandance or rock small intimate crowds at 360. One of the highlights of Charl’s career came in 2007, when he mixed a compilation CD for San Francisco based house heavyweights OM Records. OM:Dubai features 2 CD’s with world renowned DJ Andy Caldwell heading up CD 1 and our man from Dubai hosting CD 2. OM:Dubai is still a worldwide success selling over 12,000 copies worldwide and reached #4 on the iTunes most downloadable dance album charts! Charl’s interpretation of the Om sound in Dubai won him a wealth of critical acclaims…
“Its Charl’s mix, however, that wins top prize. Jacked to the max, this carries enough boompty-boomp to make Derrick Carter blush. It serves as a reminder that not all house has to be electronic or techno flavoured and that sometimes all you need is a classic walking bassline and a heavy kickdrum to get your groove on.” iDJ
“I was completely and utterly blown away by this mix. I’ve never heard such a funky, driving mix………into the most danceable mix I’ve ever heard on the Om label” DJForums.com
“With all due respect to Andy Caldwell, who's done some amazing work throughout his career, this collection should have solely consisted of Chaka's set, as it's not only much stronger and flows much better, but because he represents the Dubai massive scene” Machinegunfunk.com
More recently you can catch his latest mix compilation courtesy of Heads&Tails Music on Beatport.
Charl has soared effortlessly into the international dance music scene, having shared the spotlight with legendary heavyweights such as Armand van Helden, Fatboy Slim, Derrick Carter, Kenny Dope, Todd Terry, Pete Tong and underground legends Mark Farina, DJ Heather, DJ Sneak & Dennis Ferrer.
Not one to be pigeonholed however, Charl has been trusted with the duty of opening for Jamiroquai proving his versatility and capability to entertain wherever he plays. His vast knowledge and love of music has even seen him drop some energetic Drum and Bass, warming up for the likes of DJ Hype, Roni Size & DJ Marky & LTJ Bukem to name but a few.
He’s been the man called upon for key gigs in the UAE, having played at the Abu Dhabi F1 Fan Zone party to 15 000 people, Creamfields Mainstage 2010, UFC After-party at Yas Island, rocking Sandance at Nasimi Beach, shared the stage with Faithless, as well as a residency at the fashionable Bubble Lounge @ the world famous Dubai World Cup. Although Charl has been DJing since the age of 18, his real recognition came back in 1999 when he won a DJ competition at London Club Heaven. He was immediately offered a residency, playing alongside Jason Moore (The End) and Nicky Holloway (Pacha/INCredible Records) on a weekly basis. (www.heaven-london.com)
“He calmly got behind the decks when his set was called and the moment he did, the party started. He demonstrated professionalism, confidence and just locked into a groove and held it throughout his set” (Jason Moore-www.urbantorque.co.uk)
Gaining the ultimate DJ recognition, Charl entered and came runner-up in the iDJ magazine DJ competition of June 2001. “This is so darned funky, so well thought out and such an understated mix that we just had to give him the props he’s due” (iDJ Magazine 2001)
Charl worked closely with mentor Jason Moore at Heaven and gained invaluable experience. He went on to run a promote large scale events & productions and was a permanent fixture at every house club and major event in South Africa. It was no surprise when his Cape Town residency at Deluxe was voted South Africa’s number 1 nightclub in 2003 in GQ magazine!
It was in 2004 that Charl’s ambition and eagerness for a challenge found him landing in Dubai, UAE, where he currently still resides and reigns supreme. With the promise of a DJ residency at Dubai’s trendiest new bar Lotus One, Charl could exhibit his full deck ability to the ever growing Dubai crowd.
It was here that Charl championed a distinct Chicago Deep House sound & to this day is credited as being the 1st DJ to introduce this sound to Dubai. Spinning at a multitude of gigs across the UAE, Charl is now a household name and one of Dubai’s best-loved resident DJ’s.
Highlights include headlining the beach parties at Life’s a Breezer at Jumeriah Beach Club, raving sets at the Heineken Thirst competition 3 years in a row, as well as numerous sets at the former alternative club iBO & held a residency @ the infamous Deep Nights on Trilogy Rooftop on Fridays.
He has even hosted a weekly Friday night Radio Show ‘Rhythm Factory’ on Radio 1 alongside partner in crime SmokinGroove! With bookings across the UAE and remaining the jock called upon in Dubai for quality house sets, one thing is for sure…. this multi-talented music maestro has a deck for a heart and music in his soul.…..as he tattoo says “Music is Life’….
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