This week, I am giving a shout out to those who thrill us in the City of London. The guys who weekly, get stuck behind the decks and thrill us with the best dance tunes and floor fillers at our parties and in our clubs. There is a massive pool of highly talented DJs in London – many of them having reached cult, show biz celebrity status. Without these showbiz stars, our parties will be no parties at all.
These are, in no particular order, my Top 10 London-Naija Disc Jockeys
DJ Abass is one of the most known Nigerian faces in theUK. He started off as one the pioneers of the London-Naija entertainment scene in the early 90s. DJ Abass is also one ofthe founders of the Nigerian corner of the Notting Hill carnival – a street corner party where Nigerians congregate to rave during the world known annual event.
He also works as a TV presenter, events organiser, events marketer, media and events consultant.
has been a DJ since the early 80s and recently celebrated 30 years in the industry with a massive bash that hosted over 500 revellers. One of the most famous Naija DJs, he founded and hosted the extremely popular Jeans Carnival and the Black and White Carnival in Abeokuta, Nigeria before moving to the UK in the early 90s. DJ KC is very highly in demand and he guest plays at various events, major clubs and venues in and outside of London. He is the resident DJ at The Bosk Lounge in Wembley.
DJ Omo Whyte
Omo Whyte is another highly famous and well known DJ whose career started from Benin City Nigeria where he played the famous Limit Nite Club in Benin City A contemporary of DJ Abass an DJ KC, he also moved to the UK in the 90s and has established himself as a top DJ whose
shows are usually packed to the fullest.
Kashif Da Flash
Kashif Da Flash is a prolific events organiser as well as a DJ. Popularly known as the Famous Turntablist, hiscareer stared back in Nigeria in the 80s. In the early 2000s, he organised the mammoth Nigerian Carnival whichboasts of crowds of thousands of Nigerians and other nationalities. He has since established himself as one ofthe most preferred DJs at events, parties and clubs. Heis nowadays mostly known for the highly popular monthlyOld School Nation parties.
Segun Shillol or ShyShy started as a radio DJ with OGBCAbeokuta in the 80s. He has worked as a club promoter as well as events organiser since moving to the UK. A close ally of Kashif, he co-organises the Old School Nation parties among many others.
DJ Deoba Authentic started his career in the 90s after being mentored by the likes of DJKC. He is now a Radio DJ/Radio Presenter and plays at high profile events andvenues in and outside of the capital. Recently, Deoba has also ventured into music, his first love, and has released a number of singles including the floor filer “L'agbo Tiwa” He currently resident DJs at Broadway Lounge in South East London and has a weekly show on Colourful Radio.
DJ Shola Bee
Shola Bee is another extremely well know Naija DJ in London. He works as a Club Promoter who's linked to venues such as Steam Bar and My Tribe Club where he also plays regularly. He is also an event organiser responsible for shows such as Ankara carnival.
Dj Ladi came to the UK in the 80s and was a major player at the major West End clubs at the time that there were very few Naija DJs in the UK. He was resident DJ at
Steam Bar Paddington for many years.
Ade is another of the pioneer brigade of Naija DJs in the UK. Having been around since the 80s. He was the first ever DJ to play at the Naija Corner of the Notting Hill Carnival. DJ Ade is now the resident DJ at My Tribe Club in South East London.
The King of the new generation of Naija DJs in London, Unbeetable is a full time DJ who is very popular among younger Nigerians and the preferred choice to play at weddings and other events featuring
young people. He plays the Annual Universities Spring Break festival and the Afrobeats Festival . He plays at the Steam Bar on Saturdays and on Sundays, he plays regularly at the Black and White Lounge .
Copyright Jummy Ariyo
London Digest Column for City People Magazine June 2015