Kimon

Kimon will be performing on the Design Indaba Music Circuit.
Kimon. Photo: Rowan Pybus/Makhulu Productions.

Without hype and without pretence, Kimon has been spreading his selection of sounds through Cape Town’s alternative party scene for the past three years. In the beginning opportunities to play African music were few, so with the help of good-tunes mentor Toby2shoes Kimon started his own party, Basement Radio.

This morphed into the landmark Kiboko series at Frieda’s on Bree, which began pulling larger crowds as word got out that there was a new groove in town. Since then things have only got better. Basement Radio’s latest incarnation, Disco Tropidelica, saw some 400 people of all shapes and sizes getting loose til the early hours. There’s nothing else like it in the city.

Kimon also collects reggae and dub, and plays it out on rare occasions. He has been known to flip character and bust heavy wobble funk from time to time. More recently he began collaborating with his sister Yanna under the name Green Tea; they play a dubby blend of hip-hop, downbeat electronica and other slow poison. And because he is an obsessive listener and likes to keep things moving, it’s never certain what sounds he’ll choose next.

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