Thato Chuma and her partner are bringing about what they dub ‘The Lounge Experiment’ series to the Sky Lounge starting on August 26. She promises that those will be nights of magic where local revellers should expect something totally different – they are bringing on board something that is usually not done around here. Being a creative person who writes and sings, Chuma says in 2015 they formed a duo called Taola where they debuted a song called Shambala, offering a totally different sound from what people are used to. That gave them exciting feedback. She says Taola is just a Fusion group. They released another single last year which saw them being invited to perform in South Africa. “This has been very exciting for us. It has been a great two years of us trying to come up with totally different sound,” she declares. Chuma says they have realised that clubs around here do not cater for Live Lounge Music but rather for the kind where the DJ always plays isolated music. They want people to make their own cocktails with effects, and even though they know it is difficult for people not to use their phones, they would love if people can just ignore their phones and just have fun.
“We want to make it more visual, it will definitely be different so that when there someone can see that there are so many different things that they can do apart from listening to music,” she says. Chuma says when it comes to lounge and house music the culture and its followers remain underground and as such they saw a great opportunity to bring the refined lounge experience to the mainstream and to music lovers who enjoy the genre. “Genres such as deep house, soul, rare groove, electro and alternative pop will be explored at the event and DJs will be primarily playing vinyl. Performing at the event will be Taola, DJ Bigga who has played alongside international artists such as Talib Kweli and Dead Prez and local vinyl devotees DJ KMoe and DJ Sips amongst others,” she says. A mixologist will be in place for those who are keen on making their own signature drinks using locally sourced ingredients and inventive combinations.