Maya Jane Coles

24 Nov 2016
20:00 UTC

The first stop on Maya’s journey is Johannesburg, where local house legend Culoe De Song will be remixing the first track for our True Music EP.

Whilst in Johannesburg, Maya and Culoe will be headlining Boiler Room and Ballantine's True Music broadcast, alongside François K and Karizma, as well as local favourites Black Motion and Thulani the Warrior.

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Culoe de Song: Behind the Remix

250 days ago

We kicked off Maya Jane Coles' three-leg True Music tour in Johannesburg with our first remixer: South Africa's house hero Culoe De Song. This is a behind-the-scenes film shot on the ground in Jozi, exploring Culoe's place in the country's vibrant underground and the making of his remix for Maya, the first on the True Music EP.

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Maya Jane Coles "Won't Let You Down (Culoe De Song Remix)"

251 days ago

Boiler Room & Ballantine's Scotch Whisky unveil the debut track from Maya Jane Coles' True Music EP: Culoe de Song's remix of Maya's album cut 'Won't Let You Down'. This is the first of three tracks harvested from Maya's tour across South Africa, Russia & Spain – a journey to support pioneering artists, culminating in a remix EP by some of her favourite artists around the world. The EP's first remixer Culoe de Song is – in many ways – Maya's creative kindred spirit: a nationally loved house hero in South Africa with a distinctively similar approach to music-making. Deep, lithe & minimal, Culoe's rework is a steady burner with a sustained release.

Stay tuned for the full True Music EP – coming soon.

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280 days ago

Diving ecstatically through Atlantis-deep house jams, loopy acapella & big beat hip-hop records, there are few that do it like Baltimore's golden boy. Kneel to greatness.

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François K

280 days ago

The eminent Papa of NYC House makes a rare visit to South Africa. Pack fresh towels.


2Lani The Warrior

281 days ago

Raised in Jozi's East Rand, Do It Now's bossman 2Lani The Warrior returns to his home city to do the do. Unstoppable groove.

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Black Motion

285 days ago

Pretoria's pride on searing form in Johannesburg.


Culoe de Song

285 days ago

Johannesburg's homegrown hero making a long overdue return to our screens.

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Maya Jane Coles

286 days ago

Despite getting her mixer drink-drowned three minutes in, Maya closed out her inaugural True Music performance like an absolute pro. An expert journey through the deep end of house music.

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300 days ago

Ahead of François K's appearance at our True Music South Africa show, the veteran NYC track-master shares a few words on the craft.


Maya Jane Coles

When it comes to genuinely towering icons in the world of global club culture, there are few artists more appropriate to launch our True Music campaign than Maya Jane Coles. On a typical Maya record, what you get is all her: the writing, producing, arrangement, engineering, mixing, performance; and even the art design behind the sleeve artwork too. This 360 creative approach will be the driving force behind our journey through South Africa, Russia & Spain.

Every one of Maya’s performances across the journey will be different. For the first leg, we land in Johannesburg — the vibrant centre of South Africa's enormous house scene. When in Rome, she’ll be performing a set built on her deep and lithe breed of house music, packed full of new material. Lock down your aerials. 

Francis K

François K

There are few like François Kevorkian. He's a historic powerhouse of all disciplines. In the resounding melting pot of 1975 New York, it was his influential disco edits that triggered a defining new dance music zeitgeist. As a DJ, he helped craft now-legendary clubs like Studio 54, The Loft & Paradise Garage. As an engineer, he laid his stamp on the work of Diana Ross to Kraftwerk. Still to this day he holds a weekly club residency in NYC. Passion doesn't perish. Show respect!



The very fabric of house music has been woven by names like Karizma. A veteran selector since day dot, Kris Klayton came up amongst the (then) nascent Baltimore club scene in his home city. His work with partner DJ Spen & house music production group the Basement Boys is now considered legendary, featuring remixes for (no less than) Mary J. Blige, Bob Sinclair & Michael Jackson. Today, he remains a totem of true house music with all of its original values. Prepare for a masterclass.


Culoe De Song

The first remixer for our True Music EP, Culoe De Song draws inspiration from deep house and afrobeat alike. He’s consistently exhibited a studio workhorse attitude with three full-length albums under his belt as well as multiple releases on the iconic German imprint, Innervisions, gaining international recognition in the process. Culoe is not only an artist but also a global diplomat for African dance music


Black Motion

Robert Mahosana and percussionist Thabo “Smol” Mabogwane combine to form the backbone of Black Motion. The pair from Pretoria have an evocative sound that's strongly rooted in deep, tribal house, which has resulted in four full length albums and spots on numerous South African-based compilations. Their 2015 Stay True set was a highlight of the whole series - expect more of the same as we make our return to Johannesburg. 


2lani the Warrior

2Lani The Warrior has been breaking down dance floors all over the South African club scene since he started his career back in 1997. Famed for his trademark ‘sweet’ house sound and a flawless technical mixing style, his success has been the result of remaining true to his own brand of music. We look forward to his Boiler Room debut at True Music Johannesburg.


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