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Shimza NYC Debut

Oct 14, 202210 PM

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One of South Africa’s shining stars, DJ and producer Shimza, will stop by Brooklyn for a fiery set at Quantum! The Afro tech DJ and producer, né Ashley Raphala, started spinning at age 15 and quickly rose the ranks of the global scene. Dubbed the “Effect Master” and “Vinyl Assassin,” Shimza was signed rapidly to Black Cofee’s Soulistic Music alongside artists like Culoe De Song. His full-length album Shimuzic and singles “African Woman” and “Akulalwa” cemented his place as one of South Africa’s leading house music producers.

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With his signature Afro-tech sound, Shimza gets the crowd grooving from New York to London, Paris to Berlin, Amsterdam, Manchester, Sicily, and more. Shimza has released productions such as “Destino” on Djoon Experience, an EP for Luciano’s beloved Cadenza Music. In 2018 after signing with an agency, Shimza hit the jackpot and headlined a residency at Privilege in Ibiza. More recently, Shimza was entrusted by the producers of one of South Africa’s biggest amapiano tracks (De Mthuda, Njelic, Kwiish SA, and Malumnator) to remix “LiYoshona.”

In 2020, Shimza launched his record label, KYUNE, and announced the arrival with a sold-out debut in London. With a goal of exporting South African Afro-tech to the world, his mission quickly proved successful.

“What excites me is knowing where the music can take you,” says Shimza. “Music is like a CV: you put it out there and hope that people that listen to it can literally see themselves working with your brand. Moving forward, I would like to have collaborations with people that would open different doors to our journey and can expose us to different markets so that we not only make music for types of people or certain territories, but the music should be able to travel all around the world.”

Gray Area is honored to bring international artists like Shimza to New York City under our DEBUT event series. Learn about our vision for DEBUT here.

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