Tim White

Tim White

 

He may be a veteran but he still has all the verve of the younger man who blew open willing minds during the early hours at early house and techno venues like Fourth World, and maintains the enthusiasm – and love for house music – that he had when he fired up Johannesburg’s first specialist vinyl emporium. He’s the mack daddy of deep: House Afrika’s main man, Tim White.

White really is one of the elder statesmen of South Africa’s deep house scene: an underground hero who was integral to securing the foundations of the super-healthy dance scene SA enjoys today (which is the biggest per capita on the planet).

A regular DJ at the country’s first techno and house haven, Fourth World, in the early 90s, Tim was usually on his own tip entirely, and while the rave kids always wanted it harder and faster, Tim stuck to his soul guns and became renowned for a far more sweetly laidback “Sunday Loungin’” style (“Sunday Loungin’” is also incidentally the title of one of his own tracks).

As dance culture settled down South, Tim grabbed the opportunity to birth House Afrika alongside his wife Dana, Vinny Da Vinci and Graeme ‘G-Force’ Hector. Initially a vinyl-only concern in Hillbrow (and later Orange Grove), Tim and the House Afrika team recognized the burgeoning need to pry all those special club cuts out of the DJs Only VIP room and get them into the hands of the burgeoning and increasingly bass-hungry house music market.

Once a sanctum for SA’s dance elite, House Afrika liberated the beat and began releasing the first CD compilation lines: series like ‘Fresh House Flava’ and ‘Deep House Sounds’ took the tracks that the likes of DJ Fresh, Vinny and Christos were rocking at raves and shebeens across the country and put them into CD stores, setting in motion a listening revolution for dance music fans in South Africa.

The company has subsequently had success with solo artists like Rhythmic Elements (who, in 2009, won a SAMA Award for Song Of The Year and a Channel O MVA for Most Gifted Dance Video for “2 by 2”) and in joint ventures with the likes of the Bass Breaks & Beats label, alongside whom they unleashed the Platinum-selling ‘House Afrika Sessions’ 4-CD set in 2010. This collection spawned the massive crossover hit “Fairytale” by Liquideep.

All the while Tim has remained on the fringes of the super-club scene and stayed straight and true to himself: cherry-picking the gigs he wants to do and playing the records he wants to play. This he does relatively regularly on TV shows like Vuzu’s Hit Refresh, where he’s blessing the MXiT generation with an education in “proper” house.

Studied in principles deepness, Tim White is a legend: a promoter, empire owner, producer and DJ who’s always had it right.

 

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