Soulsa ® is a portmanteau comprising the terms soul and salsa – soul acting as the representation of any beat or rhythm of Black origin while salsa serves to encapsulate the sonic essence of the Latin diaspora. Inspired by the spirit of 60s and 70s Spanish Harlem and in existence since 2005, the Soulsa ® brand is the brainchild of DJ, promoter, music industry all-rounder and self-confessed vinyl junkie Mr Boogie.
Born in cosmopolitan Paris and of Ugandan heritage, Mr Boogie was never going to be the type of person who just played any old record. Having spent his formative years split between France and West Africa, he moved to the UK in his early teens and set about putting his burgeoning love for music to good use. A keen traveller with a penchant for a dusty basement or two, Mr Boogie took full advantage of frequent stopovers in cities such as New York, Havana, Lagos and Buenos Aires to dig deep into the vast history of Afro Latin music and beyond.
As his record collection grew, augmented by a catalogue of classic and contemporary jazz, funk, soul, disco and tropical rhythms, he sought to perfect his craft in public, and soon found himself spinning weekly at the much-loved Tuesday Salsa Sessions at Shaftesbury Avenue’s Bar Rumba.
Since then, Mr Boogie has made his own distinctive mark on the London underground scene via Melting Pot - his long-running music show - and two regular live jazz events he currently oversees: Grass Roots and Jazz Juice. He also promotes Deep & Dope - a periodic party experience - alongside Montréal-based soulful house sensation JaBig and veteran London DJ Stuart Patterson.
With such an amiable personality and a bag full of top-notch tunes, his name is never too far away from major functions in and around London and overseas. He has featured at the London Jazz Festival, the London Latin American Film Festival, the UK film premiere for Soul Power, BBC Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend, the London Design Festival, every edition of the BST Hyde Park Festival since 2017 and the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium in 2023.
When he’s not behind the decks, Mr Boogie busies himself managing DASP – a DJ-led non-profit initiative conceived to support the fight against homelessness in London.
If you’d like me to deejay for you, help you find a venue or run an event, create some content for you, feature your tracks on my music show or you simply want to reach out, don't be shy and share your requirements or ruminations by shooting me a message.
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