Soulsa ® is a portmanteau comprising the terms Soul and Salsa – Soul acting as the representation of any rhythm or sound of Black origin while Salsa serves to encapsulate the musical 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 and self-confessed vinyl junkie Mr Boogie.
Born into the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the French capital and with parents of Ugandan descent, Mr Boogie was never going to be the type of person who just played any old record. Having spent his formative years split between Paris and West Africa, in his teens he made the move to the UK where he 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 and Buenos Aires to dig deep into the vast history of Latin American music and beyond.
As his record collection grew, augmented by a catalogue of classic Jazz, Funk, Soul, Boogie 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 his Melting Pot music show on Shoreditch Radio, and Grass Roots – a regular live event at The Vortex Jazz Club in the East End. He also promotes Deep & Dope – an annual 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 other DJ bills where he has played special guest and resident slots in and around London and overseas, as well as major functions such as 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 and more recently, the 2017, 2018 and 2019 editions of BST Hyde Park Festival.
When he’s not behind the decks, Mr Boogie busies himself spearheading DASP – a DJ-led non-profit initiative conceived to support the fight against homelessness in London.
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