Lakuti has been announced as Panorama Bar's newest resident.
The DJ, booking agent and Uzuri Recordings curator, and co-founder of party series Bring Down The Walls and Your Love alongside partner Tama Sumo, will join the likes of Barker, Paramida, Sedef Adasi and Virginia as a resident at the esteemed Berlin institution. Lakuti — real name Lerato Khathi — has been a regular DJ and event curator at the club for over a decade.
Announcing the news in an Instagram post, Lakuti confirmed that Berghain's in-house agency, Ostgut Booking, would now be taking care of her bookings. Speaking about the residency she said: "Happy to announce that I have now been given the opportunity to become an official Panorama bar resident. Thank you for all the incredible support that people have shown me and my endeavours over the years. I owe every achievement to that support. I come from a poor working class family in Soweto. I am grateful to my mother for encouraging me into believing in myself and that I can achieve anything and everything that I set my mind to and that I am just as worthy as everyone else.
"This encouragement has been my philosophy through out the years. I hope this achievement encourages kids in Soweto and every other townships, kids in Brazil, Detroit and beyond, that their contribution matters and they have something to offer. I hope this also encourages Black women in their 40’s and beyond that they too matter and their creativity is an asset. I hope to see more people like myself A Black & Queer African woman in their 40’s ++, being given these opportunities."
Lakuti will make her debut as a resident this weekend (21st May) at Klubnacht alongside Roman Wings, Sedef Adasi, Ryan Elliott and Marie Malaria.
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