Grazin’ in the Dusk w/Bonolo Mafoyane
Bonolo Mafoyane is a mother, writer, events promoter and DJ (Sumthin Brown) based in Johannesburg, having played at major festivals in South Africa including OppiKoppi, Smoking Dragon and the Joburg Street Food festivals. She has also played in Botswana and the Kingdom of Eswatini, establishing professional relationships with artists, DJs and industry professionals in those republics.
Her scope of work is mainly in the music industry as a DJ, an archivist, a cultural commentator and founder & head curator of the Disco Cheese Funk Party series held at Kitcheners in Braamfontein, Johannesburg: a discotheque-themed night where only Funk, Disco, Soul, Boogie and Groove music is played on the night.
Her politics within the space include active circumvention of gate-keeping and exclusionary concepts that recycle artists and stifle the natural flow of industry growth, as well as advocating for fair and equal treatment of women artists on and off the stage.
Sumthin Brown is also a member and co-founder of Femme Kollektive Experiment, an all-womxn DJ collective formed by 5 women collectors/selectors/DJs in 2017.
“I am an old soul obsessed with preserving old ideals, old music, old formats and old messaging. That’s me through and through. And I express this obsession in the music I play, which is music with an old flavour.”
Her other projects include her blog “Music and Musings” (link above), Three Women – a vinyl only collaborative concept with the co-founder of Not Sorry Club; Sanetran, as well as her event “Grazin’ in the Dusk, a weekly sundowner session in Pretoria.