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Metro FM’ Lulo Cafe Simply Quintessential

Posted by radio On July - 16 - 2014

[By: Farai Diza]


He’s been referred in the media as the ‘quintessential’ DJ. Some argue that he is a shy person while most can amply testify that he is good at what he’s been doing for years – dishing out music through the airwaves and clubs.lulo3

But surely for a man who dropped out of varsity while pursuing studies in hotel management, his story is a uniquely inspiring tale that can push any dreamer to start believing.


His deck spinning name might sound exotic but his just an ordinary guy from the hood. Born Sikhululo Maliwa in the Eastern Cape, Metro FM’s Lulo Cafe has taken house music by storm having bounced on the South African scene with a bang with his 2009 Deep House Chronicles 2.


“You know the funny thing about growing up in the hood is whether you are the best looking guy or the hottest guy or you are the ugliest. You would always get teased on about something so really I didn’t grow up that confident or feeling like ‘you are the man’. I didn’t. My hood was ruthless. I was one shy guy then but now I think what I’m doing is helping me break out of it,” he exhumed about growing up.


Lulu Cafe has managed to work his way up the scene in a short space of time living proof that “you are the master of your destiny”. Since bursting the bubble, he has established himself as one of the soul and R&B house maestros ruling the roost.


His second album, What About Soul, was included in Soul Candi’s 10 year compilation CD. He has also made great strides as a radio DJ for Metro FM were he hosts AudioGasms with Naked DJ. Targeting females, the show fuses hip hop and house music elements. It starts at 19:30 – 22:00 every Friday evening.


“I play soul house. I think style is always more important, your own style, because that’s what makes you. My own sound is inspired by the music I enjoy, like soul and R&B,” Lulo smiled.

To polish up his stellar career, Lulo Cafe was awarded the 2010 Metro FM Award for the Best Compilation Album.


lulo4“I joined the University of Free State campus radio station in Bloemfontein. While learning the skill of spinning I was also working in the retail industry,” he spoke about his rise to stardom.


While most radio DJ’s stream into other entertainment platforms such as acting, modelling, and singing, Lulo Cafe cannot rule out venturing into the acting world.


“I never thought I would but it seems I’m being pulled in that direction. The first time I tried it out, it was quiet cool actually and I enjoyed it so right now I’m thinking about it but also at the same time I cant really get into someone else’s shoes and in acting you have to do that so I don’t know if I would be able to break out and do it. The first time I tried it I was acting as myself so maybe that’s why I enjoyed that part,” he testified.


Lulo Cafe’s portfolio also includes being a brand ambassador for Citroen and Head Honcho, a popular South African urban hip-hop clothing label.

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