Jami Ella G is a DJ from South Africa known for her smooth and soulful DnB selections. Having recently relocated to London, after five years playing and touring in South Africa, she says her musical passions will always be rooted in South Africa’s vibrant and diverse culture, which is reflected in her eclectic sets.
This Summer will see her playing some of the major UK festivals – among them Isle of Wight, TRNSMT Glasgow and Reading Festival. This will add to a growing list of appearances, including playing every major South African music festival with notable highlights being a headlining slot on the Red Bull Stage at Oppikoppi and playing alongside the likes of Little Simz. Jami Ella G is also behind the curation of music for internationally read platform, Unlabelled Mag, which spotlights South Africa’s creatives, both at home and in the Diaspora.
We caught up with Jami to find out a bit about her South African influences and what we can expect to hear in her sets this summer.
Brenda Fassie – Weekend Special
As soon as this song plays in South Africa, you can trust the whole crowd will be on the dancefloor. The song was released in 1983, way before I was born and before the country gained democracy – in fact at the height of Apartheid repression. But to me it signifies the coming together of so many different cultures and captures the essence of being a South African.
Drop It Down – Calibre (feat MC Fats)
I love MC Fats on anything, particularly this tune. It’ll always be a classic and it honestly just makes me happy to hear it and to mix it
Aaliyah – Back & Forth
Nineties R&B influences a lot of the sounds I make and play. I remember I had this album on CD when I was a kid and it was definitely on repeat.
Die & Break – Grand Funk Hustle
Anything by Die & Break is bound to be exceptionally produced. I rarely play a set without a Break tune in it and this is always a favourite.
Liz-E – Love 4 You
The drum ‘n bass scene needs more woman. Period. This tune by Liz-E gets me in my feels, always. It’s a release on one of my favourite labels – Shogun. She is 100% a queen on the beats.
You can catch Jami Ella G at the Isle of Wight Festival, TRNSMT and Reading festival this summer.