I would never define myself as a battle DJ...... I’m more of a party DJ that could hold his own in a battle.
In 1992 I had a creative block, so all thoughts of returning to the DMC were out the window. By 1993 I had finally made London my home after going back and forth from Liverpool since 1990. 1994 the training began.
In 1994 on DJ 279’s show Choice FM a challenge was made to all battle DJs. Go head to head for your turntables or £300 (well something like that) This was to take place in Borderline Club Orange Yd, Manette St, Soho, London W1D 4JB.... for 279’s “Flavour of the month” Club Night, if you liked Hip Hop that was the spot.
Borderline was packed that night.... the crowd wanted blood from the DJ gladiators. There was an ominous vibe to that event. DJ First Rate came out victorious that evening and was the favourite to becoming the next UK DMC champ the following year.
1995 Being relatively unknown and studying my opponents gave me an edge. Also I had only one mission that was to make my presence known in London.
Subterania a young Black Twang warmed up the crowd followed by a performance from Mark Morrison. Then the UK final began.
I remember waiting at the side of the stage as Tony Prince announced the winners.
3rd DJ Def K
2nd DJ First Rate
I was like in my head oh shit ..... Ive won
1st DJ Kofi
I took the mic and said I’m representing Ghana....... the road to the world final began. #djkofi #therealdjkofi (disclaimer these are my memories not to be taken as historic facts other that my win.)
I used to listen to @djsircharles mixes on Choice FM around 92/93 most memorable time was, listening from the barber shop I worked in, he was cutting up LL Cool J’s “Back Seat”. I was giving someone a fade.
At that moment I knew I wanted to do mixes on Choice FM too.
Fast forward to 1995, I was teaching DJ master classes at Ghetto Gramma in Vauxhall run by @mrmiclord. @crawfordmerritt a former Choice FM DJ came by and watched me teach. I guess he was impressed he asked if I would be interested in doing mixes on radio.
He connected me with Kirk Anthony (R.I.P.) and the rest is history as they say. Merritt became my Manager/Mentor back them.
June 1995 marked the beginning of what would be 7 years as a Mix DJ/Presenter on Choice FM London. #therealdjkofi #djkofi #sircharlesmixindixon #iamkofi #choicefm
In 1991 I decided to enter my first DJ Battle. I won the South West England heat of the regional finals at club Papillon in Bristol. Made the UK Finals that year at GoldDiggers Chippenham. Thank you to my big brother Roy who drove me to both the Regional & UK finals. That year DJ Reckless took 1st place
DJ @fatherofcain__ex_djexceluk took 2nd place
DJ @olabeanuk took 3rd place
I was just happy to have my first experience which gave me the confidence for my win in 1995. #djkofi #therealdjkofi #djbattle #dmc #90s #technics
@iamkofiofficial brings you a taste of his diverse range of House/Afro-House production with his “Talking Drum” Mix EP. Journeying from the industrial sounding “No Return” to the Ashanti inspired “Anunnaki” blending into the soulful “Deep Within” and climaxing with Kofi's Afro Edit of Gorillaz feat Mos Def’s "Sweepstakes".
Bandcamp Link in Biog..... #djkofi #iamkofi #therealdjkofi
| Dj @djkofidk1 Afrobeat Madness 3years Anniversary |
You have to play to win 🤷🏿♂️ 💵💴💷💰 🎰 “Sweepstakes” Gorillaz Feat Mos Def (IAMKOFI Edit) link in biog....... #djkofi #iamkofi #therealdjkofi
#turntabletuesday It all starts here for me. Playing music on turntables just to vibe. Change my mood, get inspired. Spark an idea for production..... only to return to the turntables to play back my idea. Keeps me evolving and trying new things. “Evolution Through Turntable Revolutions” #iamkofi #djkofi #therealdjkofi
DJ Roey Marquis II , DJ Semtex, DJ Kofi & DJ Ev - One Year Marquis Club #005
Cassette - 1998 - Richter Scale 😎❤❤❤
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