Auntie Flo’s Cape Town connection talks us through his formative tracks, from proto-techno through to an Afropop classic.

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What’s the first record you ever bought?

Hardrive – ‘Deep Inside’. This record I first heard my father, Mervin Granger Williams, play at a wedding in Cape Town almost 20 years ago and is one of the reason I’m into house music.

The first time you remember hearing electronic music?

A Number Of Names – ‘Sharevari’. Growing up as a kid my father played most of the club music around late 80s, early 90s, but it wasn’t until visiting my uncle in Germany in 2002 that my mind was opened to electronic music. I had the pleasure of visiting some of the best clubs and seeing the best DJs play.

Your favourite ever record?

Chaka Khan – ‘Ain’t Nobody’. It’s really hard as I’ve got so many favourites. But this is one of them. It makes me happy every time I hear it and it has so many emotions attached from my journey in the UK.

The guaranteed floor-filler?

Emmanuel Jal – ‘Kuar (Henrik Schwarz Remix)’. This track pretty much guarantees the dancefloor going crazy.

The guilty pleasure?

TLC – ‘Red Light Special’. I love TLC!

The last track of the night?

Hugh Masekela – ‘Don’t Go Lose It Baby’. A favourite at our Highlife night I run with Auntie Flo, which we’ll celebrate our annual Sun Ritual party on the 16th August in Glasgow Art School.

12th August, 2014

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