It’s not a party without music!

Tavern Entertainment

Spotong sat down with DJ Infinix and Team Distant – regulars on the tavern entertainment scene – to find out what’s hot on the music scene and what you need to create the best party experiences for your patrons.

DJ Infinix

When did you start DJing and how did you get into the tavern entertainment scene?

It has to be house music! Not only because I play house music but because it is inspired by other amazing genres such as jazz and soul.

My grandmother used to own a tavern when I was a kid and she played a wide range of music, which triggered my love for entertainment and music. I started DJing in 2006, after my matric year.

Any advice on how tavern owners can create party experiences that bring in the crowd? 

People from the township like to feel special so my advice would be to always bring up-and-coming or established DJs and artists to perform for them. You also have to come up with unique concepts to create memorable party experiences. 

What has been your most memorable experience of playing in the township?
For me, it's always a memorable experience playing in the township as the patrons appreciate music.

Which genre of music is your favourite?
It has to be house music!  Not only because I play house music but because it is inspired by other amazing genres such as jazz and soul. 

How many albums/singles have you released so far that are played in taverns?
I have released two singles so far. Searching and Believe Me are hot tavern tracks and still crowd favourites!

Team Distant


When did you start DJing and how did you get into the tavern entertainment scene?

We started our DJing movement as kids using computer-based software called Virtual DJ. We then advanced to Pioneer CDJ 100s, which were a luxury in the township party scene back in those days! We just wanted to entertain as many ears as possible. We wanted to make people dance and have an experience they could reflect on many years later and tell an interesting story about us. This is why we fuse tribal drumming and DJing in our live sets, which we believe rhythmically connects African and Western musical cultures creating a new sound with great composure and uniqueness.

Any advice on how tavern owners can create party experiences that bring in the crowd?

Know your target audience, study their recreational needs and wants, hire staff and DJs who know their trade and your place will become a rock star venue! 

What has been your most memorable experience of playing in the township?

We have had countless experiences and the best aspect is the honesty of the township revellers. The crowd will always be true to the vibe. If you rock it, it will show, if you don't rock it, it will show – period!

Which genre of music is your favourite?

Surprisingly, we enjoy jazz and hip-hop when we're chilling together. Quite surprising for a house music boy-band, right? But all in all, every team member has their own preference in terms of choice of music.

What are your most requested songs when playing in the township?

Crowds everywhere would kill us if we happen to leave the stage without jamming Higher Voltage and Apollo 23, which were on our most recent EP under the UK label Aluku Records. 

How many albums/singles have you released so far that are played in taverns?

We have got two EPs out and more than 12 chart-topping singles so far. As for our debut album, it shall be heard of real soon. Watch this space!