Battle of the Bands

ZARA JULIUS

Joburg
Zara Julius is a multidisciplinary artist, social researcher and vinyl selector based
in Johannesburg, South Africa.

In a constant state of wanderlust, Zara’s selections reflect her desire to travel land, seas and time. Her collection explores sounds from Africa and the Diaspora – Soul, Ethio-Jazz, Salsa, Afro-beat, and Cumbia are all on the decks. Zara is especially interested in the evolution of spiritual music forms from the African continent, and how they exist in the contemporary age in the form of “global bass” music.

From 2014 to 2016, Zara was a resident DJ at Cape Town’s Jazz institution, Tagore’s. Zara selects vinyl regularly in southern Africa, most notably at The Orbit Jazz Club, MTN Bushfire, Littlegig, Rocking the Daisies and Red Bull Music Festival Johannesburg. In 2017, Zara toured London, being hosted by Touching Bass, Balamii radio, Hoxton FM and Total Refreshment Centre. She has played alongside artists such as Nubya Garcia, Madala Kunene, The Brother Moves On, Shabaka Hutchings, BLK JKS, Dj Kenzhero, Andrew Ashong & DJ Spinna. Zara has also gigged in Cuba and Colombia. In 2017, Zara created KONJO with Paul WaxOn – a recurring live music event where she curates parties with a Pan African focus.