Defected, Glitterbox and Sondela will make collective debuts in Cape Town and Johannesburg this December, for a whirlwind weekend of house music and disco. Across four club shows, the three brands will bring their unique event experiences to the new territory from Thursday 15th – Sunday 18th December.
Providing the soundtrack for the tour will be Defected founder Simon Dunmore, Glitterbox Radio Show host Melvo Baptiste, fan favourite and international star Sam Divine, and London’s Afro-house champions Louie Dunmore and Sef Kombo, the co-founders of Sondela. With each brand demonstrating its own unique sonic aesthetic, this combined tour will showcase the very best of Defected and its family of labels during the weekend.
Defected founder and A&R Consultant Simon Dunmore added: “I’m first and foremost a lover of good music and good parties, and South Africa shares that passion with me, so to tour these three Defected Records labels to SA in their first big summer back, is the chance of a lifetime and I can’t wait to grab it with both hands.”
“The connection and love of house music is something that South Africans hold close to our hearts. It is the soundtrack to our soul and everyday lives and dancefloor desires. So, bringing in these incredible brands to our shores is long overdue and we can't wait to show them to this whole, dance-loving country,” says Shaun Duwe, XS co-founder and promoter.
As well as the parties, Sef Kombo and Louie Dunmore will chair a panel at Bridges For Music in Cape Town, a non-profit South African organisation that Defected has supported by sponsoring five students per term since 2020. Since launching in 2021, Sondela Recordings has also donated all label revenue to the non-profit organisation gathering key players of the music industry to support responsible progress in developing countries.
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Defected Records is an independent British record label specialising in house music recordings, compilation albums, an internationally syndicated radio show, events, publishing, artist booking and management. With an online community of over 10 million, Defected has evolved into a New Era Music Company by breaking new ground through media innovations and digital activations.
Defected run events globally including stages at major music festivals and standalone club nights, as well as residencies in Ibiza since 2003. 2016 saw the inaugural Defected Croatia, a 6-day festival that draws more than 5,000 people from across the globe featuring 80+ artists from the Defected roster and beyond. The label’s event offering has continued to grow in recent years with sold out shows at world-renowned venues such as London’s Printworks and Ministry of
Sound, Manchester’s The Warehouse Project, House of Yes in NYC and new for 2022 - Defected Malta.
Glitterbox is a nightlife phenomenon, conceptualised in 2014 by Defected boss Simon Dunmore. Ever since, Glitterbox has generated an inclusive, uplifting party atmosphere designed to unite all ages, persuasions and walks of life on the dancefloor. Glitterbox parties bring the world’s most respected DJs to appear alongside emerging talents for a soundtrack that showcases dance music in its purest forms. Moving mind, body and soul, Glitterbox events bring dancers, fierce performers, drag queens and music together to make truly unforgettable moments on dancefloors around the world. Truly a force to be reckoned with in global nightlife culture.
Defected Records announced their new label Sondela Recordings on 5th February 2021 with ‘Ezizweni’ by Hyenah featuring DJ Tira and Luke Ntombela. Defected A&R Managers Sef Kombo and Louie Dunmore curate the label’s output, working closely with Simon Dunmore, and all profits go to Bridges For Music, a non-profit organisation based in South Africa, that gathers key players of the music industry to support responsible progress in developing countries, making a positive impact in disadvantaged communities and helping to raise global awareness about local issues through music.