DJ Guelas (pronounced “Geh-Luss”) is one of the most prominent personalities in the African immigrant entertainment community, with fifteen years of experience in spinning music. His collaborations are a who’s who list of the Afro-zouk and Kizomba world of celebrities. Some of these notable names include Kaysha, Nelson Freitas, Ali Angel and Susana Lubrano. Guelas is an award nominated international DJ. From Lisbon and Rome to San Francisco and Washington, D.C., Guelas has attracted fans from across the globe with his diverse and exciting DJing sets.
Born to Cape Verdean parents in Lisbon, Luis Miguel, commonly known to his fans as DJ Guelas, is a phenomenon in the world of Afro-Zouk and Kizomba music. His passion for music began at an early age as he listened to his parents’ favorite albums from Cape Verde, Brasil, and United States, which included Morna, Coladera, Samba, Rhythm & Blues and Jazz. At the age of eighteen, Guelas immigrated to the United States. His curiosity and interest in spinning music began in the winter of 1997, after frequenting the local club scene in the New England city of Providence, RI and also in Lisbon, Portugal. He made his DJ debut in May 1998, at a local club in Providence. As a result, he was invited by the promoters to remain as a resident DJ. Since then, his career has taken off to exciting heights.
DJ Guelas is a founding member of the popular U.S.-based DJ group, Lights Out, with DJ Baby T, DJ Lefty, and DJ Chris. Founded in 2005, Lights Out’s mission is to expose and promote music artists, including DJs, in Cape Verdean communities and incorporate lusophone music in major worldwide markets. Since its inception, the Lights Out group has released over nine CDs and one DVD. They have toured various European countries as well as Brazil and Cape Verde promoting their work. The Lights Out DJs also launched crioloradio.com, a 24-hour online music radio station. Audiences can enjoy the sounds of and interact with each DJ on a weekly basis and in real time. DJ Guelas’ weekly show, Lusophone Vibes is on air Tuesday nights on crioloradio.com with audiences in all major continents. As a member of Lights Out DJs, Guelas was nominated for “Best DJ” for the 2011 and 2012 Cabo Verde Music Awards.
Dravid is a DJ of Kizomba, Zouk, Bachata and Blues. Dravid started collecting a wide spectrum of Zouk-able music and soon, what started as a hobby turned into a quest, passion and – later on – an addiction. It all culminated in becoming an amateur DJ, a couple of years after falling in love with Kizomba and Zouk. After gaining momentum DJing at local parties in the Bay Area, Dravid enrolled in a Professional DJing program to take his skill-set to the next level. Since then, Dravid has DJ’ed at International dance festivals all over the world.
K-yo has a very versatile background in dance. Before he was introduced to zouk, he was a dedicated participant in the salsa, bolero, forro, and samba dance scenes. K-yo fell into zouk in 2003 while in search for a new hobby before starting to solely focus on zouk three years later. After 6 months of immersing himself in the zouk life, he started to share his love for the dance with followers through music and teaching. As one of the main promoters of zouk worldwide, K-yo has taught several workshops in a vast array of cities: Miami, Toronto, Quebec, London, Zurich, Lisbon, and many more. Particularly in Brazil, K-yo has participated in workshops and conferences in Florianópolis, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Uberiândia, Salvador, and Porto Seguro. Aside from his role as an instructor, K-yo also DJs. As a DJ, he has had the opportunity to play in major Zouk events in both Brazil and internationally. Because of his talents as a DJ, in 2012, he received the award for best DJ of the Swiss Zouk Zouk Festival in Zurich, Switzerland. K-yo is well recognized for his Soulzouk methodology of teaching moves in zouk. Soulzouk is centralized by 4 abstract concepts that bring dancers together for the best zouk experience: Connection, Contact, Comfort, and Fun. Currently, K-yo promotes 3 internationally known zouk projects in Brazil’s capital, Brasilia- DF: Ghetto do Zouk, Ghetto Premier, and International Festival of Latin Entertainment (F.I.E.L).
DJ Selo DC
DJ Selo (aka Sami Ahmed), has become known in the local dance community for his DJing in the rapidly expanding Zouk & Kizomba scene in the DC Metro Area. Stemming from his musical roots in Capoeira, DJ Selo has an ear for music and rhythm which is evident in this musical selections in his increasingly popular sets and impeccable attention to detail that keeps his audiences dancing until the early hours of the morning. He creates sexy blends of Zouk & Kizomba music, including remixes mainstream songs, hip hop favorites and he has an impressive arsenal of Bachata & Salsa music.
DJ Selo’s talent and ability to cater to the dance community have made him increasingly popular on the national dance congress circuit. His musical talents have been part of the DJ lineup at many of the Congresses in the United States. DJ Selo has also become a regular guest DJ at The Salsa Room (TSR) and is a resident DJ for Bachata Brunch Sundays “Urban Bachata & Zouk Edition”, the newest edition to the Latin Party on sundays is the Kizomba/Zouk Power hour where its 2 hours of non-stop Kizouk.
Aside from DJing, Sami is the creator of the Washington DC Zouk & Kizomba Congress. Now in its 3rd year, the DC Zouk & Kizomba Festival anticipates 300+ attendees from all over the country and will bring renowned Zouk, Kizomba & Bachata artists from Brazil, Europe and across the US to the DC Metro Area for an amazing weekend of dance, music, performances and workshops. This event is rapidly gaining recognition and has become one of the most popular Zouk & Kizomba events in the US.
You can sample DJ Selo’s talents on his SoundCloud page: https://soundcloud.com/selocapoeira.
DJ KV began dancing salsa over 15 years ago and has been collecting music from throughout the diaspora for over 20 years. He discovered Kizomba and Semba while living in the UK in 2010 and quickly became hooked on the many various types of music and dance also including Coladeira, Funnana and Tarraxinha from the Lusophone cultures in Africa and the Zouk and Kompa rhythms of the French Caribbean.
He recently began exploring the relatively new genre of neo-Zouk and has developed a love and appreciation of the Brazilian Zouk dance. He has found the best part of this expressive genre to be that you can dance to many types of music – as long as the tracks themselves allow dancers to express the contrasting energies that make zouk a truly spiritual experience.
He likes all types of music from these genres and tries to expose crowds to both the classic hits of yesterday as well as the newest, hottest tracks from around the world. This is a DJ who believes that music is best played by dancers for dancers!