Kutloano “Da Kruk” Nhlapo is a DJ, Producer and radio personality from Johannesburg, South Africa. He recently won the AXE South Africa DJ competition, which awarded him with an opening slot for Black Coee at the Axe Villa and Axe Yacht party on Ibiza in 2017. Then he embarked on a European tour in 2017/18, playing at numerous parties and showcases at the prestigious ADE (Amsterda m Dance Event) as well as twice Sgubhu event in Germany in Cologne thereafter, over and above the guest mixes he did for Ibiza and Italy based radio stations.
In South Africa, Da Kruk is one of the leading gures at the popular Youth Radio station YFM (www.yworld.co.za).
He hosts a weekly dance show #ThePlayersClub with live mixes by himself and an ever-changing variety of local and international guests such as Culoe De Song, Da Capo, Boddhi Satva and many more. The show was nominated at the Liberty Radio Awards under the “Best Music Radio Show” category. He is the current executive content producer / co-host of Krunch Till Lunch (9am – 12pm) and was rewarded the “Top Producer of the Year” on four consecutive occasions.
After being contacted by one of London’s most emerging urban commercial youth radio stations called The Beat London 103.6 (www.thebeat1036.com), he now boasts an African correspondent position on their Afro-House show called #theDRUMS, with a weekly feature called “DA KRUK REPORT”. To date, he has released four singles in collaboration with local artists such as Stones & Bones and The Layders, of which his biggest song “Dream Afrika” was included on the Miami Music Conference – Unity of Sound Compilation by N’Dinga Gaba and made Number 9 on the House Charts.
He is set to release two new singles in the 2nd half of 2018.
He was named as part of the Top 200 influential young people in the country by South African newspaper Mail & Guardian, making him the only DJ on the prestigious list. Da Kruk’s long experience in the media and dance music world make his sets an eclectic experience on the dance floor. Combining hard-hitting afro bangers and hypnotizing sing-along and tribal sounds, he is always delivering a perfect blend of both mainstream and underground tunes.