The Karawane story
Is diverse and connected: Afrobeat, latin, roots reggae, jazz, hip hop, funk, rare groove, tropical, soul and ska. From the soundsystem culture of Jamaica to the block parties of New York City, it’s all about the music. No dress code, just real DJs with stacks of vinyl to cut the night around you. Listen here.
Bring food and music together, though they can be provided independently. From outdoor soundystem parties deep in the forest, to pop up parties in bothies or something to add a little spice to your venue, we invite you to join the Karawane and come together. Click here to see our upcoming events.
Each Karawane DJ has more than 20 years experience in playing music all over the world. Reading the dancefloor is a skill that takes time , and you won’t hear any iffy mixing and jarring floor-clearers at one of our nights. We came together and stay together as friends through music and skateboarding!
funk, soul, jazz, hip hop, afrobeat, salsa, french caribbean, brasilian, cumbia, roots reggae, dub, ska
Mark has just returned to his native Scotland after 20 years away, and Karawane is the product of his restless soul. His time living and travelling in Central and South America, as well as 10 years in the international scene of Barcelona have left a lasting impression on his music. He grew up on the likes of Tribe called Quest and Gangstarr, and then started to dig for the samples that made those songs, moving through funk and soul. Edinburgh’s own Messenger sound system was a massive influence, and Mark spent many years playing conscious roots dub reggae and afrobeat on the Barcelona scene. When South America opened him up to the feel of salsa dura and colombian cumbia, he became the diverse DJ he is today; playing the unexpected, and meshing a wild variety of sounds together for the dancefloor.
Plant-based chef-Left Coast Kitchen, Madre food truck
Regenerative health coach and plant-based chef, Canadian Ella Clarke is the owner of both the catering company Left Coast Kitchen, and Madre the food truck. Thanks to Ella, we can bring catering to all of our events, whether it’s ladling out black bean and sweet potato quinoa chili from a festival tipi, serving up roasted beet hummus and avocado tostadas in a bar, or drizzling cashew queso fresco over oyster mushroom carne asada tacos at a wedding reception. Ella brings to Karawane both her mother’s Mexican heritage-inspired cuisine and her mission, through many years of coaching clients, to help others eat healthy, cruelty-free, delicious foods that leave little carbon footprint behind. From Sping 2019, Madre the food truck will be ready to roll, and available to book for events that need a touch of originality and character, but Left Coast Kitchen is up and running and booking up dates fast!
funk, soul, jazz, afrobeat, latin
DJ & Producer Ali Aitken has been mixing and making beats since age 15 when he sneaked into his first club looking for the perfect beat. He has since produced tracks as Stray Electrix and Zeus Proof and co-founded the indie label Aurality Records. Currently running the Wax Lyrical nights in bars across the capital and beyond, he is a self-confessed vinyl junkie, crate digger and obsolete gear hoarder. in Wax lyrical nights he veers towards Electric Soul, Deep Disco, Fusion Funk & Jazzy House, but has brought something new out for Karawane; reaching for beautifully rich afrobeat sounds and bouncing funk & hip hop crossovers to keep the room jumping. Ali is the gear geek of the crew; always ready to set up complex DJ arrangements with gizmos which we analogues don’t fully understand.
roots, dub, cumbia, salsa, afrobeat
Cedric hails from Lyon, France, and has been in Scotland for 15 years. Owner operator of the Step it Up soundsystem, Cedric brings the roots flavour with a conscious selection. Often to be found in his home studio amidst a twist of cables and stacks of vinyl, Cedric is a music producer and gifted percussionist, he broadens the set for Karawane to a sweeping blend of cumbia, dub and Brasilian music, fused with his own guitar and percussion when he is so inclined. Cedric brings the heavyweight soundsystem for events that require that extra punch; the hand-built speaker stack that can generate enough bass to make you close your eyes and disappear into the spaces between. If you’d like us to bring the soundsystem to your event, please let us know.
funk, hip hop, roots reggae, steppers, dub, ska
World traveller and part-time highlander, Scott “Skeetz” Walker has been collecting vinyl for 25 years, and has every James Brown release there is. A huge collection of mid 90’s golden era hip hop, right through to a stack of hard-to-find reggae 7’s and funk albums aplenty. He spends half the year navigating the South China seas , and the other half in his hideaway cabin on the Isle of Skye, where he builds miniature soundsystems and disappears into the hills. Skeetz plays 100% vinyl always, and has no interest in ever going digital. If you’re lucky, you may see him at a Karawane event (as you can see, it’s hard enough to get a photo of him), and get to hear a rare selection of music from an original crate digger.