“The influence of the Beat Bangaz as a collective and individually cannot be measured across the African hip hop landscape. Pioneers in the field of Hip Hop DJing, radio and television programming, youth developmental work – the dents they cause within and outside the South African entertainment and musical spectrum will be felt for years to come,” Dr. Adam Haupt, Senior Lecturer Film & Media Studies – UCT.
The pioneering African DJ collective has it’s roots within the Cape Town hip hop culture that emerged in the early 80’s and the group has officially formed in 1999 after Ready D’s successful career as a battle DJ competing in the prestigious Technics DMC’s locally and abroad in the US, London and France. Beat Bangaz are a multi genre DJ crew with individual music tastes and deck wrecking skills. Combining these qualities are the ingredients for a longstanding collective career which spans almost three decades. Seeing the three mix, scratch and work together as a unit gives the live audience a unique visual and audio experience. Deeply rooted in Hip Hop culture gives the crew the opportunity to easily cross music genres during sets – taking the audience on a non stop music journey. As respective members of iconic South African bands like Prophets of the City and Brasse Vannie Kaap their collective and individual experiences afforded them the opportunity to exhibit their skills on international and national stages like Cape Town International Jazz Festival, KKNK, Pukkelpop Festival & more with numerous club performances. With a track record consolidated in international tours, radio, television, seminars and workshops - makes Beat Bangaz a unique South African DJ collective.
The crew consist out of E-20, DJ Ready D and Azuhl with DJ Angirl, Big Dre & Shamiel X as former members.