MUSIC HIGH FIVE: Mover and shaker Cal Jader’s musical memories

…where we hi-five local musical movers and shakers. We ask five questions to get to know the people who play regularly or contribute in other ways to Brixton’s live music scene. This month it’s the turn of Cal Jader

DJ Cal Jader at the Hootananny

What do you do and where do you do it?

I run Movimientos, an organisation dedicated to promoting Latin American music and cultural events in venues all around London including a monthly night at Hootananny and regular line ups at Pop Brixton. I’m also a DJ playing Latin, tropical and global beats all over the shop.

Favourite memories of playing in Brixton?

Our first ever Movimientos night was at the Brixtonian in 2005 – a wicked little bar that was hidden away on Beehive Place. Then our first ever big live event was a two-room Fania Records special at The Telegraph (now defunct) up on Brixton Hill. Speaking of defunct venues I always enjoyed playing down at Mango Landin’ on the Globoloco nights. Last year’s Cinco De Mayo (Mexican celebration) event at Pop Brixton was pretty epic, and we’ll be back for another one this year too.

What are you listening to at the moment?

I’m constantly listening to new Latin music for a monthly podcast on SOAS Radio. Currently on heavy rotation are new albums from Franco-Tropical group The Bongo Hop and Brazilian legends Baiana System also a forthcoming album from a local Colombian artist called Esteban Card.

Favourite album of all time and why?

I’m sorry!!! I never believe in saying one album because it’s always dependent on my mood …

Alice Coltrane’s Journey Into Satchidananda to take me into another dimension

Tribe Called Quest’s Beats, Rhymes and Life for hip hop and jazz sampling perfection

Pavement’s Wowee Zowee for perfect indie rock euphoria and nostalgia

Joe Arroyo’s Fuego En Mi Mente because it’s so representative of the incredible recordings coming out of Colombia’s Discos Fuentes label in the 80s

Where can we hear you next?

I’ll be DJing at Pop Brixton on 6 April, and the next Movimientos night at Hootananny is on the 26 April.

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