From Zimbabwe to Leeds UK; Junior Simba is making moves as one of the leading lights in the new wave of house and dance fusionists infiltrating post-lockdown line-ups. His inimitable style is evident on party anthem ‘Hair Like You’, out through Kitsuné Musique this June.
Junior says: “Hair Like You is a project that I feel resonates with a lot of people. Most black children go through school, work and everyday life feeling like they had to change their hair to fit in. The project is deeper than hair, it’s about feeling empowered, putting this song on and bossing your day. We all wish we had something that someone else has but I also want people to know that someone out there wishes they were like you too. I want to empower people to feel comfortable in being themselves and doing their own thing AND also make people DANCE!”
Junior Simba is a breaking DJ and producer who’s sound truly draws from the elements of his rich musical background. He brings a vibrant, groove heavy rhythm to his sets, with an energy that sits somewhere between Overmono and Jayda G. Originally from Zimbabwe, Junior was brought up surrounded by the sounds of Rhumba, Kwaito and Afro- house. Once exposed to the UK electronic scene when he moved to Leeds in his late teens, his passion for producing and DJing really took flight. These distinctive influences combined create an abundance of inspiration, merging into a sound sitting somewhere between dark, tense amapiano and cosmic, zero-G Afrobeat, all wrapped with levels and levels of futuristic soul.
Rising up the northern ranks as a key DJ to watch after cutting his teeth in Leeds’ underground music scene, his discography so far has also gained him strong support at Radio from Jaguar, Danny Howard, Pete Tong, Sarah Story, Jack Saunders, Jeremiah Asiamah and Huw Stephens (BBC Radio 1), Ben Malone (Kiss FM), and key tastemaker support at Rinse FM. His release ‘Precision’ was named Essential New Tune in Feb 22. Junior has played alongside the likes of Mall Grab, Hunee, Blessed Madonna, The Chemical Brothers, Hot Since 82, Patrick Topping, Adelphi Music Factory, Chaos In The CBD, Kink, Mella Dee and more.
Junior Simba offers what few can, the ability to adapt – switching styles and energies with ease. He turns the balance of light and dark, human and machine to an artful alchemy. He is on a mission to make his mark as a creative who breaks barriers by allowing his culture to shine through, and by putting Leeds, Black and African artists at the forefront of dance music.
Hair Like You / 27 June