Over the past five years, Khetsiwe DJ DOOWAP Morgan has become known for her skilled and inventive live mix deejaying that is fast seeing her become a contender on the continent’s music scene.
Among Doowap’s most recent gigs was a slot at the first ever Afropunk Festival in Johannesburg in December 2018. “Afropunk is one of the first big platforms where we celebrate our blackness in all its glory,” she told Kweséfied at the time. “It’s become a movement and I feel so proud to be a part of it.
Doowap is known for her bass-heavy style, with her sets taking in everything from Hip Hop to Trap, Grime, Gqom and more. Her background in sound engineering undoubtedly gives her an edge: she did a Sound Engineering course when she lived in London in the early 2000s and followed that with an Audio Post Production course at the Academy of Sound Engineering (ASE) in Johannesburg.
It was while studying at ASE that she did a deejay course with DJ4Life under the instruction of Iancredible, who remains a mentor. It wasn’t long after completing the course that Doowap was scouted by YFM 99.2 and in 2013 she was tapped to present the Hot 99 Dubstep chart on the urban youth radio station.
While developing her DJing career, Doowap joined performer Lex LaFoy on the 2014 Velvet Hip Hop tour to Europe (Germany, Switzerland and Austria), with German rapper Sookee and American rapper Shirlette Ammons. The following two years saw Doowap again impact the European scene, hosting parties in Paris and Berlin and playing several key events including the Berlin Female Focus Festival and a Berlin Fashion Week afterparty hosted by Eve Without Adam.
Locally Doowap growing list of DJ appearances include the Basha Uhuru Festival (Joburg), FARO (Joburg), Oppikoppi, Zone 6 (Soweto), Throwback ChillOut (Randlords), Kitcheners (Braamfontein), Inner City Outer Space (And Nightclub), Great Dane and the Todo Ocean Festival in Mozambique.
While working with brands like Nike, Ray-Ban, Woolworths SA, Legit, SA Tourism UK, G-STAR RAW, Red Bull, Flying Fish, M.A.C., MTN, E!Entertainment, Cotton On and Levis, Doowap has continued to nurture her radio career – and has also branched out into television. She currently hosts her own show, Basspiration, on R1Wradio and was the host of the Taste Maker Series on SABC 1 as well as taking the role of style reporter for Superbalist on their online platforms.
Doowap’s half-British-half-South African heritage has seen the DJ absorb many diverse influences – both musically and as a creative. Alongside her DJing, this stylist and hair artist is known for her visual style which draws on a nineties aesthetic.