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ProgrammeThe very best Salsa, Latin Soul and Jazz, Merengue, Samba and more. Your company will be our pleasure.
BioI have had a natural love of music, which I have possessed since I was a toddler. I am (just) a little bigger now, and I love all forms of music with a melody.
I have been DJing since 1981 when a friend had an emergency at a party, and had to leave to borrow a back-up amplifier after the one he was using had blown. There I was left to hold the fort using the underpowered household amplifier, a roll of insulation tape, a box of scratched vinyl 7″ singles and 12″ albums (thankfully my copy of ’1000 Volts Of Holt’ was in good condition), 2 very disturbed turntables, a temperamental mixer, an unsteady trestle table, and the wobbly floorboards in the rear room of a Victorian house in East London which caused the records to jump every time someone walked into the room, let alone when people were dancing.
This gave me a flavour for even more, and my music policy was, and still is to play the highest quality music including salsa, Latin, classic soul, neo soul, rhythm & blues, gospel, funk, jazz, rare groove, jazz-funk, two-step chillers, mambo, bachata, merengue, soulful house, world music, reggae, ska, rocksteady, zouk & lovers rock.
Growing up, my absolute favourite genre of music was 1970′s soul. However growing up in London during the 1970′s, there was a dearth of any black music to be heard on the radio unless it was Motown or Stax.
The only way to listen to the music that I loved was for me to hit the few clubs that were sprouting up around London and the Home Counties including the occasional foray to the early days of the Caister soul weekender in Great Yarmouth (Suffolk).
The pirate radio stations of the 1980’s were playing the very best quality black music around at the time. This eventually led to me having my own radio show on the pirate station ‘Radio Horizon’. I also completed a 3 year stint presenting a hospital radio soul music show.
I had my first salsa dancing lesson during January 2001 (I wish to thank J for that), and I have been a regular dancer on the salsa scene ever since. My first salsa DJing gig was during 2005, courtesy of Salsa Buzz, and I have since played at events both in the UK and overseas, and have not looked back since.
Here in the UK I have played for many promoters including: Bless The Funk, Latinfest, Club Cubana, Salsa Nation, Salsa Wild, Mambo City, Danceaid, Let’s Go Salsa, Salsa Funtherapy, Salsa Cascara, Salsa Smile, G&G Salsa, Suffolk Salsa, The Essex Latin Festival, The Luxury Soul Weekender, United Soul, The Wheatsheaf Soul Sessions, Lazeeee Sunday Salsa & many more.
Overseas I have had the recent pleasure of returning to DJ at the Grand Hyatt in Doha (Qatar) and at Bijolo Beach Hotel & Club Poco Loco in Senegambia (The Gambia). I am also a regular visitor to DJ in the British Channel Island of Jersey and am looking forward to may more DJ events overseas.
I listen to salsa & Latin music most of the time, and I now DJ at all kinds of events including several soul and salsa weekenders & events.
Loving your show tonight my friendLongtime, loving the show, keep up the good work.....
Leon Lewis | 12/07/2017
SalsaHi hughie, hope you are well. You're keeping me company on my drive home from salsa in Hendon (sweetlead salsa with Trevor and Heidi) Jill dee
Jill dee | 24/08/2016
Big upThanks for spinning some decent Afro Hispanic rhythms much respect Ricky Jay
Ricky Jay | 11/11/2015
HeyIzzy and Bobby locked in, locked on Isobelle and Bobby
Isobelle and Bobby | 09/09/2015
VenezuelaDJ Karina played an incredible record by Louie Vega and Lusito Quintero. Please play some more of Lusito's music. Thanks. https://diasp.eu/posts/3078541 d
d | 30/04/2015
TrackGreat Kiz track m8, All of me' haven't heard it for a while :0 clyde Dickerson
clyde Dickerson | 01/04/2015
Tune nameEnjoying the show : what was that 'thank you' tune you played & who was it by ? John Simmit
John Simmit | 01/04/2015
MusicHi D J Hughie brill show just wondering any chance of playing some pachanga?😊hope you keeping ok by the way😊 James Taylor
James Taylor | 18/02/2015
feedbackNice sounds so far Hughie. Be listening Untill I go to work. Can feel your presence as I know your at the studio. It lifts my heart.😗 Dratts!! Go to go now . Jane xx
Jane roberts | 21/01/2015