House music was born out of the Chicago gay Black experience, and it’s a unique art form. Building through electronic repetition and a steady beat, house can inspire both an ecstatic dance or a relaxed state. For decades, DJ Shani has been something of a house music ambassador. She shares a Chicago birthplace with house, and she’s taken her love of the genre to London and Austin as a radio host and a performing DJ.
On February 26, Shani’s annual house music event, United, returns to Cheer Up Charlie’s. United Volume 6 celebrates Black History Month by featuring Black performers and hosts. Shani also stresses that everyone is welcome to boogie–after all, one of house’s core tenets is PLUR: peace, love, unity, and respect.
This week on My KUTX, DJ Shani returns for her third time as our guest DJ, serving up some of her favorite house classics from around the world. Shani shows how house can accommodate everything from Detroit techno to gospel to West African rhythms in its sound. Hear DJ Shani’s My KUTX on Saturday, February 5 at 6 p.m. or listen anytime in the player above.
- Jerome Sydenham & Kerri Chandler – “Atmospheric Beats” (original extended version)
- Osunlade – “Blackman”
- Sylvester – “Dance (Disco Heat)” [Louie Vega Re-Touch Album Edit]
- Moodymann – “Got Me Coming Back Rite Now”
- Miguel Migs – “Midnight Memories” (Jimpster Extended Remix)
- Glass Slipper – “Momentary Joy”
- Jasper Street Co. – “Praying For You”
- Rami – “Catalina” (Stefan Ringer remix)