Zeké Africa or A Thousand Years as he sometimes goes by, is the son of South African jazz pianist Mervyn Africa. He was born in South East London, but grew up in the Devonshire countryside with his mother; a university professor. The contrasting professions of his parents and juxtaposing environments of the city and countryside have provided different perspectives that have undoubtedly influenced his creativity.
From an early age Zeké was taught to play the piano with much of his influence originating from his father’s jazz routes. Throughout the years of teenage rebellion Zeké moved away from music, but his artistic flare and compulsion to create led him towards drawing and fine art. It wasn’t until his mid teens that Zeké reignited his interest in music composition.
(Music Production & Sound Design)
Producing was a hobby Zeké was passionate about, prompting him to study a music technology course at college. He excelled in his class, leaving with a new understanding of live and electronic music production. Soon after, Zeké went on to study Music and Sonic Media at University in London, studying the ways in which sound was affectively used within film, TV, game design and music; helping Zeké to create music and sound for a number a student films and art installations.
During his time at university, Zeké started a project called A Thousand Years. The project explored the affects of music on time; compositions were complex; intricately evolving and mutating throughout their duration.
His fresh and contemporary vision of the Techno genre caught the attention of King Deluxe, a Canadian record label who have released two critically acclaimed EP’s under the pseudonym A Thousand Years, enabling Zeké the opportunity to tour Canada as a DJ, playing at festivals and nightclubs across the country.
London has heavily influenced Zeke’s musical tastes. Whilst moving to the city to study, he began frequenting many underground parties; immersing himself within the House and Techno scenes. Through links to nights like Solo Danza and People Like Us he began meeting and working with artists, DJs and producers, honing his craft by devoting hundreds of hours to the studio. As his knowledge of Techno music increased and his DJing rapidly improved, he began playing at Solo Danza; alongside artists such as Loco Dice, The Martinez Brothers, tINI, Robert Dietz and Martin Buttrich.