Exclusive mix 69: uptempo beats and Belgian rap with Fatoo San

Half-Belgian half-Guinean Fatoo San, part of one of Belgium’s one and only female hip hop crew Supafly Collective, graces us with an exclusive mix that pairs smooth homegrown rap with foreign beats, setting the mood just right during these sultry summer days.

Can you describe yourself in a few words?

I love life and people!
I was always surrounded by many genres of music thanks to my parents. I played piano and sang in a gospel choir. My teenage friends were (and still are) all music lovers so it was definitely part of my education. In my youth, I used to listen to African and Latin music, soul, hard rock, hardcore, reggae and used to dance to house, dubstep and drum ‘n bass but “the love of my life” has always been rap music.

How did you first start making music? How does it fit into your life?

I got “more seriously” into music when I started to be a backing vocalist in 2003 for Cleo’s Family. I had an amazing experience with several bands for almost 10 years and along that road I met a bunch of passionate crazy girls girls (Lizairo, photographer – Mikigold, DJ – Vaneeshua, DJ – Young Mocro, DJ – Jee Nice, Anattitude Magazine chief editor & photographer and JoBee, singer) and we created the Supafly Collective.

The singing made a natural turn for the spinning and as I always loved to share my musical taste and make compilations, it was a real pleasure for me to be able to do so publically while having fun with the crew. Music is part of my life on a daily basis.

The love of my life has always been rap music.

Is music a full-time thing for you at the moment?

It’s not, I’m a teacher during the week. I take care of foreign teenagers who come from all over the world to follow their parents’ dream for a better future here in Belgium. I love my job and the courageous people I have the chance to meet each year. It’s a bit heavy sometimes so it’s a relief for me to escape into the music world from time to time.

Can you describe the mix in a few words?

It’s mostly influenced by chill rap and ends with uptempo/housy grooves as I always like to have a kind of progression in my selection. I’m really interested in multilingual rap and love to dig not only into the English speaking one. You’ll hear French, Dutch, Japanese, Tunisian and German rap too.

I chose 2 exclusive tracks, one by Monkey Robot from Brussels and one by Lefto featuring rapper Nag from Antwerp. Belgium is full of talented artists, it’s important to highlight them!

You can listen to this mix everywhere but I must say that I love to make mixes for people to listen to while they are doing something else like cleaning the house, walking, studying,…
I prefer to make people dance ”in real life”.

When and where did you record it?

I recorded it in my boyfriend’s studio at home on a calm afternoon. It’s a black room, full of records, CD’s, gear and cables, and it has a big blurry window facing the street on the ground floor. I can see people passing by but they can’t hear me play, I like it. I could stay there for hours.

What’s your favourite track on the mix?

The first one, from Chris Turner. I discovered it a few days ago on Bandcamp and absolutely love it! He has such an incredible voice, this cover really takes me somewhere else.

What are your top 3 albums of the year so far and why?

– Morale by Le Motel & Romeo Elvis
The beats and his voice are really fresh, they sound quite original for our Belgian scene and I like that.

– Helping Hands by Ivan Ave & MNDSGN
This producer/MC combo is one of the best from 2016 so far if you like soulful, melodic beats and soft, intelligent lyrics.

– Soeur Nature by Bonnie Banane
It’s a EP, almost from 2016. I love her voice, lyrics, originality and the producers she works with.

What do you have coming up in the next few weeks?

I had the chance to spin at Couleur Café with my Supafly Collective. I am going to this festival since early 2000 and opened one of the stages 11 years ago when I was singing for Cleo’s Family, so it was a very special event for me.
We have local gigs during the summer too and one in Berlin. Can’t wait to rock the stage with my girls Mikigold, Vaneeshua and Young Mocro!