Jenifa Mayanja

Bu-Mako Recordings / Sound Warrior – US

Upcoming Gigs
12/21/17 Zurich Zukunft Israel
12/21/17 Haïfa Kabareet Israel
01/13/18 Paris La Bellevilloise France
01/20/18 Berlin Tresor Germany
03/03/18 Naples Duel Club Italy
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Ugandan born Jenifa Mayanja has been deeply entrenched in the underground deep house music scene for more than 25 years since the early 90’s staking her claim in New York. Steadily rising through the ranks Ms. Mayanja’s profile has maintained an underground buzz that has her earned her a revered place as the “first lady of deep house” and a reputation for being an innovative, fearless and respected musical ambassador for house music culture and for women in the music business.
The underground culture that Jenifa Mayanja planted roots in began in New York for her as a serious music selector and music buyer at the now defunct legendary record store “Dancetracks”. This also led to an opportunity to learn firsthand about running a record label working for “Spiritual Life” owned by Joe Claussell.
They say New York djs know how to be able to work any kind of situation because crowds are tough to please, well Jenifa got an education that built her into the kind of fearless dj she is today. Holding down weekly residencies at major clubs and as a main stay of the East Village thriving lounge scene of the 90s honed her technical skills and ability as a dj to move seamlessly through genres. During this time Jenifa was also heavily involved in the creation of two beloved parties Hamsa and Bumako part of a wave of non-club parties favored by music lovers and dancers in search of a place to dance freely and to a wide array of music .
Jenifa’s creation of the Bumako Recordings label in 2007 introduced the world to the naturalistic deep house sound she is known for as an artist and has led her musical vision for the Bumako label. The “Woman Walking in the Shadows” album in 2011, really set her apart from the fray and brought a new kind of attention to her signature world infused house music. She has also been at the helm of a variety of signature remixes for artists and labels of the likes of Nina Kraviz, Ethereal Sounds Anton Zap’s label, Soul People Music Fred P’s label, Altered Mood Recordings, Street Knowledge while also providing original productions for labels like Big Bait, Abstract Theory and recently Orbits Records run by the Bass Cadet Crew.
While other djs value quantity, Jenifa Mayanja’s DJ ethos has been about bringing music culture, quality and love to the game. She has played multiple times at Panorama Bar, Fabric London, Output/Panther Room New York, along with appearances at Rex Club, Concrete Paris, Djoon and beloved events like Freerotation, Horse meat disco and Heideglühen to name a few.
Jenifa Mayanja is also involved with two other labels EDJ and Sound Warrior. The EDJ label she co-owns with her famous other half DJ Jus-Ed. The Sound Warrior label she also co-created with Dakini 9 to showcase music production exclusively produced by women now boasts 4 major release including a double vinyl compilation featuring 9 other incredible women to be released April 2017. With her 3rd album “What a strange dream” coming in the summer of 2017 and upcoming long players on Sistrum, & Deep Art, Jenifa Mayanja continues to be a force to be reckoned with in her own right as an artist, dj and label owner with a distinct musical signature.
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Artist Selected Releases
2017 – Orbit 02 (Bass Cadet Records)
2016 – W-ee 05 (W-EE Records)
2016 – Human Nature EP (deepArt Sounds)
2015 – V/A – Warrior Tones (Sound Warrior Rec.)
2013 – Undersoul EP w/Marco Nega (Bu-Mako Recordings)
2011 – Women Walking in the Shadows LP (Bu-Mako Recordings)
2010 – Music for Adults (Bu-Mako Recordings)