Kizomba

Interview: DJ X-tra

Hailing from the beautiful country of Luxembourg, Patrizio Monteiro, aka DJ X-tra is a seasoned DJ both locally and internationally.  He is one of the organizers of Kizomba Luxembourg, one of the biggest Kizomba festivals in Europe.  DJ X-tra is known for his versatility; he’s always keeping it fresh and will leave you craving for more on the dance floor.  He DJs at the biggest clubs in Luxembourg and can spin everything from hip-hop to ghetto zouk. We caught up with DJ X-tra in Los Angeles before his set at Kizomba After Hours.

Tell me about your background.

I was born in Italy while my mom was studying in college. My whole family is from Cape Verde. Later, I moved to Luxembourg and that’s where I’m currently living.

Tell me when you started DJ’ing.

I started DJ’ing almost ten years ago. I’ve been DJ’ing hip-hop and top 40 music since school. It’s always been a part of me and will continue to be, even before Kizomba and my aunt’s influence.

When did you get into Kizomba?

Kizomba came into my life with my aunt, who is a big fan of Kizomba. Growing up, I was forced to learn to dance passada and she was always playing Kizomba, Ghetto Zouk, Kompa, & Semba - which I eventually grew to love.

Describe your sound.

It’s “extra”(laughs), every set is different and I always try to do something new focusing on the crowd in front of me. The crowd is my inspiration and is what determines how the night will turn out.

What genre do you like to play most?

All music. I play everything I like and make myself dance and groove to the beat which ultimately transmits to the dance floor.

What’s your favorite song at the moment?

There’s so many….but right now I would say Atrevido by Djodje.

What’s a scary moment you had while DJing?

One time there was a concert for Djodje in Luxembourg and the music stopped mid-set. It wasn’t my fault, thankfully, but the sound turned off and I had to scramble to fix it. Thankfully, I had a mixtape of DJ Chu, which helped me out.

What was one of the most memorable moments?

It was when I was playing for Booba, a French rapper. It was a special moment for me because it was my first time DJing a big concert.

What’s your favorite movie?

The Intouchables.

When did you decide you wanted to become a DJ?

When I was really young… around 14. I used to see my cousin play in Holland, Danny Delgado - shout out to him. Yeah, saw him DJing all the times with big names like Afrojack and Lil Bow Wow. I think he pushed me to do what I’m doing today.

Who inspires you?

DJ Khaled. I love his positivity, it drives me forward.

What’s something that you live by?

Happiness and positivity. I always try to be myself and bring joy to people.

What are your plans for the rest of the year and going into 2020?

I’m going to focus more on marketing and producing.

Keep up with DJ X-tra by following him on his Facebook or Instagram.

My Nairobi Experience

Arriving in Nairobi was much like arriving in Los Angeles- hot and dry with stop and go traffic. It took a little over an hour to arrive to the hotel in Westlands neighborhood of Nairobi.

Everyone I met was really nice and friendly. I met people from South Africa, Uganda, Nairobi, Germany, and the US. The event I was there to film was the 2019 Nairobi Kizomba Sensacao Festival.

Friday night was bumping as the DJs kept the vibe going with solid track selections and transitions. The only other time I heard such great Kizomba music was at the Miami Beach Kizomba Festival. The music was so good that I couldn’t help but shazam all weekend. Below is a compilation of songs I came across over the weekend:

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Saturday and Sunday were full days of workshops. On Sunday afternoon, I was able to visit a local animal sanctuary and get some b-roll shots of crocs and monkeys. The weekend was concluded with a really fun pool party. It was great to unwind and dance Kizomba, Bachata, and Salsa at the pool.

Below is the vertical recap of the festival along with demos of the headliners. The last video at the bottom is a fun travel video I created with an old Sony Handycam Camcorder CCD-TRV58 that records analog.

Montreal is Kizomba 2016

This was the 2nd edition of Montreal is Kizomba aka Kizomba Sem Limite hosted in Montreal.  It was a pleasure working with the two amazing promoters - Gerry and Marie.  

The weather was perfect on the weekend of the event.  The location of the workshops and social dancing is situated in the heart of downtown Montreal.  We stayed at a nice, urban hotel located walking distance to the event and Chinatown.  Many dancers stayed at Air Bnbs in the area.  

SBKZ Media managed Montreal is Kizomba's Facebook page during the event.  We updated demos and next-day edits as the event was unfolding.  You can see all the videos we uploaded here: Facebook // Youtube

The festival was extremely successful.  The energy was next-level and everyone I talked to during the event was enjoying it.  I had the opportunity to spend time with Ricardo and Paula from Afrolatin Connection.  Filming Sara and Jojo was also another highlight.

The event was a success due to the promoters.  They are extremely friendly and warm-hearted individuals who truly love the dance, community, and music.  They know how to have a good time and throw a good event.  It all starts from the top down when running a large festival.  I foresee positive challenges for 2017 as they will be faced with the decision to find a larger location to meet the increase in dancers.

Here some videos from the festival.  Until next year Montreal!!!