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About Us

Kool Out Entertainment is a South African based nightlife brand focusing on Hip HopFunkSoul, and Jazz. They host live music events in both Cape Town and Johannesburg. KOL founder, DJ ID Akio Kawahito has held resident status in clubs in Japan and the Netherlands before settling in Cape Town. Dj Raiko, whose career begun in 1998, has established himself as a DJ, producer, broadcaster, promoter and writer. The two run the overall Kool Out Entertainment operations.


Kool Out Team


Akio ‘DJ I.D’ Kawahito – Creative Director

Akio Kawahito aka DJ ID is an internationally recognised DJ having held resident status in Nagoya (Japan) and Amsterdam (The Netherlands) before settling in South Africa. Akio started Kool Out Lounge in Cape Town in 2008 and has turned it into one of South Africa’s most influential Urban and Hip Hop brands. In addition to hosting artists such as Talib Kweli, DJ Babu, People Under the Stairs, Pharoahe Monch, and Blu/Exile, Akio has opened for artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean, Skyzoo, Planet Asia, and Slum Village. Akio was nominated for DJ of the Year in 2012 by the South African Hip Hop Awards and has been Brand Ambassador for various campaigns such as Nokia and Play Energy Drink.

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Banesa Molauoa Tseki – PR, Events Coordinator and Creative Producers

In 2009, her second year of university, Banesa and three of her partners started an events, marketing and Promotions Company called B.A.N.K Productions that served as the link to the increasingly growing Cape Town student market. Since then she went solo and began freelancing as a Publist and Events Manager in and around Cape Town. She joined the Elite Brands and Great Experiences teams which dealt with tobacco and alcohol activation around the western cape as Regional Manager. After graduating from UCT she continued with her PR work working with frozen yogurt boutique Myog and pop-up store Rewardrobe.

In her recent move to Johannesburg, she has worked with various artists and brands with regards to PR, operations  /artist management as well as running both corporate and urban events.


Verdine ‘P-Kuttah’ Petersen – Events Coordinator

Having honed his DJ skills in ’98 at the legendary Le Club Hip Hop Sessions alongside DJ’s Blaze & Bionic, P-Kuttah (Also known as Pay_Per-Kut) relocated to Durban where he professionally started his DJ career in 2004 becoming one of Durban’s biggest club DJ’s. In 2009 joined Hip Hop crossover band Tree Houses On The Sea AKA T.H.O.T.S. who went on to win the “Durex Battle Of The Bands” competition in 2010. He has been a tour DJ for Jozi, Da L.E.S, L-Tido & currently Toya Delazy & is the african tour DJ for California/L.A. based Hip Hop outfit Pac Div. He was voted “Best Hip Hop DJ 2009” by sahottestdjs.com & has opened for Hip Hop international acts like Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Pharrell, Pharoahe Monch, Chris Brown, Grand Master Flash & DJ Jazzy Jeff. He is also a member of SA recording stable Raw-X Studios alongside P.H, Yanga, A-Reece & Lunatik & one 3rd of the concept band “Sampling Through The Ages” #STTA consisting of DJ Raiko & drummer extraordinaire J-Star.



Sizwe ‘Reason’ Moeketsi – Artist/Content Conceptualiser

This talented lyricist has been an extremely relevant figure in the country’s local hip-hop scene for a while and his ability to create music with undeniable substance makes him a standout artist in the industry . He has also managed to craft 3 well-received albums in the form of “The Reasoning”, “Audio 3D”, and finally “Audio High Definition” and also secured collaborations with other esteemed artist such as AKA, Khuli Chana, Tumi, and HHP just to name a few. Between his duties of being a busy recording artist< Reason also contributes to Kool Out by providing guidance in  terms of the company’s event coordination and overall brand.

  • igy75@hotmail.com

    DOPE……ILL WEBSITE. Love it.

    May 26, 2014 at 12:18 pm Reply
  • Rizzle

    Hi there, I would like to know the address to Kool Out Lounge in Johannesburg.

    June 6, 2014 at 7:58 pm Reply
  • Flair

    Jazz & Hip Hop. 2 of my favourite things. Also loving this website

    June 9, 2014 at 10:56 pm Reply
  • outboxologist

    Koolout is what South Africa definitely needs in a time where there is so much diversity and growth where subcultures are involved, this brand definitely has direction and is open to a market that has been left stagnant and hasn’t been challenged by the masses at all. Lets hop that KOL will be that special something that the South African Hip Hop/ music community has been waiting for. Thank you outboxologist.blogspot.com

    July 10, 2014 at 9:23 am Reply
  • Isabella Mtshali

    Grate support,thank you.

    July 18, 2014 at 12:14 am Reply
  • Precious

    I love your site and I love your movement, keep it up. Also, Id like to join your movement in any way possible if possible, I really love what you guys are doing and I would love to be a part of it.

    August 5, 2014 at 6:14 am Reply
  • Sienna Blake


    When is Kool Out Ent. coming to Durban? Trust me, we have talent in my city

    November 13, 2014 at 7:44 am Reply
  • Lady Ming

    This website is way too awesome!! Well done

    December 4, 2014 at 12:26 pm Reply
  • manqoba Nkabinde

    The website is pretty awesome guys, how do i submit my tracks for download?

    March 4, 2015 at 5:32 pm Reply
  • Victor

    This is a great platform for artist to showcase their skill maintaining the element of hip hop bringing people together, big ups Koolout!

    September 4, 2015 at 6:37 pm Reply
  • Slashfire Sokhela

    I’ve gone through this site , its very insightful and has authentic content! Big ups!

    September 10, 2015 at 5:07 pm Reply
  • Mandla

    Any last Sunday events in Cape Town on the 28th of August?
    Great concept guys.

    August 23, 2016 at 10:13 am Reply
  • Hazel Kimani

    Good morning
    I would like to inquire about media passes for the Tom Misch event on 1 April 2017.

    Kind regards

    March 2, 2017 at 11:51 am Reply
  • Phumlani Mashele

    Looking forward to the Sunday Gig.

    January 25, 2018 at 3:28 pm Reply
  • Phumlani Mashele

    Looking forward to the Sunday Gig.

    January 25, 2018 at 3:28 pm Reply
  • IndigoKid

    I would like to be on the shortlisted of performers on your up coming events ,how do I get short listed?

    June 12, 2018 at 3:14 am Reply

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