Kool Out Entertainment is a South African based nightlife brand focusing on Hip Hop, Funk, Soul, 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.
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.