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Meet the crew

Kool Out Concepts is a South African based events brand focusing on Hip Hop, Funk, Soul, and Jazz. They host live music events in both Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Consisting of Akio Kawahito (Founder & Creative Director), Banesa Tseki (Events Coordinator and Artist Manager), Verdine Petersen (Online Content Producer & Events Coordinator), Sizwe Moeketsi (Artist & Art Director) & Sithembiso Herimbi (Engineer & Producer). 

The first event, Kool Out Lounge, was started in May 2008 to fill a gap in the Cape Town music scene. It conceived as a free platform for underground Hip Hop artists, lyricists, poets, and Hip Hop lovers to come together and share their love for Hip Hop without commercial music influences. Within the first year, it became Cape Town’s largest monthly Hip Hop event through its events Kool Out Lounge & Kool Out Live.

In November 2009, Kool Out expanded into international acts bringing L.A. Hip Hop duo People Under The Stairs to South Africa. This widely successful tour paved the way for future international tours by John Robinson, Rass Kass, DJ Babu, Blu and Exile, Akil (Jurassic 5), The Gaslamp Killer, Talib Kweli, PAC DIV, Pharoahe Monch, Mobb Deep, BADBADNOTGOOD & Skyzoo.

Kool Out is currently South Africa‘s longest running national Hip Hop brand & acts as a consultant to various corporate entities and music festivals such as Sprite Uncontainable & Play Griffen Session.

Kool Out are also the founders of the popular monthly rooftop event Koolin In The City.