Akua is a Ghanian-American DJ, based in Brooklyn since 2015. Her practice as a DJ & producer has developed throughout the years to uniquely encompass her passion for music – not only as an apparatus for dance, but one of self-discovery, community building, & unrestricted knowledge. Drawing influence from the kinetic freedom of 90s Midwest techno, the unifying velocity of dancing, & the frenetic pace of life, the Discwoman affiliate has since helped redefine the techno sounds emerging from NYC through the multitude of her evocative, mind bending sets & exuberant mixing techniques. Akua’s tireless dedication to more freakish strains of techno & finesse encapsulates the sublime, chaotic potential of the present, while harkening back to the innovative methods & experimentation of DJs throughout history. Weaving threads of sounds new & old into a signature style of supersonic rhythm shifters, every mix of hers courses with timelessness & the most empowering qualities of rave – time dilation, expanded perspective within the mantra-like repetition of electronic rhythms, & the continuum of black futurity at dance music’s core.
All this plays out in Akua’s blazing sets heard around the world, from a residency on London’s beloved Rinse FM station, a bombastic closing slot at Berghain for Berlin’s CTM Festival, to all across the US at gathering spaces like NYC’s Nowadays, Pittsburgh’s Hot Mass, & the annual Sustain-Release festival. Further praise for her work has come from publications like DJmag, Crack Magazine, & Resident Advisor, with her Discwoman mix being named one of the “best of 2018” by RA. Original productions of hers have appeared on compilations by the NYC-based all-killer-no-filler connective imprint HAUS OF ALTR, with tracks like “Lucid Dreams” & “Interstellar Prophecy” further giving form to the inner velocity & metaphysical momentum Akua seeks to cultivate.