Dj Lynnée Denise (la, Amsterdam, South Africa )


Music that reflects my interest in uprocking, poplocking, world traveling, book reading, movie watching, youth developing culture. The WildSeed Sound.


  • The Children of Baldwin (Live and Direct from Paris)

    The Children of Baldwin (Live and Direct from Paris)

    30/05/2016 Duração: 55min

    I woke up in Paris this morning reflective and excited about how I found my way here. I’m in Paris because I’m a DJ and because I fell in love with house music enough to ask questions about its roots. In that asking I studied liner notes, read books, watched documentaries, and travelled globally to learn of house in the African Diaspora. I made my way across dance floors to get a sense of the network of underground club culture that’s existed in the name of house for multiple decades. My work as a DJ led to the development of research skills and I’ve applied those skills to unearthing the stories of hidden black artists and communities—from the areas of dance, film, literature, and music. If we don’t, who will? I’m here in Paris to shift the way people engage and understand the role of a DJ. I’m here to share the sonic stories of people buried beneath the shallow histories that place less value on the cultural contributions of women and gay folks from Black and Brown America. James Baldwin is included in my l

  • Sounds of a Global Black Analysis: The Berlin Sessions II

    Sounds of a Global Black Analysis: The Berlin Sessions II

    04/06/2015 Duração: 01h03min

    In 1985 Loose Ends performed on Soul Train and just like all other performers who graced the stage, Don Cornelius strolled up with a mic and a series of music journalistic questions. When guitarist Carl McIntosh opened his mouth to discuss how the band met, I experienced my first ever encounter with Black Britain. With a precious amount of naiveté my nine-year old mind asked, “So Black people exist outside of America and outside of Africa?” As far as I knew we were between those two places and those two places only. Prior to discovering their British voices my family had Loose Ends “Hanging on a String (Contemplating)” on repeat. It was a new soul classic, #1 on the US R&B charts, and I couldn't get enough. After their Soul Train appearance, I went through my sister's tapes to conduct a proper review of their discography, which at the time consisted of two albums (1984’s A Little Spice and 1985’s So Where are You?). I did everything I could to find out what their experiences were with love, joy, soul and

  • Bjork Rare Gems and Future Classics

    Bjork Rare Gems and Future Classics

    20/02/2015 Duração: 55min

    This mix is for Black women who love Björk Guðmundsdóttir. For some of us Björk is one of the guiding forces in the most secret parts of our emotional lives. And there is something to be said about the fact that my deepest, most intimate romantic relationships have been with Black women who speak Björk. She is one of the most brilliant artists of our time, with relevance far beyond the boringly sensational Academy Award swan dress debacle, which on the low, I believe was a challenge to American popular cultural values. Like on some fashion resistance shit. “I thought I could organize freedom, how Scandinavian of me?” During my New York years, I had the opportunity to witness Björk live at the Apollo with three other Black women. Björk at The Apollo? What a combination and what an honorable way to honor the Black folks that get down with her like that. Aside from the sheer weight of the decision to perform in Harlem, we, like thousands of her students, made sure to have loot in hand ready to buy tickets the m

  • OurBody


    27/11/2014 Duração: 59min

    A mix celebrating the last year in my 30s, please accept the answers to the deepest of questions. Track List: Nobody Else But You But You Dance Be Enough (feat. Shea Soul) Opolopo I Want U (Yoruba Soul Mix) Set Me Free (Native Roots Remix) Mr Funk Daddy, DJ Sue Into Your Story (Kai Alce Remix) Sandman, Riverside, Jeremy Ellis, Ayro I Cling (Yoruba Soul Mix) Deetron & Ovasoul7 My Desire (Jullian Gomes Remix) Copyright, Donae'o Walk A Mile (Ultra Tone Remix) Cuebur feat. Nathan X Hero (Hang Session Candi Mix) Vincemo Ft MOT Good Inside (Cuebur Remix) Ckenz Voucal Jonny Dionne Osunlade Go Downtown (Mr. V Mix) Mr. V

  • African Rhythm Fiction

    African Rhythm Fiction

    22/05/2014 Duração: 50min

    Sun Ra would have been 100 years old today and I'm in London preparing to present the soundtrack of my own brand of AfroFuturism. Please enjoy the second and final installment of the "Hibernation Series." Detroit's winter cracked my creative spirit wide open. This mix features the electronic music from Africa and space themed Black American jazz. Fix your mind for this. Satellites Are Spinning Sun Ra Space Is The Place Amapheyile Amampondo Fa Laay Fanaan (Ashley Beedle on Marz Mix) Segunguwo Robert Machiri “Take Me Out of It” Toni Morrison Madan Salif Keita Ancestry Boddhi Satva Ubatuba (BSC AfroTech Mix) Brazilian Soul Crew “Blackness” Nina Simone Moon Dance Keith Worthy Distant Planet Mr. Fingers/Robert Owens Outer Spaceways Incorporated Sun Ra Space Is The Place

  • Afro-Digital Migration: House Music in Post Apartheid South Africa Vol. II

    Afro-Digital Migration: House Music in Post Apartheid South Africa Vol. II

    30/04/2014 Duração: 01h14min

    I wrote this during layovers between Toronto and London, on my way to Amsterdam for the summer. Before I start my next voyage, I wanted to offer my musical reflections on South Africa. Three days ago (April 27, 2014), South Africa's democracy turned 20 years old. I spent much of December and January in South Africa, thanks to the support of my community of listeners, family and friends and a generous grant from The Astraea Foundation Global Arts Fund. This was my third time in South Africa; the first trip happened in 2001 and the second in 2011. The purpose of the trip was to complete the SoundTracking Our Lives Tour, a project that simulated the migration pattern of house music from the U.S. to South Africa, launching in New York, traveling to Chicago and Detroit, and finally, concluding in Johannesburg. The purpose of the tour was to document the work of women who have played a role in the evolution of house and its transmigration, and are currently active in its development. My mission was accomplished. B

  • Soulful Critical Thought: bell hooks and the Making of a DJ Scholar

    Soulful Critical Thought: bell hooks and the Making of a DJ Scholar

    20/04/2014 Duração: 01h14min

    “Your heart has to be ready to handle the weight of your calling,” is what she said casually over Korean BBQ, and for this reason and more I grew up reading bell hooks. ‘Sisters of the Yam: Black Women and Self-Recovery’ was my first dance with her mind. In it she taught me how to identify the ways that patriarchy, white supremacy and global capitalism threatened humanity’s well-being. More specifically, she challenged me to examine the ways in which our own families replicate models of oppression, sometimes trumping the need, or the awareness of the need, for self-care. bell hooks called on me to think critically as a strategy to heal from social and emotional trauma, a task that would require a lifetime of unlearning. When commissioned by Dr. Melynda Price, Chair of the African American and Africana Program at the Univ. of Kentucky to make this mix, I was struck by the fact that not a single song came to mind, which is unusual for my process. Typically I have an idea of the direction of the mix, with at l

  • Dark Black Girls (Not Complexion, Complexity)

    Dark Black Girls (Not Complexion, Complexity)

    14/02/2014 Duração: 40min

    I started compiling music for “Dark Black Girls” in Atlanta, early 2012. I wasn’t quite sure of what direction the music would head in after deciding on the first song, “When I Grow Up” by Fever Ray, a song introduced to me by the hyper-talented Faatimah Stevens, who created the visuals for the sound. In the end I learned that each song was a different iteration of reggae music, more specifically, the one drop. The mix was completed in May 2012, days before I moved to Montreal, Quebec for a stint. I decided that I would release it during a different season because I felt like the sun’s constant presence would betray my intentions for this sound. The “Dark” in the title of the mix is less about skin complexion and more about complexity. The darkness that I hear in this music speaks to that rich place in which we develop our most sacred ideas and private joy. I wanted this to be music for the highly reflective. Winter music. Hibernation and the promise of spring possibility music. Music that honored the colle

  • Funk, Faith, Praise (Fly Away Trayvon)

    Funk, Faith, Praise (Fly Away Trayvon)

    14/07/2013 Duração: 53min

    I never intended to release this mix. I considered it to be unfinished, in need of a polishing. Today, I heard it and it allowed me the space to breathe, to remember, to let go, so in that sense, it is perfect and I’m offering it AS IS. AS US. For Trayvon. Two years ago when Gil Scot Heron died I compiled and mixed music that spoke to the depth of joy and despair that filled his life, and ours as we witnessed his decline. Halfway through the mix I was confronted by the truth of Gil’s life—it represented the collective experience of the people who brave “Winter in America.” For centuries we’ve layered our bodies to survive, to endure this cold. And through activism, scholarship, art, meditation, movement, faith, we stand, sometimes shattered, but always fierce in our ability to release the pain through Gospel, Bluesy Soul, Slum Beautiful Funk. And to Marvin Gaye, Phyllis Hyman, Brenda Fassie, Whitney Houston, Don Cornelius, Vesta, Michael Jackson, Tammi Terrell, Billie Holiday, Donnie Hathaway and all the o

  • The Love Space Demands

    The Love Space Demands

    14/02/2013 Duração: 01h07min

    The Love Space Demands, is a choreopoem published in 1991, by Ntozake Shange. In it she returned to the blend of music, dance, poetry and drama that characterized For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide....Her work has been described as sexy, discomforting, energizing, revealing, occasionally smug, and fascinating.” This is true. Ntozake Shange forces the kind of reflection that creates discomfort...growth. The first time I heard the words "The Love Space Demands" I paused and dropped everything. That's it. The space, the time, the clarity, the beauty and the pain that holds the hand of growing. The process of creating a mix is an arduous one. I spend at least 3-6 months listening to each song repeatedly until I figure out the arrangement--the bigger picture. Driven by some of the hardest lessons learned by the heart, my house music rendition of Shange's choreopoem "The Love Space Demands" asks listeners to consider the inspiring and transformative range of emotions that one can feel when riding t

  • School of Badu

    School of Badu

    12/12/2012 Duração: 43min

    "The School of Badu" is a mix (compilation) inspired by one of the sexiest encounters I've had to date. Amazing what a deep soul connection with another human being can do to and for an artist. The heart is a beast. Take a ride through some of my favorite live performances and studio songs that, in my opinion, exemplify Erykah's work as the multi-dimensional, soul stirring and body moving performer that she is. Listen carefully, then pass it along. Dallas, stand up. embrace....

  • Southern Cosmology: Love Letter to Atlanta

    Southern Cosmology: Love Letter to Atlanta

    06/07/2012 Duração: 01h13min

    I moved to Atlanta from Brooklyn in March 2011 as a part of a Great (Re) verse Migration. Since being here I've been inspired by the calm of the breeze, the soul of the people and the movement on the dance floor. In circles we dance to house music, fed by rhythms that translate ancestral languages. Bass. With this mix I want to give back to ATL the love I've received, the creativity that's swinging from the history of these trees...and this dirt. Red Clay. My ancestors, my future. Take a musical journey with me as I mix some of my favorite songs from the past 3 months, some of it South African and all of it soulful and deep. I write you now from an airplane on my way to Aruba to teach babies what it is to be rooted in Music and versed in Technology. Arts Rules Aruba 2012. From the people who bring you The Chitlin Circuit: Deep House in the Deep South, we now offer to the space Southern Cosmology: Love Letter to Atlanta. Now Dance. dj lynnee denise

  • The Afro Digital Migration: House Music in Post Apartheid South Africa

    The Afro Digital Migration: House Music in Post Apartheid South Africa

    08/03/2012 Duração: 01h08min

    The moment I finished this mix, I put my headphones on and the entire thing. South Africa moves me. There cannot be a separation between the music, the history and the people. Layers. With the support of a Jerome Foundation Travel and Study grant, I paid a visit to South Africa, determined to understand The Afro Digital Migration: House Music in Post Apartheid South Africa. I wanted to explore how house music took root in South Africa and shaped its national identity. The impetus for this research was my belief that electronic music in the African Diaspora is an under-explored cultural product. As a DJ, I was driven by the clean production and seamless mixes I heard; as a dancer, I wanted to witness the intricate body movement inspired by house; and as a scholar, I wanted to figure out how, in the face of state-sanctioned surveillance and harassment, the music flourished. Special thanks and love to Clive Bean (Soul Candi) and Thokazani Mhlambi (Umtshakadulo) for answering my questions an

  • Mighty Real: The Sound of Tomorrow

    Mighty Real: The Sound of Tomorrow

    03/09/2011 Duração: 01h04min

    The second scholar provides Haiku poetry inspired by Episode 2 "Mighty Real: The Sound of Tomorrow. This is none other than the author, poet, activist, lover, freedom fighter, professor, emcee, freestyler, vocalist, edutainer, tease, father, big brother, publisher, friend, papa bear, curator, scholar, raptivist, public intellectual, spiritualist, house-head: Mr. Tim’m West. Jimmy B-boy blues wide-eyed and full like his laugh surrender to joy We close our eyes inheriting the praise dance of sinner sermons Sweet serenity baby powder voudou dust Eden where we dance

  • High Holy Days: The Children of Baldwin

    High Holy Days: The Children of Baldwin

    03/09/2011 Duração: 01h01min

    WildSeed Music NYC is proud to present its first ever double mixed cd, High Holy Days: The History and Future of House Music. Episode 1 ”“The Children of Baldwin,” explores several periods of classic house where I mix both Chicago and New York City underground gay club hits to highlight the infant stages of house music. This compilation focuses on the music of two popular clubs credited with initiating the globalization of house music: Dj Larry Levan’s Paradise Garage Club in New York City and DJ Ron Hardy’s Music Box in Chicago. Many dancers, djs and listeners from the early house music community have succumbed to HIV/AIDS. When mixing this compilation, I made a conscious decision to honor the people who built the temples where “the children” dance, but did not have a chance to tell there stories. Both Ron Hardy and Larry Levan died in 1992 from complications related to intense drug use, although Ron Hardy’s death was also HIV/Aids related. One critical point that I’ve discussed in my project is the impact

  • Paris Surrender...

    Paris Surrender...

    03/06/2011 Duração: 01h14min

    Liner notes for this mix are brought to you by my brother and friend Asadullah Saed Muhammad. His words speak truth to heart. Authenticity meets history for a future of honesty and peace. I want to love Love you like Mother Father god Introduced me to her As soon as I saw you Touch you like Black power Touched me Pick the cotton out your mind And make a cloth of you West africa and detroit Your smile Make your day With your words Write me a poem for me And hand you my art Coloring in chakras I met you today You broke my record. -asadullah saed Intro: Who Wants to get Free--Paris Hatcher 1. "Chicago Theme" Glenn Underground 2. "We can Change this World" DJ Spinna feat Heavy (Yoruba Soul Mix) 3. "Feel Love" (Nortenshun Vocal Mix) Ultra Nate 4. "Nowhere" (I Can Go) Clara Hill Atjazz mix 5. "Papawenda" Fabio Genito 6. "Wathula Nje" Black Coffee 7. "After the Club" Tommy Bones 8. No Way" Osunlade 9. "Here Comes the Sun" Nina Simone (Francois K mix) 10. Fugama Unamathe (Culoe De Song Serenity Mix) 11. "R

  • The Lonely Londoners

    The Lonely Londoners

    08/05/2011 Duração: 49min

    Drum and Bass is Black Music… On the 30th anniversary of the 1981 Brixton riots, a historic reaction to the hostility and xenophobic environment that informed the policing of African and Caribbean immigrants, I examined the ruthless desire to keep Britain White. I pulled from Sam Selvon’s 1956 novel “The Lonely Londoners,” which tells the story of the Caribbean community’s communal response to the English brand of white supremacy and their cultural preservation as a means for survival. Additionally, I sought the political, social, and musicological context of a sound that takes root in Sly and Robbie’s Reggae Music—Drum and Bass. Inspired by these histories, I’ve created a musical essay that epitomizes my long-term relationship with Black Britain and the parallel strategies of resistance that Black Americans have employed to attain basic human rights. Shout out to drum and bass pioneers Roni Size, Goldie, LTJ Bukem, Kemistry and Storm, Krust, and all the other sons and daughters of “The Lonely Londoners.”

  • Emotional Migration

    Emotional Migration

    14/04/2011 Duração: 01h02min

    Journey with me on this "emotional migration" and expand in your freedom. This heartbreakingly sexy mix was inspired by my physical transformation and geographical relocation 2010-2011. "God is Change." Intro Drop—malena perez 1. Wake With the Day —Koyla Feat Zaki Ibrahim (Boddhi Satva Afri Soul Mix) 2. Eternal Love—Claude Monnet Journey into Dub—Daugi Rodann & Timothee Milton 3. Messages from the Stars— The Rah Band (Atjazz remix) 4. Clap Your Hands—Zakes Bantwini feat Xolani Sithole 5. The Storm-Dan the Black Russian Anderson 6. Love Someone (Atjazz) Feat Robert Owens 7. At Midnight The DiscoCowboys (Steve Bugs always late mix) 8. Sleeper (Sleeper) Jimpster 9. So Astounded DJ Le Roi feat. Lady Bird -(Black Coffee Mix) 10. My World Paso Doble feat. Amera Light (Gemini Boys Mix) 11. Your Kiss—Bucie (Ralf Gum mix) 12. We Baba—Busi Mholongo (Culoe de Song, Black Coffee Mix) 13. Make Love Martin Patino

  • Pedagogy


    07/05/2009 Duração: 55min

    A collage of deep house rhythms and seamless blends! These house musical selections represent the full spectrum of sub genre interests that dj lynnee denise developed with her ear to the New York scene. Pedagogy is the first of a series of summer house mixes from an album called "Givin up Sleep for House." 1. Life Youssou N’Dour 2. Everything in it’s Right Place (Radiohead) Afefe Iku 3. Secret Recipe Fabio Genito 4. Afro Bionics –Djinji Brown 5. Casabancal Soul (Casamena remix) 6. I’ll Never Know (Touch Tuesday mix) Wil Milton featuring Lauren chaplain 7. Blue and Deep Jephte Guillame 8. Russelology—Flowriders 9. Black Man (deep soul) Gianluca Pighi Feat. Robert Owens 10. Momma’s Groove (Jimpster slip disc mix) Osunlade 11. In Da Club (Shake shit up) Mr. V 12. Karen’s Tuna John Crockett 13. Circles Nathan Adams and Zepherin Saint