Hailing from Switzerland, Cortega has built a solid DJ reputation on the Afrobeat and House scenes in Washington, DC and New York since 2005. He has played in major clubs in the region, including U Street Music Hall, Thievery Corporation’s legendary Eighteenth Street Lounge, the Warehouse:Loft , Patty Boom Boom, Liv, Science Club, Sweet Spot and Grotto (Lower East Side) among others. He has also played at major electronic music events, like Miami’s Winter Music Conference (WMC) or Earth Dance Nairobi.
During his career he has shared the decks with DJs of international renown such as Spinna, Black Coffee, Maurice Joshua, Clive Bean, Wiseacre, Sabo, Kimozaki, Oscar P, Voodoo Funk, Underdog, and Chris Burns to name a few.
Over the past year, Cortega has moved to Nairobi where he contributes to the development of the house scene, particularly through the monthly COOLOUT party in Kenya’s hip and glam venues such as Sankara, Tribe or the Vineyard.
Cortega now tours globally with his ELECTRAFRIQUE party, which blends new African electro such as Coupé Décalé, Mzansi house, Kwaito and Kuduro, with deep and soulful House from all over, infused with African rhythms. The latest Nairobi editions have seen him partner with local Electrique DJ duo (B-DJ and Somi) and some of Kenya’s hottest live musicians such as Eddie Grey (guitar), Wendy Kimani (vocals) and Chalo Tee (drums).