DJ Kwaku is a Detroit-born seasoned veteran DJ/Producer and the first person from the West Coast (Los Angeles) to track down and deejay Chicago House records in 1986. He helped fuel the flourishing House Music scene in Atlanta (late-90s to early-2000s) by bringing together multi-cultural ravers with African-American House Music enthusiasts.
“First person from the West Coast (Los Angeles) to track down and deejay Chicago House records in 1986.” -CYGM
“Helped fuel the flourishing House Music scene in Atlanta (late-90s to early-2000s) by bringing together multi-cultural ravers with African-American House Music enthusiasts.” -CYGM
DJ Kwaku is a descendant of ancestors John & Jane Walls who founded the northern terminal of the Underground Railroad (Ontario). He feels that it is his destiny to empower people, just as his ancestors lent a helping hand to empower people in their days.
“Kwaku’s ancestors founded the northern terminal of the Underground Railroad.” -CYGM
Kwaku’s uncle, Robert Walker, was a music business contractor who, like the “Black Godfather” Clarence Avant, was the power behind the scenes… a fix-it-man… the go-to guy… for music influencers like Barry Gordy and Don Cornelius. It was his suggestion that prompted Motown and Soul Train to move West. In fact, Kwaku’s immediate family and friends were a part of that transition from Detroit to Los Angeles (San Fernando Valley) when Kwaku was 4 years old.
Robert Walker also had other notable accomplishments. For example… he helped Barry White get out of a bad record deal and worked with Hugh Hefner to set up the historical Jazz music night at the Playboy Mansion in Chicago, which helped break the color barrier at the time. Robert was a major mentoring figure for Kwaku at a young age who taught him the principles of “empowerment”.
“Kwaku’s uncle, Robert Walker, was a music business contractor who, like the “Black Godfather” Clarence Avant, was the power behind the scenes.” -CYGM
Thus…. Kwaku has co-founded Wehave1 and the Wehave1 Foundation (Multimedia, Music, Film, Print, and Live Events) designed to activate, support and empower the communities of the future. He is also a supporter of inter-tribal unity youth-mentoring outreach (CYGM).
-Co-Founder, Pink Panther Production 1986 in Los Angeles (San Fernando Valley)
-Threw teenage and college-themed events from the San Fernando Valley to Santa Barbara from 1986-1989.
-Deejayed on Venice Beach as part of the World Famous Vita Acrobatic Troupe… as well as traveled as a DJ with the Vita’s doing NBA and NFL Halftime shows from 1992-1994.
-Co-Founder, PermaGrin Production Company 1998-2004 Atlanta, GA
-Threw hundreds of one-off events and produced several weekly club nights.
-Co-Managed the Globe Theatre 2001 -2003.
-Worked for Stage (a Music Event Production Company in Atlanta) 2001-2003.
-Set up festivals and concerts from Atlanta to New Orleans.
-Voodoo Music Fest New Orleans
-Music Midtown, Atlanta
-Co-Founder, House Music Defined 2007 – Current
-Produced and deejayed several weekly nights… Hilton Head, ATL, Miami Beach, and Los Angeles and more.
-HMD increased the revenue at the Restaurant “SPICE” by 40k per month from Friday and Saturday Night Dj Night. When “SPICE” was bought by Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine from the Food Network and renamed “EAT!” HMD maintained the account and revenue stream until the Restaurant was sold. Circa 2007- 2010.
-Named Resident DJ of Prana International, the only Hilton Head Dance Club at the Time. It was an honor to be named the “Resident DJ” by the Managing Owner,
-Octavio Campos. As Octavio was the Original Lighting Tech (circa 1977) for “STUDIO 54” Night Club in NYC. 2008 -2010
-Co- Producer “One Love Experience” Festival 2015 Southern California.
Clifford Burtley (Kwaku) knows Corporate Law, Finance, and the formation of Corporations, inside and out. Both by the books, and through years of experience, he has been a Resident Agent for the State of Nevada and is in the process of getting that license renewed.
Kwaku’s ancestors (John & Jane Walls) story is told in the 1980 book, “THE ROAD THAT LED TO SOMEWHERE”. This story documents their journey, with the assistance of the Underground Railroad, from Troublesome Creek, North Carolina to Puce in Maidstone Township, Ontario during the harsh days of slavery in the United States. Kwaku’s relatives established the Underground Railroad Museum and the John Freeman Walls Historic Site there in Ontario.