Charles Leonard is a DJ, editor, broadcaster, journalist and a collector of vinyl.
He has been collecting vinyl for five decades now and he loves sharing records from his eclectic, vast collection. Charles’s approach with his sets is to share, introduce, remind, surprise and entertain – he plays everything from jazz to soul, reggae to rock, dub to electronica, township jive to hip-hop, blues to funk.
His records are a mix of old and brand new. “I never stop collecting,” Charles explains.
“You will hear brand new hip-hop and electronica, through to crackly jazz from the 50s, symphonic soul from the 70s, reggae pressed in 1970s Kingston, through to incredible, dusty 45s from South African townships.”
So, what do his sets sound like?
“I enjoy my sets to be like when a friend comes to visit me at home and I play them a selection of my favourite records,” says Leonard.
Charles works as arts and culture editor at The Conversation Africa. He writes about music and culture for the Mail & Guardian and Rapport. He is also a radio presenter, and is currently doing a series on politics and music on the SABC station, RSG.
He DJs at Stanley Beer Yard, Kitchener’s in Braamfontein and has regular reggae sets in Vosloorus on the East Rand.