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Stoutest Dancehall DJ with International Flavor 

DJ Fuze

No one can rock a party like DJ Fuze, one of the few Bay Area legends who still sustains himself primarily through hip-hop. Born on the East Coast, Fuze moved to the Bay in time to attend Berkeley High School. He learned his craft as a teen while prep-cooking at froufrou restaurants, and ultimately produced for Digital Underground and the late Tupac Shakur. Fuze even toured with Oakland mobb group the Luniz during its heyday. After decades of hanging with celebrities, witnessing the dissolute hip-hop lifestyle, and still managing to keep his head on his shoulders, Fuze decided to expand his musical taste by getting into African and Caribbean music. Thus began his international parties at Club Oasis, a popular West African restaurant and nightclub in downtown Oakland. Fuze held court there for several years, spinning everything from soukous to bhangra to Afrobeat, mixing songs that you'll only hear overseas with slumper beats from home, and throwing in some commercial fare when the party really gets going. His monthly party, called Extra Stout Dancehall, also features Kenyan DJ Impenzi and Senegalese DJ Omar. For three years it's been one of the most vibrant club nights in Oakland, and one of the few that draws a genuinely mixed crowd. Not to mention that the music — unlike that of most DJ dance parties — is fascinating and inspiring. Club Oasis is temporary closed for remodeling, so Fuze might be looking to take his Extra Stout party elsewhere. In the meantime, he spins every third Friday at the nearby dancehall venue Karibbean City, and occasionally graces Levende East in Old Oakland.
(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)

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