Tambor Party hasn’t only served as a residency for London-born DJ and producer, Stan is also a curator of underground talent. Black Coffee was relatively unknown stateside when Stan invited the South African artist to play his first-ever gig in the States and the rest is dance music history. In a poetic, full circle moment, in October 2022, Stan shared the stage as an artist with Black Coffee at Atlanta’s Domaine Club.
Other artists making their US debuts via Tambor include Manoo, Brenden Praise of Black Motion, and Djeff Afrozilla, with Stan serving as an avid supporter of their exceptional talents and a bridge to more global audiences. Stan has created seismic shifts, keeping the African-influenced genres of dance, fresh, spiritually provoking, and, above all, fun.
In addition to giving new artists more visibility and accompanying recognition, Stan’s long-running party has garnered a stellar reputation for quality house and, as a result, has attracted many world-class house DJs, including Timmy Regisford, David Morales and Joe Claussell, all of whom have been guests at Tambor.
As a DJ and producer with a keen ear for underground innovators, it was inevitable that Stan would eventually form his own label. In 2012, he founded Tambor Music, which quickly established itself as a prominent imprint on the deep scene, with releases from homegrown US talent, African artists, and Stan himself, whose eponymous releases transformed him into a consistently top-selling producer.
Tambor Music has become an essential label for the very best in Afrocentric dance music. From the label’s outset, rather than jump on trends, Stan chose to forge new ground and showcase unknown artists he believed in, and that sentiment continues to the present. While Black artists are marginalized within the genre of their creation, Stan has stood up as a champion for the cause, introducing a slew of talent to the dance music scene – artists who would go on to have huge careers.
Throughout his stellar career, Stan has dedicated himself to spreading the Afro-house philosophy, whether through Tambor Music or Tambor Party. In his quest to share his love of the deep, Stan started the Tambor Cruise, an extension of his long-running residency, on Royal Caribbean Cruises. The party at sea quickly exploded in popularity and was the impetus for other DJs and promoters to put on similar events. The Tambor Cruise has featured DJs and performers, such as Shimza, Djeff Afrozilla, and Zepherin Saint.
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