Chi Oriji is on his grind and he’s not stopping anytime soon! A jack of all trade’s, Chi is a stellar college student and a well-known DJ in Philadelphia that knows how to get a party started! Tribe Culture Media and Chi sit down to talk about his craft as a DJ and his upcoming AfroFest party!
Tribe Culture: Tell us who exactly Chi Oriji is?
Chi: Chi is a man with a lot of ambition. I consider myself a leader and influence in my community. Honestly, it’s not for the fame or any type of recognition, I desire to make a difference for my community. There’s always a route for that. I’ve always wanted to help other people achieve their goals. It’s important that I can be a symbol of hope for everyone around me. That’s who I am, and you can ask anyone who knows me, I aim high in whatever I do.
Tribe Culture: What made you interested in being a DJ?
It really started in High School. It’s a funny story, but one day I was on the aux cord. You know when you’re on the aux cord you gotta’ be nice! My friends used to say Chi get on the Aux cord! They called me DJ Chi and I played all the bangers in the car, class, house, wherever. Also, another influence was my brother Ebube. Ebube started DJ’ing at Del State (Delaware State University). The way he worked on his craft fascinated me, his knowledge of different types of music, his effortless transitions in between tracks, even his concentration was flawless. It inspired me to do more! Towards the end of Highschool, I literally threw my own parties. I love music and good vibes! When I began as a freshman at Temple University, I started a party promoting crew, and we held a different house party every other weekend! My friend Julian and I DJ together now, but back then we both saw the opportunity and it took off from there.
Tribe Culture: How does your heritage influence your preference in music?
I love my heritage! I’m Nigerian! Ever since I can remember, I’ve always been a fan of Afrobeats! I always knew that one-day African music would be popping in America, and when it started happening I capitalized on it! There are a lot of immigrants that influence American culture. Afrobeats isn’t just for Africans! You can be any culture and still vibe to it! African culture is so strong, you see it in different places like the Caribbean, South America, Europe, etc. To me, the African and Caribbean cultures can fall into one category! Afro-beats is one genre that’s never going to die. There’s always going to be some type of African rhythm out there.
Tribe Culture: Tell us about AfroFest
One day I was brain storming and I asked myself “what have I done up unto this point where I can say wow, I threw one of the biggest parties ever? My vision was first, how can I provide a great overall experience for everyone. Then it came to me, maybe I can have an African party? Then AfroFest popped into my head! Soon I looked at this venue, it was a big warehouse.. it was a dope place. It made me go off. I know a lot of people in the African community, and also people that generally support me. People will definitely pull up to help and support. I want everyone to have fun on the day of my birthday. I hope to ensure that all the attendees have a great time!
Tribe Culture: Wow, this sounds so lit! What type of feedback have you been getting?
People have been hype for this event! This event is going to be huge! When you go to this party you know what you’re going to get! It also falls on Nigeria independance Day. It’s great knowing your culture, and being proud of it. AfroFest is for all people. It’s an event to bring all cultures together and celebrate African roots! A lot of dancing will be going on! We got Afrobeats, dancehall, soca, and kompa!
Tribe Culture: Chi, are you collaborating with anyone for AfroFest?
I have a team of advisors that are helping me sculpt the event. We have promoters from schools like Lehigh Univerity, University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Rutgers University, Pennsylvania State Unversity, West Chester University, you name it! We also have Shiggy from TheShiggyShow as the official host! Definitely check him out on Instagram: theshiggyshow
Tribe Culture: We’re definitely in the building man! What’re the details to the event?
Chi: Doors open at 10pm-3am, 18 years old to enter, 21 years old to drink. I suggest you get there as early as possible! There’s a high demand for tickets, be there! The dress code: casual, come in a good outfit but I encourage people to be comfortable, ladies if you want to come looking cute, then do so. I want everyone to come feeling comfortable and ready to have a good time!
Tribe Culture: Chi this was great, we really appreciate you taking the time to sit down with us. We wish you the best of luck, see you at AfroFest!
Chi: No problem, it was an honor to do this! See you at AfroFest!
AfroFest Tickets —> https://www.eventbrite.com/e/afrofest-2017-philadelphia-tickets-35363230374
AFROFEST IS COMING TO PHILLY.
THE BIGGEST ANNUAL AFRICAN-CARIBBEAN INDOOR FESTIVAL/PARTY IN THE TRI-STATE AREA!
THE OFFICIAL NIGERIAN INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION!
Hosted by: SHIGGY (@theshiggyshow)
AFROBEATZ | DANCEHALL | SOCA | KOMPA