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SA’s podfather has left the dancefloor

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The popular radio and club DJ who turned podcasting into a serious business in South Africa, Derek “TheBandit”” Richardson, is packing his record box for one last national tour. He is “”retiring””from the live dance scene to focus full-time on his podcasts…

Derek “”TheBandit”” Richardson, who dubs himself “”the man single-handedly responsible for growing the world of dance beyond South Africas wildest imagination””, is packing his record box for one last national tour.

With 15 years worth of frequent flyer miles from spinning fans of dance, trance and house around the country and across continents, TheBandit is cashing in, upgrading and, in near trademark style, upping his game beyond the live arena.

“”Over the years, Derek played a fundamental role in establishing the dance scene in South Africa, his enthusiasm and energy will be missed,”” says Spiro Damaskinos of DJ/Sony BMG.

His bags are packed, and he’s ready to level dance floors across South Africa for one last time. March will be an emotional and adrenaline-filled trip up and down memory lane as Derek dishes out what hes famous for – delivering the finest in dance music live.

“”I have had such a wonderful journey and I thank everyone that has supported me through out the years,”” he says. “”Life is ever changing and it’s time to hang up my headphones when it comes to live performances. I will continue to produce the finest Podcasts for the world to enjoy.””

The Farewell tour promises not only to celebrate TheBandit’s technique and ability that has made him an indispensable player in the South African dance community and entertainment industry for almost two decades, but also to throw a party like no other.

Derek TheBandit presented the biggest dance radio show on 5FM in the 1990s called “”The World of Dance””, released various successful dance compilation albums and headlined some of the biggest dance events in the country.

“”Derek has been instrumental in putting dance music squarely on the map in South Africa over the last 15 years,”” says Karl Anderson of Just Music.

His 19 years of radio experience, coupled with the often first-to-market leaps and bounds into the digital domain, continue to promise even more of the best, only now exclusively virtual.

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