DJ Aïcha was born in London into a home where Mozart, Chopin and Tchaikovsky were playing on the gramophone. She went to her first concert at the age of three. She still remembers the thrill of discovering the radio dial at the age of six. She would listen to everything, from pop and dance to Motown and soul, then later rock, reggae, hip-hop and jazz. Learning to play the piano and flute (both to Grade 8), as well as ballet, brought her even closer to the sensibilities of music.
It was at the age of 15, while in a discothèque in Tunisia, that for a brief moment DJ Aïcha's life stopped spinning. A sound, so real and rocking, removed the ground from beneath her feet and catapulted her into a new musical galaxy. It was Khaled's “Didi”. She now left the well-trodden path of Anglophone music behind. Upon returning to London, she would go to several gigs per week from Manu Dibango to the Art Ensemble of Chicago to Hermeto Pascoal. After the Channel Tunnel was built, she would often travel to Paris to get the latest albums of French, Maghrebi and African pop music.
She obtained a university degree in Media & Communication, which culminated in a thesis entitled The Songs We Didn’t Hear – the reasons behind and impact of European radio music policies. Since 2002, she has worked as an editor for British music magazine Songlines. From 1998 to 2004, she contributed to Charlie Gillett’s Saturday Night show on BBC London. From 2005 to 2012, she worked for Sveriges Radio (Swedish equivalent to the BBC) as the co-producer of the acclaimed programme Klingan and the online global jukebox SR Världen (SR The World), together with Lennart Wretlind. In 2012, Klingan was awarded Stora Radiopriset (The Big Radio Prize) by Radioakademin (The Radio Academy of Sweden). She has also compiled exclusive albums for Nascente/Demon Music Group. In 2013, she started Music for Museums, an enterprise which creates soundtracks for museums, galleries and cultural spaces.
Since 2004, Stockholm has been her home from where she is tuned into the sounds from across Europe, the Maghreb and beyond.
DJ Aïcha (née Tatiana Rucinska)
“Great music from out there: the sounds of DJ Aïcha”
Welcome to the other side of Paris.
leftfield pop, afrikansk, roots reggae, jamaicansk, cumbia, tropical, världsmusik, fransk pop, raï'n'b, arabisk musik, marockansk, algerisk musik