Kelly "Sugarface Néné" Belfo

Name: Kelly Belfo

What is your DJ alias? & what are its origins? : Sugarface Nene (Nene means "Mommy" in the Ibo lauguage (Nigeria) and Sugarface was given to me by Raphael DJ 610 of Caribbean Callaloo)

Show: Beat The World

Genre: World

How long have you been at CJLO? : since 2003

What is the best thing about working at CJLO? : the music and the people

Describe your show as a potential life partner. What are its qualities? : I always looks forward to the time we spend together.  It is supportive & reliable and I know where to find it (24/7).

Two reasons why you do your show?:
1) Creative expression
2) Discovering great music.

What do you think makes your show unique?:  Beat The World is the only show on CJLO, even after 8 years, that travels all corners of the world. Furthermore, we travel deep into the roots and the rhythms of the music, namely with the drum.  The drum is the essence if life.  It runs through our viens!

If you weren't doing your show, in what other ways would you express yourself?: Play instruments, dance, and dj parties.

What was the biggest turning point in your musical journey?: I would constantly rewind the "mama say mama saa mama makossa" part in MJ's Starting Something when i was a pickney gal.  I didnt realise it then but i was looping the sample.  I wanted to hear it again and again. Secondly when i first discovered my dad's vinyl, I would play Led Zeppelin II, sit and listen to the trip.

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If I could travel back in time and bring back anyone, I would bring back my gedo (grandfather in Arabic). Because, he died when i was young so i never got to discover his talents. He painted and made instruments out of wood and metal.  This way he could show me how to play them and teach me to make balawa the way no one else could.

Name your 2 favorite albums of all time: "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" Lauryn Hill &  "Nevermind" Nirvana

What is the one piece of technology you cannot live without?: my stereo

Describe yourself in 3 words: passionate, traveler, courageous