Kwende Kefentse

Municipal Government, Music, and Public Speaking in London, United Kingdom

Kwende Kefentse

Municipal Government, Music, and Public Speaking in London, United Kingdom

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Born and raised in the Greater Toronto Area, Kwende is currently living in London and working on his masters at The Bartlett's Space Syntax Lab (UCL). Fascinated by cities, his various professional ventures reflect different explorations and investigations into how they function, with a particular focus on culture, space, and music.

As an established practitioner and public intellectual in this nexus of subjects, Kwende is frequently invited to keynote conferences and participate on panels, both locally and internationally, in the worlds of urban planning, creativity + culture and more recently, the music industry. His projects and ideas have been featured in international outlets like CityLab (The Atlantic), Spacing Magazine, and Monocle Radio to name a few.

Most recently Kwende worked in the Arts and Heritage Development unit at the City of Ottawa, on a small but mighty award-winning Cultural Development and Initiatives (CDI) team. There he helped to steward the City of Ottawa's council approved Renewed Action Plan for Arts, Heritage and Culture (2013 - 2018) and other strategic initiatives for the sector. He successfully led a music industry development initiative in partnership with local music business leaders and the City's Economic Development staff. Recent achievements include the Connecting Ottawa Music industry profile, the launch of the MEGAPHONO conference and showcasing festival, the birth of the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition, and the development of the Ottawa Music Strategy alongside OMIC and Economic Development staff.

As DJ Memetic, Kwende has had a major impact on Ottawa’s local underground dance scene for over a decade. Cutting his teeth at campus radio, Memetic co-founded TIMEKODE, one of the city’s longest-running, and most beloved dance parties. His solo + TIMEKODE original productions and remixes have been released on his own label, Memeplex, to critical acclaim from international outlets like Vice Thump, Radio Nova, and Wax Poetics.

  • #ottawa
  • #urbanism
  • #musicindustry
  • #municipalgovernment
  • #dj
  • Work
    • Memetic Media Inc
  • Education
    • Carleton University