R.I.P. Matthew Africa, Beloved Oakland Hip-Hop DJ

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Matthew Africa, RIP
We're just getting word via Facebook and other sources that beloved local hip-hop DJ Matthew Africa tragically passed away this Monday in a car accident. He was 40.

His sister, Julia Africa, posted the following on Facebook:

My brother, Matthew Africa, was killed in a car accident on Monday afternoon. He and his beloved wife, Ha Le, were returning from a trip to Yosemite when their car collided with a big rig on a highway near Modesto. They tell us he died instantly; miraculously, she survived with multiple fractures. His absence is unbearable. Please keep our families in your thoughts and prayers.

Here's one account of the accident from the Patterson Irrigator:

Africa was heading northbound in his 2001 Volkswagen Beetle on Highway 33 just north of West Stanislaus Road at about 2:45 p.m. Sunday when he veered off the road for unknown reasons, according to a CHP report. His Beetle hit shoulder gravel, steered back onto the highway and spun in a clockwise direction and into the southbound lane before striking a 2000 Peterbilt driven by Hector Alvarez, 23, of Newman, according to the CHP. Africa was pronounced dead at the scene from injuries while his passenger, Ha Le Cow, 38, of Berkeley was taken by air ambulance to Doctors Medical Center for treatment of what was described as major injuries.

Africa was well-known among the community of Bay Area hip-hop DJs, having first made a name for himself with a show on UC Berkeley's KALX radio station. We've posted his work several times on All Shook Down, including a mix he made last year of the best of Bay Area rapper E-40.

Various tributes are pouring in across Twitter and Facebook. "My heart is hurting so much right now," Tweeted Oakland Faders DJ Platurn. "This is so fucked."

"Peace go with you Matthew," Tweeted local DJ King Most. "Strength to all your loved ones. Damn."

Africa was supposed to DJ at the Layover in Oakland tonight. Instead, the event has turned into an impromptu memorial service, where fans are invited to bring records and celebrate Africa's life.

We're still gathering details on what happened and will update this post when we have more information. A memorial service has yet to be announced.

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jasonweilee
jasonweilee

@jmcgriff So sad. Dude was a Bay legend.

dj_ready
dj_ready

@donbincente women's semis is on ! Azarenka vs sharapova ! Turn up the sound ! The grunting is hilarious

donbincente
donbincente

@dj_ready Didn't see... But I can hear those babes in my dreams. Short skirts, tone bods & grunts... Whoop !

Someonelse
Someonelse like.author.displayName 1 Like

Wow. What a loss. My condolences to his family and wife. This is so sad. Hopefully his life will be celebrated...

coopnytimes
coopnytimes

@dfellerath How awful. Thanks for letting me know.

a33or45
a33or45

@Passionweiss - ugggh.

pimpyopro
pimpyopro like.author.displayName 1 Like

matt-afrika was the 1st person i ever met  who the 1st lp that bootsy collins & his brother the late great phelp ( cat-fish ) collins  made before p. funk !!! fame  also he turned another friend of mine by the name of calivin lincoln of soul school tv who he i created and produce, to a P- FUNK VIDEO

THAT WE EVER GOT HANDS ON !!!!.....AND THUST THA START OF CALVIN HUGE COLLECTION OF RARE R&B, FUNK, HIP-HOP ECT. !!!!!.......IM REALLY TRIPP'N ABOUT NOW

PEACE-2 MATT-AFRIKA !!!!!!!!!!!

OGpenn
OGpenn

@ItsAvery @RockabyeReview @noz Na, but RIP. Dang.

AndyHannon
AndyHannon

@noz RIP. never lived in the bay but knew of and respected the man.

richmond.justin
richmond.justin

Just played a Donald Byrd record this brotha donated to the KALX library—"Places and Spaces." I am always happy when I pick a record that he donated because it's a confirmation that you just picked the right record. Superb taste in music. Never met, dude. Just his reputation. RIP.

djwallysparks
djwallysparks

@djburnone wow. I didn't know him but I visited his blog often.

djburnone
djburnone

@djwallysparks yeah we never met but every time we talked he was solid. so sad

brytburken
brytburken

@Petter417 fan va sjukt :(

Petter417
Petter417

@brytburken ja känns verkligen som "en av oss" typ :((

brytburken
brytburken

@Petter417 han va jävla tung asså, typ en yngre, amerikansk nileskär... en verklig musikambassadör

timothymartinez
timothymartinez like.author.displayName 1 Like

Matthew Africa was supposed to Dj at The Layover tonight...Dj Willie Maze and I would like to invite everyone to come help celebrate the life of a great friend and human being. Matthew Africa you will truly be missed. R.I.P.  10pm bring some records.

Jdavis
Jdavis

that's my homie...

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