Lerato Khathi aka Lakuti emerged out of the ruins of a post – apartheid South Africa. Growing up in an impoverished Soweto in Johannesburg .Lakuti took a deep interest in music from a very young age . Inspired by her mother’s impressive collection of Soul & Funk . Her grandfather also played a significant part in further nurturing her musical interest by schooling her in the art of Jazz. She inherited his jazz collection when he passed away and to this date has held onto every piece of vinyl from this collection .The biggest influence & inspiration was to come however with the first batch of Chicago house records, which made their way into the townships .
Her first adventure onto a musical path came when she convinced an empty 100 capacity theatre in a then arty Yeoville – a suburb in Johannesburg , to let her use the space as a small club in the early 90ʹ′ʹ′s , whilst embarking on a Law Degree . Planet Hendon was soon born . She successfully run the space for 2 years & in that 2 years the club saw dj sets from the cream of the crop of dj’s at the time in Johannesburg . Around the same period , she met Alan Abrahams aka Portable/ Bodycode & collaborated with him on a few music projects . Some of those works were released on South african deep house label , Dj Syndicate .
Lakuti inevitably became frustrated with the geographic isolation of the country and relocated to London in 1997 , after a 3 year stint in Toronto Canada , where she studied film and worked on various film related projects .