Lakuti, real name Lerato Khathi, is a South African DJ, booking agent, label boss, promoter and general industry all-rounder. Her name is probably most associated with Süd Electronic, a London party series and label she ran with Portable. The event ended in 2011 after ten successful years, whereas the label was dusted off after five years of stagnation and now has a new, global focus.
Lakuti also heads Uzuri, an imprint she started in 2007 that has since also grown into a booking agency, representing New York house artists such as Fred P, DJ Qu and Levon Vincent. Although she has lived in Europe since 1997, Lakuti's house background came from her youth in Johannesburg. She discovered the city's burgeoning scene in the '90s, frequenting clubs like the influential 4th World and warehouse parties around the city.