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DJ Cecil Brings House Music To His Community

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DJ Cecil loved spending his childhood days in Sacramento, listening to all sorts of music from jazz and hip-hop to gospel. Once his father became a minister, he wasn’t always allowed to listen to secular music. But after moving to Santa Cruz for college, he developed a passion for DJing.

Now he’s based in Oakland, spinning sounds on dance floors from the Bay Area to overseas. DJ Cecil tells us how he found his personal freedom at the turntable.

Click the audio player above to listen to the full interview.

Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and proud Oakland native. She hosts the weekly arts segment Sights & Sounds and covers East Oakland for KALW. Jenee has reported for NPR, Marketplace, KQED, KPCC, The Los Angeles Times, Ebony magazine, Refinery29 and other outlets. In 2005, she reported on the London transit bombings for Time magazine. Prior to coming to KALW, she hosted the podcast Mental Health and Wellness Radio.