Djellali El Ouzeri

DJ, Producer, Graffiti Artist

September - October 2023

A photo of DJ DJEL leaning against an industrial wall, wearing a black shirt. He has tattoos on his arms and hands, a short beard, and a closey-shaved buzzcut. The photo is in black and white.
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  • Atlanta
"'MarsTlanta' is a sound creation project based on a collection of musical archives and recordings of words and street noises of the two cities. The objective is to create a bridge between Marseille and Atlanta through and for hip-hop culture. "

My name is Djellali El Ouzeri, A.K.A. DJ DJEL, and I was born in Marseille. I discovered hip-hop culture in 1989, attracted by the freshness of this art and its different disciplines. I first practiced dance and graffiti before discovering deejaying, sampling and musical research. From 1998 to 2006, I released several records with my band, the Fonky Family.  


Since 2007, I have collaborated with other artists (albums, compilations, mixtape) via my label DON'T SLEEP. I am currently working on various projects with artists of other disciplines, including visual artists, directors, writers, dancers, and singers of many musical genres. 


I am very involved in the transmission of knowledge to the younger generation, especially regarding the mix, scratch and composition at my school, AKADEMIX, which was founded in 2017 in collaboration with AFFRANCHI. I am also a stage coach for the AMI (Aide aux Musiques Innovatrices), and have been working with emerging artists in the Marseille scene for nearly ten years.  


In 2021, I was invited to participate in the creation of the main piece of the exhibition 360° Hip-Hop, Gloire à l'Art de Rue which was presented at La Philharmonie de Paris. I continue to perform in concerts and clubs and I am preparing a 4th album for 2023. 


DJ DJEL was born in Marseille in 1974. He is a DJ, beatmaker, graffiti artist, trainer and organizer of hip-hop events. From 1998 to 2006, he released several records on Sony Music with his group the FONKY FAMILY (several times certified Gold and Platinum). In 2007, he founded the label DON'T SLEEP and has collaborated on stage and in the studio with nationally and internationally recognized artists, including Oxmo Puccino, IAM, Akhenaton, Soprano, Kendrick Lamar, Napoleon Da Legend, and Infamous Mobb. He founded the DJ school AKADEMIX and collaborates with AMI in the framework of HIP HOP SOCIETY. He is also co-founder of the OLDSCHOOL PARTY and is currently working on his 4th album.


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A.M.I - Aide aux Musiques Innovatrices

Founded in 1985 and originally dedicated to the MIMI Festival, the AMI association works for the artistic, cultural, civic and economic development of the territories, in a spirit of general interest. AMI supports several initiatives in the CCI sector and more particularly in the creation and music production sector, at a national and international level. Its field of action covers in particular the organisation of artistic residencies, festivals, and a cultural incubator.


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