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Unlike most DJs out of Germany, Ray Okpara leans more toward the house end of the tech-house spectrum — and that's to the benefit of his legions of fans all over the world, because Okpara has polished a streamlined, minimal-leaning version that's still overflowing with house's soul and funk influence. It could be this Berlin-based impresario's Nigerian roots, or his undeniable talent behind the decks and in the production studio. Or maybe it's his experience in the U.K., at the Loft in Mannheim, where Okpara and his friend Johnny D's RAJO club night first alerted the masses to Okpara's talent. Wherever the seed of his talent was planted, we're gratified that it's come full bloom. He's got an ear for tunes that keep crowds moving all night long, and you can experience one of his hypnotic sets firsthand this Friday, March 22, in Beta's Beatport Lounge, with Shea Delany and DJ Lobot.