On Tuesday, Orlando's dance music community turned a moment of tragedy into a night of tribute after losing one of its own.
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Friends, fans, and artists came together to celebrate the life of Samisoni Koroitamudu, known to many as DJ and producer Big Makk, who was killed in a car accident in Cassleberry, Florida, on Aug. 29. The tribute event, held in partnership with local party crew Shake 'N Bass (of which Koroitamudu was a co-founder), raised $8,000 in donations, with all proceeds going to Koroitamudu's family. Performers on the night included Ookay, Astronomar and Ricky Remedy.
"Through his music he will live with us forever," Gilt Nightclub wrote on Facebook of the event's success.
Koroitamudu began DJing as a young teen and is credited by the Orlando Weekly as an "early innovator of the moombahton EDM sub-genre." His music was released on labels including Mad Decent, Dim Mak and Main Course. He was scheduled to perform at EDC Orlando in November. Koroitamudu's debut album, The Makk Tape, was released shortly after his death.
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"For those that didn't know Sam, he had 3 loves in his life; His Family/Friends, His Music, & His Shoes (mainly Vans)," wrote Koroitamudu's management with The Makk Tape SoundCloud upload. "We also know there is nothing more he would have wanted than for everyone to listen and share this music as was planned. We miss you Sam and we couldn't think of a better way to honor your beautiful soul than to have your music live on forever."
A GoFundMe page for Koroitamudu is still accepting donations.