Born and raised in Rotterdam with strong ties to his Cape Verdean roots, Jeorsli Lima (aka Jay Lima) has always revolved around music. From the neighborhood Spangen, which has blessed the Netherlands with a number of musical names, including Broederliefde, Jay has been surrounded by music from his early youth, which he spent dancing to Afro house, Latin house, and Kizomba.
After watching a friend making music using Fruity Loops, Jay decided to download the software himself and give producing music a go. A little tinkering revealed a true talent, and Jay decided to pursue music in a more serious manner. Starting with R&B Beats, Jay explored Afro house, Latin house, and Urban, before deciding to focus on Kizomba. He’s produced collabs with BomSompro (aka Brandy Lima), David Ruela, and Faabzz Almeida, and plays a number of Dutch clubs regularly, including Club Vie and Club Villa Thalia. His first EP, Exodus, was released in December 2018, and his second is expected in July 2019.
Now, eight years later, he’s producing and DJ’ing music all over the Kizomba scene and has tracks promoted by headliners like Stefanio Lima (no relation). After being discovered by Mode Zero in late 2018, the group has contracted Jay to become an official Mode Zero DJ and producer, further propelling his Kizomba career. With growing success in Holland, Jay is now turning his eye to the international scene, and to sharing his music with Kizomba communities all around the world.
Jay aims to create something for everyone, showcasing the sounds of Rotterdam in beats he’d be happy to groove to himself. A bit on the quiet side in person, he lets his music do the talking, drawing inspiration from everything around him – from Netflix to train stations – and letting his personality shine through to create unique, harmonious tracks that blend his roots, his home, and his love of music.
With a passionate soul and an aim to open his own studio and label, Jay Lima is a name to watch. He’s climbing the charts, pushing himself to find creative new ways of blending sounds, and showing exactly what it means to come from the sounds of Rotterdam