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For the album by Kem, see Kemistry (album).
Born Valerie Olukemi A Olusanya
(1963-10-13)October 13, 1963
Birmingham, West Midlands, England, UK
Died April 25, 1999(1999-04-25) (aged 35)
M3 Motorway in Winchester, Hampshire, England, UK
Cause of death Road accident
Other names Kemi
Occupation Drum and bass DJ, record producer
Years active c.1991–1999
Known for Kemistry & Storm, Metalheadz

Valerie Olukemi A "Kemi" Olusanya (October 13, 1963 – April 25, 1999), commonly known by her stage name Kemistry, was a leading English drum and bass DJ of the early 1990s who also produced a number of records on the Metalheadz label, which she co-founded with other artists including Goldie, whom she had introduced to the drum and bass scene.[1]


Having attended college in Northampton, Olusanya began a career as a make-up artist before giving it up for DJing in the early 1990s. She was half of the DJ and recording duo, Kemistry & Storm, which she formed with an old friend when they both lived in London. With Goldie, they led Metalheadz for two-and-a-half years before leaving the label and later releasing a widely distributed mix album, DJ-Kicks: Kemistry & Storm, which has been described as "paving the way for other, younger, female DJs".[2]

Olusanya died in a road accident at 2:30 AM on 25 April 1999. She was in a car travelling behind a van on the M3 motorway in Hampshire, when she was hit by the steel body of a cat's eye, which had been dislodged by the van and flew through the windscreen of the car in which she was a passenger. The cat's eye hit Olusanya in the face and she was killed instantly. The coroner recorded a verdict of accidental death.[1][not in citation given] A question was asked in the House of Lords about the safety of cat's eyes in light of the incident, and the Highways Agency conducted an investigation into the "long-term integrity and performance" of various types of road stud.[3][not in citation given]

The song "Kemistry" by Goldie on his album Timeless, is dedicated to Olusanya. The song was released originally in 1992, as Goldie was in a relationship with Olusanya.


  1. ^ a b "Kemistry". Fuller Up, the Dead Musician Directory. Retrieved 2 December 2008. 
  2. ^ Potts, Diana. "Kemistry & Storm > Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2 December 2008. 
  3. ^ |chapter-url= missing title (help). Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). House of Lords. 13 December 1999. col. WA20. 

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