Multi-platinum selling global superstar Khalid, who was named one of Time’s Most Influential People of 2019, has taken the world by storm since his first single, the certified diamond “Location” (released right before his high school graduation) exploded onto the scene, leading to a major label deal with Right Hand Music Group/RCA Records followed by the release of his debut album, the 4x platinum-certified, American Teen. Khalid’s latest offering “Numb” with Marshmello marks the artist’s second collaboration following their 6x platinum smash hit “SILENCE”.
The Chainsmokers are an American DJ and production duo consisting of Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall. They formed in 2012 and gained widespread recognition with their hit single “#Selfie” in 2014. The duo has since released numerous successful singles, including “Closer,” “Something Just Like This,” and “Paris.” They have won several awards, including a Grammy for Best Dance Recording, and have been named one of the top 100 DJs in the world by DJ Mag. The Chainsmokers are known for their upbeat and catchy electronic dance music, and for collaborating with popular artists such as Halsey, Coldplay, and Bebe Rexha.
Nasty C is a very talented rapper in the country and beyond. His fame came when he released the single titled “Way It Go,” which he released in collaboration with Tumi and Youngsta. His music prowess saw him receive the award for the youngest 2015 South African Hip Hop Award, where he was gifted the Best Freshman Award. Three years later in 2018, the rapper released an album titled Strings & Bling, making TINA Magazine rank him as the best African Rapper of 2018.
Duckwrth is a rising west coast artist with a dynamic approach to hip-hop. Influenced by iconic acts like The Pharcyde, Tribe Called Quest, Gnarls Barkley, and Outkast, he creates a unique fusion that pushes hip-hop’s evolution. Born in South Central Los Angeles and now based in San Francisco, DUCKWRTH is more than a musician – he’s a versatile creative, from modeling to video directing and graphic design. His role in bringing reminiscent hip-hop to the mainstream is solidified by his distinctive style and innovative expression.
Lungelihle Zwane, professionally known as Uncle Waffles, is a Swazi-born DJ and record producer residing in South Africa. She’s renowned for her contributions to the amapiano genre and her impressive dance skills. Billboard has even dubbed her the “princess of amapiano.” Her debut single, “Tanzania,” topped the charts in South Africa and earned quadruple platinum certification from the Recording Industry of South Africa.
Sauti Sol, a Kenyan Afropop band formed in 2005, blends vocal talents of Bien-Aimé Baraza, Willis Chimano, and Savara Mudigi with guitarist Polycarp Otieno. Their debut album “Mwanzo” (2008) garnered acclaim, followed by “Sol Filosofia” (2011). They’ve toured successfully, gained international attention, and won awards. Their unique sound and collaborations have made them a significant presence in the Afropop scene.
Tyla Seethal, a South African singer, gained initial fame on TikTok before venturing into music. Her collaboration “Getting Late” with Kooldrink went viral on TikTok, garnering millions of streams globally. Born and raised in Johannesburg, Tyla’s diverse heritage includes Indian, Zulu, Mauritian, and Irish roots. She started writing songs at 12, which evolved into a passion during high school. In 2021, Tyla signed with Epic Records, launching her career to new heights. Her hit single “Been Thinking” was followed by an appearance at the Grammy Awards after party alongside R&B stars HER and SZA. Tyla’s music is innovative, blending pop and R&B with the vibrancy of South African Amapiano and a fresh production style.
Hailing from Cape Town, South Africa, GoodLuck is a dynamic group of live-electronic musicians, pop producers, and philanthropists. With a mission to make positive change through their music, they’ve been internationally touring since 2013. Their music is incredibly diverse and ever-evolving, driven by the trio of Jules, Ben, and Tim who constantly push their boundaries. Over their journey, they’ve achieved 23 Top40 radio singles, 9 number one hits, and countless performances worldwide. With a devoted fanbase, they’ve sold out shows globally, from South Africa to Vietnam. They’ve also founded and produced successful festivals like Get Lucky Summer and Beats in the Bush, showcasing their high-energy live shows that are hard to resist dancing to. With a mix of saxophone, keyboards, and electronic instruments, their powerful female frontwoman takes center stage.
Sandile Fortune Msimango, popularly known by his stage name Young Stunna is a South African singer. He is known for his hit singles “Bopha” and “Adiwele”. He has also extensively worked with record producers DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small. Young Stunna is Zulu and uses Zulu and Xhosa in most of his songs. Stunna’s debut studio album Notumato (2021), reached number 1 in South Africa. Notumato became his first commercially successful album and certified Platinum.
Black Motion was formed in 2010, by Murdah Bongz (born Robert Mahosana), and Thabo (born Roy Thabo Mabogwane)they are from Soshanguve. That same year, they joined Faimos Entertainment and released their first single “Banane Mavoko” featuring Jah Rich, which gained them international recognition. Their debut album Talking to the Drums was released in 2011. Both musicians came of age during the house music boom of the ’90s and when they formed Black Motion in 2010, their aim was to infuse it with a more regional identity. Embracing native drums and other instrumentations. Their debut album Talking to the Drums was released in 2011. Their third studio album Fortune Teller was released in 2014.The album was certified gold in South Africa. At the 21st ceremony of South African Music Awards Fortune Teller won Best Dance Album.In 2016, they signed a record deal with Sony and began working on their fourth studio album. Ya Badimo was released on October 28, 2016, worldwide.The album won Best Dance Album at 23rd ceremony of South African Music Awards and was certified platinum. The duo has since gone their separate ways however Black motion still stands with the addition of Problem Child Ten83 (born Kabelo Koma).
Die Heuwels Fantasties is an Afrikaans electronic band from Bellville, South Africa. Die Heuwels
Fantasties is composed of Hunter Kennedy (also member of Fokofpolisiekar and formerly of
aKING), Pierre Greeff (also member of Lukraaketaar), Fred den Hartog (also member of Thieve)
and Sheldon Yoko (also a member of Die Gevaar)
Dan Duminy, born Daniel Wesley Duminy on 16th February 2001, is a singer/songwriter from Durban Kwazulu natal who rose to fame in the past 3 years dropping music with popular SA superstars such as Nasty C, Blackie, Rowlene and the list goes on. Dan has been abroad working on his debut album in Los Angeles for the past two years and making a name for himself in the United States while rubbing shoulders with industry legends such as Dianne Warren and many more. Dan has always been musically inclined from a young age, he loved playing musical instruments such as the guitar and drums but focused on furthering his passion with music through using his voice. He first dropped his hit song With us featuring Blackie & CrownedYung in 2020 which followed with another single from the trio in 2022 that brought major success and attention to Dan in South Africa. His single let me down’ from his latest drop in 2023 featuring Nasty C has found a space in the south African market and abroad and has given Dan his own carved out space in the market.
Born in London, raised in Africa, Max Hurrell is a DJ & Music Producer known for his captivating performances and online antics. The creator of the lockdown anthem ‘ZOL’ has garnered over 12 000 000 streams on his music, and plans to debut a plethora of new unreleased songs at Hey Neighbour Festival in December.
With 30 mixtapes, 6 EP’s, 2 collaboration albums, one solo album and numerous accolades under his belt which include the “Lyricist Of The Year” (2017), Best Video and Album Of The Year (2019) from the South African Hip Hop Awards. Youngsta CPT (Riyadh Roberts) is regarded as one of the most important hip hop artists of his generation.
The 30 year old rapper has been described as ‘the voice of the people’ with his lyrical brilliance acting as a verbal tour guide to life in the notorious Cape Town flats.
Raised in the heart of Wittebome/Wynberg in the southern suburbs of the Western Cape. Youngsta CPT’s aspirations were ignited at the age of 12, where he wrote and recorded his first track in the same year. Youngsta CPT is a story-teller who brings his view of his beloved hometown to the surface.
Singer / Songwriter & Lover of People. Hailing from the coastal city of Durban, Majozi is a proudly South African musician who wears his heart on his sleeve – quite literally. Hailing from the coastal city of Durban, Majozi is a proudly South African musician who wears his heart on his sleeve – quite literally. He has tattoos dedicated to his faith and to his mother – two very defining aspects of his life, both of which have inspired the music he writes. He burst onto the scene in 2013 with his catchy debut EP, Marvelous Light, before signing to Universal Music South Africa in 2014. After his follow-up, first full-length album, “Fire”, debuted in the iTunes Top 3, the music industry really started to take notice.
DJ Zinhle started her career around 2004 as her brother’s passion for mixing vinyls rubbed off on her and her love and passion for being a DJ grew. She got her first break as a resident DJ on a youth dance show called Jika Majika that aired on SABC 1.
She worked with South African music icon Boom Shaka on the album I Put It In, which featured other notable artists like Dr Malinga, Khanyi Mbau, Mphoza, and many more. At the second ceremony of Mzansi Kwaito and House Music Awards, she won two awards including; Best House DJ and Best House Female Artist. Her 2019 hit single “Umlilo” gained 5.1 million streams and went 3× platinum and most recently, Thula” by Zinhle and Cici released on July 7, 2023 debuted number 3 in South Africa and charted number 1 on Metro FM Top 30 Countdown charts.
South African Jeremy Loops, born Jeremy Hewitt in Kommetjie, Cape Town, was a modern folk singer/songwriter and environmental activist. As his name suggests, he relied on loop pedals as integral parts of his live performances, and would often borrow elements from across the genre spectrum, including hip-hop, electronica, and traditional African music. In January 2015, he released “Down South” (featuring Motheo Moleko), the lead single from his debut album Trading Change.
Peaking at number one on South African Top 40 radio stations 5fm, 94.7, and Jacaranda FM, the breakout song’s popularity drew a lot of attention to his album. Upon release in South Africa in April 2015, Trading Change debuted at No. 1 on iTunes South Africa. In support of the album, Loops spent 2015 touring South Africa. In the buildup to Trading Change’s August 2015 North American release, Loops toured the United States three times. First securing a support slot on the Winter Greens Tour, headlined by reggae band Rebelution. This was followed up with two headline US tours of his own, namely the Jeremy Loops US Tour and the Trading Change Tour. n Europe, Loops supported Twenty One Pilots on their Blurryface Tour in September 2015, and followed that up with his own headlining tours, Continental Drift and the European leg of the Trading Change Tour.
Trading Change was released in Europe on 26 February 2016. In 2023, Loops released the album Critical as Water. This album tackled the serious water shortage that the singer’s home city, Cape Town, is facing.
Tyler ICU has become a household name in the South African producing scene. He began his musical career in 2006, making beats out of the back room of his home. His inspiration to join the music industry came from Dr Dre. In 2016 Tyler ICU met Mas Musiq and the two artists collaborated on several unreleased projects along with Vyno Miller. One of the unreleased projects found its way to the ears of multi-talented producer and artist, DJ Maphorisa. In 2019 he contributed to the songs such as “It’s You” and “Emazulwini” off BET award-winner Shasha’s EP “Blossom”. Tyler ICU proceeded to produce Dr Peppa’s hit “What it is” which features Riky Rick, Lucasraps and Chang Cello. Following the success of the song, Tyler ICU went on to collaborate with one of Africa’s biggest artists, Cassper Nyovest. Tyler has to date produced the biggest amapiano song titled “Mnike” and has cemented himself as one of the best music producers currently.