Multi-Platinum, Grammy and Emmy award winning artist and co-founder of creative imprint pgLang, Kendrick Lamar, has achieved massive critical and cultural success since his debut album good kid, m.A.A.d city released in 2012. Since its release, Lamar has accumulated a staggering total of 14 Grammy wins, and became the first non-classical, non-jazz musician to win a Pulitzer Prize for his 2017 album DAMN. Lamar’s latest album Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, was released in May 2022 immediately earning rave reviews.
Afrorave prodigy, Rema was introduced to the world in March 2019, with the release of his self-titled debut EP, and the global hits “Corny”, “Dumebi” and “Iron Man” which was featured on Barack Obama’s Summer Playlist. Rema has fast become one of the most exciting stars in global music for his unique genre-bending and avant-garde style. His debut EP will be remembered for defining a new era for African pop. The 23-year-old’s ascent to global recognition has inspired multiple mentions in global publications and platforms, including cover stories in Fader & Dazed, and features in Pitchfork and Rolling Stone which listed “Iron Man” among its best 50 songs of 2019. Rema Fever has spread across Africa, Europe and the US where he has headlined multiple appearances on his US Tour, including the NBA All-Star Weekend with American rap icon, 2Chainz.
Hailing from Southend-on-Sea in Essex, England, Nothing But Thieves make passionate guitar-based rock that balances indie rock artfulness with a pop sensibility. Formed in 2012, Nothing But Thieves features singer Conor Mason, guitarist Joe Langridge-Brown, guitarist Dominic Craik, bassist Philip Blake, and drummer James Price. Nothing But Thieves’ latest release ‘Moral Panic: The Complete Edition’ combines their #3 acclaimed third album Moral Panic with their 5-track EP follow-up titled Moral Panic II. Moral Panic: The Complete Edition features recent singles Futureproof, Is Everybody Going Crazy?, Real Love Song and Impossible.
The Scorpion Kings, DJ Maphorisa and Kabza de Small, are a popular Amapiano duo from South Africa. They’ve taken the genre by storm with hit albums like “Scorpion Kings,” “Piano Hub,” and “Return of the Scorpion Kings.” Their music, including tracks like “Amantombazane,” “Vula Vala,” and “Nana Thula,” has captivated listeners and made them leaders in the Amapiano movement.
Shimza is undeniably one of South Africa’s greatest talents, having progressed at a breakneck pace from wannabe industry new blood to the major force of the worldwide afro house scene. Born as Ashley Raphala in 1984 in Eswatini, Shimza rapidly evolved from a budding talent to a prominent figure in the worldwide afro house scene. His musical aptitude emerged at fifteen, nurtured by family backing. His path to fame includes numerous feats like clinching DJ competitions and founding the One Man Show in 2009 – an annual charity gala he spearheads. This initiative supports education for disadvantaged children in his hometown, Tembisa, while also fostering employment opportunities.
Blxckie, also known as Sihle Sithole, is a South African rapper, songwriter, and producer. He’s a part of Clout Internet Boyz, a Durban-based hip-hop collective known for their melodic trap style. Blxckie gained massive popularity during the 2020 lockdown, starting his music journey as a young boy and officially entering the mainstream in 2020. Apple Music recognized him as an Up Next Artist and New Africa Rising Artist in March 2020. He topped MTV Base: SA’s Hottest MCs list in December 2021 and is known for his platinum-certified status.
Jack Parow is a South African rapper, poet, and pop culture icon. He’s redefined Afrikaans identity and proudly represents his country and language worldwide. With cross-cultural collaborations, relatable lyrics, and diverse ventures like gaming and brand partnerships, he’s a multi-talented creator. His enduring popularity, backed by albums, brand collaborations, TV shows, and strong fan relationships, spans over 13 years.
Zakhele Madida professionally known as Zakes Bantwini, is a South African singer, record producer and businessman. Born from KwaMashu F-section, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He has worked with fellow musician Black Coffee, with whom he collaborated on the song “Juju”. Bantwini is an exceptional musician. With a Jazz and Popular music Diploma, this star has helped establish the Durban Kwaito Music (DKM), a music genre that is a blend of Kwaito lyrics and house beats. A renowned record producer, record executive, and musician, Zakes Bantwini has established himself within the South African music industry and beyond. Other than music, Zakes is a family man, pioneer, and businessman. His contributions towards developing music in South Africa will be remembered forever. Now a grammy award winning musician, Zakes Bantwini has reached heights many artists still dream of reaching.
Shekhinah, a South African Pop/R&B singer and songwriter, gained recognition through IDOLS. She’s known for hits like “Back to the Beach” and “Suited.” Her debut album “Rosegold” achieved platinum status, and she’s won multiple awards. She created Rosefest to uplift female artists and released her second album “Trouble in Paradise” in 2020.
Anathi Bhongo Mnyango, known as Anatii, is a South African singer, songwriter, and record producer. Born in Bisho, Eastern Cape, he started his musical career professionally at 16 with a major placement as a producer for L-Tido’s “When It Rains.” His debut album, “Artiifact,” was released in 2016, featuring collaborations with notable South African and international artists like AKA, Cassper Nyovest, Nasty C, Tiwa Savage, Faarrow, and Omarion. Anatii’s influence extends beyond music; he was recognized as an influencer by The Young Independents in 2017 and earned a spot on GQ South Africa’s best-dressed men list. He also supported the LuQuLuQu project by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and was featured on Forbes Africa’s 30 under 30 creatives list in 2018.
Musa Keys, born Musa Makamu in the 1990s, is a versatile South African music producer, DJ, and songwriter. Alongside his music pursuits, he’s a creative involved in fashion, drawing, and film. Known for his amapiano tracks, he’s often referred to as the “Tsonga Michael Jackson” for his captivating performances. Musa Keys transitioned from trap to amapiano, releasing the EP “The Streets Are Calling” in 2019. His albums “Widlysm” (2020) and “Tayo” (2021) gained acclaim, featuring hits like “Mali Yephepha” and “Vula Mlomo.” He’s expanded his reach with performances in countries like Tanzania and Ghana, showcasing his talents internationally. Alongside his company, Top Tier Entertainment, Musa Keys is signed to the talent management agency T Effect.
Focalistic, born Lethabo Sebetso, is a South African singer and rapper who gained fame with the hit “Ke Star Remix” featuring Davido. He won the Artist On Rise competition in 2016 and earned numerous nominations and awards, including MTV Europe Music Awards and African Muzik Magazine Awards. Focalistic’s music has made waves internationally, and he’s known for his dynamic performances on global stages.
Desmond and the Tutus have been gallivanting across the world’s stages with their unique brand of indie rock for around fifteen years now, and have carved out a niche for themselves that no band can emulate. Their discography is a collection of kwela melodies and indie-punk aesthetic, with their last album Enjoy Yourself (2015) winning a South African Music Award (SAMA) for Best Rock Album in 2016, and album’s lead single “Pretoria Girls” peaking at #1 on the 5FM Top 40 chart, earning them an MTV Africa Music Awards nomination. Having toured extensively throughout Europe and Japan, and opening for indie giants Two Door Cinema Club, Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah, and The Drums in South Africa, The Tutus have even played a super rad, totally unique show for a deaf audience at Joburg’s popular Bassline venue. Fifteen years down the line and Desmond and the Tutus still channel a high level of energy that is cheeky and infectious, putting on a spectacle of a live show that is enjoyed by all and is rivalled by few.
TxC stands out in a world abundant with talent as a distinctive amalgamation of DJs and performers. Comprised of Tarryn Reid and Clairise Hefke, this dynamic duo originates from South Africa, a nation renowned for producing global luminaries such as Trevor Noah, Nelson Mandela, Elon Musk, and Charlize Theron. In the midst of the challenging circumstances brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, TxC emerged as trailblazers, introducing a groundbreaking performance approach and innovative online song-breaking technique. Their exhilarating DJ sets and captivating stage presence propelled them to international recognition, gracing the prestigious FIFA World Cup stage alongside Budweiser and sharing the spotlight with acclaimed artists like Burna Boy and Davido.
Hailing from Gqeberha, South Africa, TxC embarked on an extraordinary journey that ultimately brought them to the vibrant music scene of Johannesburg, where they solidified their position as a powerhouse in the industry. Today, TxC proudly represents the Amapiano genre on a global scale, with their gold-selling records such as “Too Deep (ft. Dinky Kunene)” and an upcoming music catalog that promises to ignite the world. Beyond their musical achievements, TxC is driven by a mission to share their captivating story, exuberant energy, and rich cultural heritage, while also aspiring to become the international face of the Amapiano music genre.
In four short years, Sho Madjozi has become one of South Africa’s brightest and boldest stars and an accomplished, multi award winning artist with a singular artistry that is earning her a devoted – and growing – audience across the world. Sho (real name Maya Wegerif) has done this while remaining the pride of her Limpopo province birthplace and wearing the influences of her cosmopolitan upbringing loudly and proudly. By fusing languages (Tsonga, English and Swahili), genres (gqom, Afro-pop and hip hop) and fashion (the traditional xibelani skirt with Air Force Ones), Sho pays homage to her Tsonga heritage while embellishing on elements of it with a global sensibility. Combining hip hop hooks with catchy gqom-rooted melodies, Sho’s audacious energy and colourful aesthetic has made her a trendsetting, household name and presence that could be felt from the very first reverberating bassline of her debut single, “Dumi Hi Phone” (2018). This remarkable artist recently penned a historic deal with Epic Records, becoming the first African artist on their roster in America. Sho is currently working on a new album, due for global release in 2022.
The Plastics are a beloved Indie-Psych pop band from South Africa. The Plastics have been nominated for numerous awards including 3 South African Music awards. The Plastics have had 3 successive Top 10 national radio hits, 6 Top 40 national radio hits, topped numerous campus radio charts with another 10 singles, and released 12 music videos. They have played every major music festival in and extensively toured South Africa, Europe the UK & Australia. The Plastics have a thirst for creating and sharing their music and art and aim to captivate, inspire, and push their limits with every release.