Multi-Platinum, Grammy Award nominated trio Swedish House Mafia consisting of Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso, are widely recognised as the pioneers of electronic music with legendary live shows. The band conquered the globe with hit singles such as Don’t You Worry Child, Save The World and One. In 2013 they shocked the music world and fans by announcing a break with their farewell tour, which sold over one million tickets. Now, 10 years later, the Swedish House Mafia have come back stronger than ever.
Three letters that need no explanation. Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist H.E.R. has had an incredible journey, punctuated with inspiring projects and accolades that have quickly ascended her to superstar status. H.E.R. has received several awards including an Academy Award, a Children’s and Family Emmy Award, and five Grammy Awards two of which were won in 2021 – Song of the Year for “I Can’t Breathe” and Best R&B Song for her contribution to Robert Glasper’s “Better Than I Imagined. Along with nominations for a Golden Globe Award, three American Music Awards and four Billboard Music Awards
James Vickery, a singer of South African and British heritage based in London, mesmerizes with his blend of electronica and R&B. Overcoming hearing impairment, he embraced singing and caught attention with singles like “Lately.” Collaborations with artists including Disclosure and viral performances led to his 2021 debut album “Songs That Made Me,” featuring guests like EARTHGANG and Musiq Soulchild. He’s a rising star with over 700,000 monthly Spotify listeners.
Major League DJz is a South African music duo consisting of twin brothers Bandile and Banele Mbere. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, they’ve garnered attention for their unique hip-hop/kwaito DJing style. One specializes in percussion, while the other focuses on DJing. Their love for music was cultivated by hip-hop and jazz during their teenage years. Starting with piano in school, they transitioned to DJing and music production after high school.
Major League DJz is credited with pioneering New Age Kwaito, a trendsetting genre that revitalized traditional kwaito into modern urban culture in South Africa. Their journey exemplifies youth, ambition, and a drive for innovation.
Francois van Coke gained fame as the frontman of South African rock bands Fokofpolisiekar and Van Coke Kartel. He embarked on a successful solo career in 2015 with “Toe Vind Ek Jou,” featuring Karen Zoid, and has since released four acclaimed solo albums. His achievements include 6 SAMA awards for his work in various capacities. Known as a top live solo rock act in South Africa, he consistently sells out shows. Notably, he accomplished sold-out arena performances in 2018 and 2019, called ‘Francois van Coke & Vriende,’ featuring collaborations with renowned artists like Riky Rick, Karen Zoid, and Fokofpolisiekar, among others.
DBN Gogo is a rising star in the South African music scene, known for her talents as a musician, music producer, and professional DJ. She’s a prominent figure on the Lockdown House Party show on Channel O. Coming from a supportive family background, she’s made a mark with her exceptional skills on the turntables. Some of her hit tracks include “Amapiano Miz” and “Old School House Music.” Her track “Mayonice” featuring Jobe London, Makhanj, and the LowKeys gained widespread acclaim. She’s also noted for “An Ode To Pitori,” which blends jazz influences. DBN Gogo is a regular presence at various events, showcasing her prowess as a female DJ.
Mi Casa, a dynamic South African pop group established in 2011, seamlessly blends jazz, dance, R&B, and African influences. Comprising Joao da Fonseca (J’Something), Sipho Mphahlaza (Dr. Duda), and Moshe Kgasoane (Mo-T), they create soulful dance music that’s a fusion of genres. Their chart-topping sound combines live elements like horns, vocals, and keys with deep rhythms and innovative percussion, making their dance music original and captivating.
Jonathan Lee Pratt, known as JZyNo, is a Liberian Afropop singer and songwriter. His professional journey started in 2019, drawing inspiration from Kendrick Lamar. His hit track “Kpan Kpan Me” propelled him to fame in 2019, winning the MTN Liberian Music Awards’ Afropop Song of the Year in 2020. JZyNo’s accolades continued with wins at the Ghana Fashion and Lifestyle Awards, Ghana Innovative Youth Awards, and Ghana Creative Arts Awards in 2021. He earned recognition for his hit “Fall Down Inside” at the Ghana Emerging Stars Awards in 2022. JZyNo released his EP “Brown Sugar” in 2021, supported by singles like “All You Want.” Collaborations like “RULA” featuring Nedy from Tanzania and Epixode from Ghana showcased his diverse talent. In 2022, he was honored with Liberia’s Most Admirable Entertainer Award.
Born Ndivhuwo Elaine Mukheli in Pretoria, South Africa, Elaine, a 23-year-old RnB Singer breaking continental boundaries by giving R&B a fresh face. While studying in law school, Elaine had the urge to create her first project that later shaped into The now-Platinum – Elements. Self-released in September 2019, the 7-song certified-platinum collection blends mellow yet sweet R&B melodies with hints of trap-inspired moodiness and catapulted Elaine to becoming the first independent female artist to ever reach #1 on the Apple Music Sub-Saharan African charts. Following the success of her debut EP, Elaine signed a record deal with Columbia Records and moved to Los Angeles, California. Her new single “Deja Vu”follows the release of her dreamy single “Shine” and the sleek banger “Right Now,” which received coverage from NYT, UPROXX, HYPEBEAST, Teen Vogue and more. Featured in Essence’s 21 Artists To Watch, Elaine is set to release her debut major-label album that will discuss newfound independence as she aims to shed light on South Africa’s burgeoning music scene.
It has been 25 years since Mafikizolo burst on the local music scene. A quarter of a century later, the Afro-pop band still oozes energy, going strong, filling up venues, performing all over the world and winning legions of new fans. Their story is a masterclass in relevance, longevity and grace. Their albums Six Mabone, Van Toeka Af, Kwela and Sibongile cemented their place in the music landscape. Nhlanhla’s melodic voice, vintage fashion and style evolution accompanied by her trademark sunglasses became a fixture in entertainment, while Theo’s crooning, his dance moves, suits and hats set him apart from his peers. It is through sheer hard work, determination, consistency and respect for the craft that Mafikizolo has emerged as one of the most preeminent groups on the African continent with a growing following. There is nothing to slow them down as they charged forward to the next 25 years.
Hailing from the tiny town of Magaliesburg, just outside of Johannesburg, Jamie-Lee Sexton started singing and writing her own music at the tender age of 4 years old. Her powerful vocals and mosaic of musical talents are a progressive product of her pursuit of music since childhood. Playing guitar and piano from her adolescence, Jamie-Lee was always destined for something greater than what her small-town upbringing could offer.
Her first single – It’s True, off her EP Medicine Woman, released in 2022, was a collection of self-expression and creativity. Jamie-Lee says, “I needed to live a little, to have something to write about.” After that, Jamie-Lee released 4 other singles from the same EP, all achieving radio charting success. The EP debuted at number 1 on Apple Music, and these songs take you on a nostalgic sonic adventure, with refreshing melodies, instrumental hooks, and a touch of 80’s and 90’s pop revival. Bursting with moving beats and catchy riffs, these tunes are bound to have you humming along long after the song has ended.
Combined with multi-platinum selling producer Daniel Baron’s vision, Jamie-Lee’s music is like a firework display you’ll want to put on repeat. Since the EP release, she’s been nominated for two prestigious awards – Basadi in Music Awards 2022 – Pop Artist of the Year & Songwriter of the Year. Currently in the studio, Jamie-Lee will release a new body of work this year, and you can expect an album brimming with her exciting new vision & stories, all while staying true to her signature sound. Be sure to catch her live performances around South Africa!
Kelvin Momo, Thato Kelvin Ledwaba, is a Disk Jockey, producer, and songwriter. He has dropped and featured in many amapiano hits. He is well known for the private school amapiano, a fusion of jazz, deep house, and lounge. The DJ has released many singles and albums, which houses many tracks, that is now an anthem. He is a force to be reckoned with within the music space. The DJ featured C.A Souls in his 2019 debut single Abantu Bethu. He also dropped Yelele feat. Luu Nineleven and DJ Stoks. He was featured on the ninth edition of the influential label House Afrika’s Mzansi House compilation. In 2020, he dropped his first album, Momo’s Private School, under amapiano pioneer Kabza De Small’s label Piano Hub. Kelvin Momo has since been dubbed the best private amapiano dj by many supporters and has since dropped 3 classic amapiano albums.
When asked how and when his love for music began, Daliwonga attributes his passion to his father who centred his household around music. Born and bred in Soweto, Zone One, music played a vital role in his daily life. His musical career began in primary school where he formed a music group with his friends, in high school he decided to leave the group and chase his independence. In 2019, Daliwonga broke out into the very fertile amapiano scene with on Luu Nineelevent’s album “Simatasatasa” 2020 started with Daliwonga being introduced to the multi-talented performer and producer DJ Maphorisa and the rest is ,as they say, History. Daliwonga continues to cement himself as a talented musician and an artist on the rise with multiple collaborations with artists including DJ Maphorisa, Kabza De Small, Madumane, Nia Pearl, MDU aka TRP, XolaniGuitars, Souloho Tyler ICU, and Nicole Elocin. Daliwonga continues to prove to be one of the greatest singers of our time.
Hailing from Potchefstroom, pop rock band Monark, With two full-length albums and no less than 8 consecutive Top 10 radio singles to their name, MONARK needs no introduction when it comes to commercial success across the airwaves. The band catapulted into the limelight in early 2013 with their debut single ‘Smiling’, and their debut album, Negatives was nominated for 3 SAMA XXI Awards: Best Producer, Best Pop Album and Record of the Year for their single ‘Build It Up’.
When COVID hit, the band all had families to take care of and, with no means of income from music, they chose to get past the pandemic first. After slowly coming out of the grips of COVID, they felt inspired to put pen to paper for some new songs and realised they still had so much more to give to their fans and the local music scene.
A-Reece, Real Name Lehlogonolo Ronald Mataboge, South African Rapper And Songwriter Born And Bred In The Capital City, Pretoria. His Musical Journey Began When His Older Brother Would Play Underground And Commercial Hip Hop Around Him Almost Everyday. Although Hip Hop Was Not The Only Genre Of Music That Was Played In His Household, Hip Hop Appealed To Him The Most From A Very Young Age. So Much So That By The Time He Was 10 Years Old, A- Reece Had Already Started Writing His Own Music. A-Reece Released His First Mixtape ‘forever King’ In 2013 which Caught The South African Hip-Hop Industry’s Attention In 2014.In 2015 He Released His 2nd Ep ‘best Things In Life Are Free’ Which Got Him Signed To Ambitiouz Entertainment. A-Reece Released His Debut Album Paradise, Which Shot Straight To Number 1 On Apple And Itunes And Won Him The Best Lyricists Award At The South African Hip Hop Awards In 2016.
Prime Circle is regarded as South African rock royalty with numerous awards, six studio albums which have achieved multi-platinum status, several chart-topping singles and sold-out tours to its name. Known as one of the most loved bands in the country, the group is also recognised on the international stage and has management in Germany. In the past few years Prime Circle has made strong inroads into the UK and European markets, gigging intensively and being playlisted on radio and headlining major rock festivals. Since its formation in 2001, Prime Circle has demonstrated unmatched staying power with a dynamic sound that continues to evolve. Its success can be attributed to the fact that the members constantly challenge themselves while exploring new geographical and musical horizons
Bongani Mohosana (born June 9, 1987) known professionally as Mörda or Murdah Bongz, is a South African DJ, record producer, singer and dancer. He is well known as being a former member of the musical band Black Motion. He developed a passion and interest in music at a young age. He joined the church choir, where he learnt how to play musical instruments and was also involved in singing. He then developed his skills as a music composer, dancer and vocalist. Several years after the band’s founding, though, both decided to pursue solo careers. Murdah Bongz then changed his stage name to Mörda. In 2022, he released his first solo debut album, Asante, which was named after his daughter. In September 2023, Mörda announced his second studio album Asante II, which was released on September 29, 2023.
Uncle Partytime, a distinguished DJ, renowned for his expert command over Hip-Hop and Alternative music. His journey in the realm of music commenced in 2015 where he embraced his destiny as a DJ. Early in his career, he embraced the role of a performance DJ for a prominent rap artist, subsequently embarking on a path to forge his own musical identity. This juncture marked the revelation of Uncle Partytime’s remarkable versatility, as he fearlessly delved into an array of genres beyond the realm of Hip-Hop, notably embracing the realm of alternative music. His talents resonated not only within South Africa but also transcended borders, captivating audiences in countries such as Swaziland, Lesotho, and Ghana during his notable Accra tour. From humble beginnings in Braamfontein bars, his performances now resonate with thousands across South Africa and beyond. He’s shared stages with global icons like ASAP Ferg, Skepta, Wiley, Joey Badass, Vince Staples, Uno The Activist and NSG, Buddy, Guapdad4000 and BAS amplifying the Uncle Partytime brand.