Once more for the hip-shakers as we deep-dive into the South African spirit for a triple-stop, dancefloor thumping, blazing extravaganza of the nation’s finest sounds. Hitting up Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town from the 19th of September for three amazing showcases to spotlight the home-grown talent redefining their local scenes.
First up in our multi-city tour is Johannesburg. We’re kicking off our South Africa extravaganza in style with a roster of artists creating the future of sound within the alternative, experimental and LGBTQ+ communities.
These are the leading lights to watch, the pioneers who are redefining and reinterpreting the established sounds of Kwaito, Gqom, Afropop, hip hop and house. Scroll on below to get the full lowdown:
With a string of hits under her belt, Sho Madjozi is one of the most exciting and innovative artists to arise from South Africa in recent years. She embodies the new eclectic and inclusive spirit of this event.
The queen of Kalawa Jazmee, rapper and poet Busiswa has risen to the top of the SA music scene with high-energy, lyrically powerful tracks that manage to be both timeless and cutting edge. Fresh off a collaboration with Beyoncé on her recent Lion King OST, this is the perfect time to catch her visceral live performance.
Stiff Pap is a South African electronic music duo fusing elements of Kwaito, Gqom, House and Hip Hop music to create their own unique sound. The duo consists of rapper Ayema Problem and electronic music producer Jakinda. Established in 2016, the duo describes their sound as Industrial/Post-Kwaito. With Ayema’s enticing raps and Jakinda’s avant-garde production, the duo is at the cutting edge of African electronic music.
Khetsiwe Morgan AKA Doowap is a half-British-half South Africa stylist, hair artist, public figure, and live mix deejay that dabbles in Hip Hop, Trap, Grime, Gqom, and Bass.
DJ & writer, Zane Ntsikelelo 'Lelo' Meslani AKA Lelowhatsgood runs Vogue Nights Jozi, an inclusive movement for dance & music in the city.
Performance artist, activist, DJ Queezy is a key player in Joburg’s queer scene, and a DJ that specialises in dark, moody and grooving DJ sets, sprinkled with Ballroom and local SA influences.