2019 FIRST ARTISTS ANNOUNCED
IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
CHAKA KHAN (USA)
Chaka Khan is one of the world’s most gifted and celebrated musicians, with a rich musical legacy, including 10-time GRAMMY® Awards. Khan is a songwriter, actor, author, philanthropist, entrepreneur and activist who has influenced generations of recording artists. Throughout her legendary career, Chaka has released 22 albums and racked up ten #1 Billboard magazine charted songs. This includes her smash hit ‘I’m Every Woman’.
ELIANE ELIAS (Brazil)
Eliane Elias is a Brazilian multi GRAMMY® Award winning artist who has sold over 2.2 million albums during the span of her career. Her 2017 release Dance of Time won a Latin Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album of the year. It debuted at #1 on two Billboard’s Charts: Traditional Jazz Charts and World Music Albums Charts, and also at #1 on iTunes USA, Germany, France and Brazil and #1 Amazon.com Best Seller. Her previous album, Made In Brazil, won a Grammy Award® for Best Latin Jazz Album of the Year. She now has 9 Grammy Award® nominations to date and she’s not resting on her laurels.
Moonchild are LA-based multi-instrumentalists Amber Navran, Max Bryk, and Andris Mattson. In May 2017, Moonchild released their highly-anticipated album ‘Voyager’ which pioneered a unique blend of soul and new-school jazz and was fronted by the standout debut single “Cure”.
Moonchild have collaborated or played live with many notable names in the soul-jazz scene including Stevie Wonder, Jill Scott, India.Arie, The Internet, Kamasi Washington and more.
THE LADY DAY BIG BAND (South Africa)
The Lady Day Big Band is a brand new, dynamic collective founded by well-known vocalist Lana Crowster, in collaboration with highly respected trombonist and composer, Kelly Bell, and acclaimed vocalist-pianist Amanda Tiffin.
The Lady Day Big Band is South Africa’s first all-female 20-piece big band, consisting entirely of professional female musicians. The band incorporates contemporary styles with traditional big band sounds, to give audiences an explosive experience of exciting big band music, and features the powerful vocal stylings of Lana Crowster.
SHEKHINAH (South Africa)
Shekhinah is a pop/R&B vocalist and songwriter born in Durban, South Africa. After singing and performing in musicals during her childhood and early teens the young artist competed in South Africa’s seventh season of the hit television show Idols where she made the top 32. Then she landed in the top 8 the following year. She has recorded with established music-makers DJ Black Coffee and singer Jesse Clegg.
In 2018 she won three South African Music Awards for her debut album Rosegold. She has also won the MTV Africa Music Award and been nominated for a Metro Music Award.