2019 SECOND ARTISTS ANNOUNCED
IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
BCUC (Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness) (South Africa)
BCUC is a live music-performing band from Soweto and draws inspiration from indigenous music. The band sings ritual songs, shebeen songs, church songs and infuses these with raps and a rock ‘n roll attitude. Their music has been described as South African afro-psychedelic future pop. That seems like a live experience not to be missed.
Craig Lucas (South Africa)
After winning the national talent contest The Voice SA, Craig’s career has been on a steady upward trajectory. The economics and politics graduate from Elsies River in Cape Town has a lucrative record deal with Universal Music. His debut single, I Said This achieved number 1 on iTunes within a matter of days if its release. Craig’s debut album Restless is available in store and online.
Don Laka (South Africa)
As one of South Africa’s most innovative contemporary artists and producers, Don pursued music while working as a clerk in a grocery store. He has played with numerous South African notables such as Joy, Brenda Fassie, Sipho Mabuse and Sankomota. Don recorded his first big hit with a group called Umoja before moving on to form his own British-rock influenced band, Ymage.
He has also composed music for other artists. His production of singer Hugh Masekela’s album Jabulani, earned the duo a Grammy 2013 nomination for the best world music CD. Don has often spoken at music seminars and panels on the issue of quality and Standards of South African Music.
Don Vino (South Africa)
Cape Town saxophonist Don Vino started his musical journey when was 15, performing with local jazz and gospel bands. He has performed with a range of local and international artists, including Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Tevin Campbell, Cece Peniston, Sybil and Percy Sledge. He has also toured extensively, and his repertoire includes jazz, gospel and R&B. His debut album was called Worried and he is currently working on a second album due for release in 2018.
Ntsika (South Africa)
Ntsika is a member and a lead composer of the internationally acclaimed acapella group, The Soil. He has since also started a solo career, and critics have labelled him a creative phenomenon. His compositions have won a string of awards and he performs across South Africa and beyond. And just like The Soil, which he is still very much involved with, his music is all about exploring his heritage.
Sho Madjozi (South Africa)
While Sho Madjozi calls herself a rapper she can often be found flexing her rhymes on Gqom beats. Her single Dumi hi Phone with PS DJz went viral, gaining her bookings all over the country. This song has sat on the number 1 spot at Yfm, and been in the top ten of multiple national radio stations including Metro FM.
Famous for bringing Xitsonga to the mainstream and for her exhilarating performances in which she wears a colorful Tsonga dancing skirt, Xibelani, Sho Madjozi has played some of the biggest shows in the country including Fill Up FNB, Afropunk, Castle Lite Unlocks and others.
Soweto Gospel Choir (South Africa)
Apart from winning two Grammy Awards and four SAMAs, this choir featured in two Grammy Awards with other artists and has won an Emmy Award for its collaboration with Bono and U2. It also has an Academy Award nomination for its recording with Peter Gabriel on the Disney Pixar film Wall E.
The choir has travelled worldwide over the past 15 years, with concerts at Carnegie Hall, London Festival Hall and the Sydney Opera House, to name a few. They’ve been special guests at the MTV Africa Music Awards and the AFRIMA (All Africa Awards).