Based in Cape Town, Kimon hosts a monthly DJ night at The Waiting Room. He indulges in a variety of genres such as funk, dub, afrobeat, disco, cumbia, hip-hop, reggae and soul. He mostly plays vinyl, which he insists is due to enjoying finding new music in a physical format rather than for the sake of being a purist.
Watermark High is the alias of Johannesburg-based electronic producer and musician, Paul van der Walt. He draws his inspiration from a variety of genres including instrumental hip-hop, experimental electronica, chillwave, downtempo and bass to name a few. His next release is due early this year.
Cape Town local Thor Rixon embodies the spirit of experimentation and collaboration. His original sound is a blend of acoustic and electronic elements; the soundscapes he creates translate perfectly into a live performance. Definitely one to watch out for.
Born from the 90’s London’s rave scene and citing Cape Town’s kwaito and house sound as influences, the final product is the darker, grimier, gqom-sounding sonic palette that Jumping Back Slash delivers today. With his forward-thinking and innovative mindset, it’s no surprise he’s the producer behind Spoek Mathambo’s Fantasma project.
Hailing from Cape Town, this duo joined forces over their love of hip-hop and electronic music. Over the years they have moved into house and techno spheres, developing their sound in a more experimental direction. With recent performances at SXSW and Primavera, it’s hard to believe they’ve only been around since 2011.
Starting out in the town of Port Elizabeth, Robin Muniz and Sean Munnick have been exploring and experimenting with and combining genres to create their original sound. They were the first South African act to sign with Dirtybird and their following has been expanding locally and abroad ever since.
Living proof that two heads are often better than one. DJ Spoko, inventor of the genre Bacardi House, made a good move taking Mujava under his wing in Atteridgeville. Since then the duo have experienced numerous successes together and in their solo careers.
Using a turntable, a drum pad, a digital controller and a virtual orchestra inside Ableton live, Cape Town-based artist Fletcher Beadon will take you away to a parallel universe where art and technology alter the very fabric of reality. Get ready to journey into the world of dub.
R&B, soukous, afropop, reggae, house, shangaan electro and dub are just some of the genres in this eclectic Cape Town band’s repertoire. They released their self-titled album on Planet Mu Records in 2013 and since then they have played major music festivals such as Glastonbury and Primavera.
Cape Town's proudest Duo explores new creative ideas within and outside the hip-hop genre. Equal measures hyped up live exploits and conscious thought provoking raps, Ill Skillz always comes with a completely unique perspective on boom-bap, with a gang of features and friends in tow!
Based in Honolulu, Hawaii, Aaron Carmack is treading a line somewhere between the worlds of hip-hop and dance music. That said, you can’t really lump his progressive beats into one genre as it’s hard to discern where one ends and another begins. The best thing to do is experience this musical amalgamation for yourself.
London local Slugabed describes his sound as “weird bass music sort of stuff.” He’s been associated with labels such as Planet Mu and Ninja Tune and is currently working hard on his own label, Activia Benz. Beware of completely losing yourself in his chilled out beats.
Cape Town-based rappers Narch and Smooth Mike make up the electronic rap success that is PHFAT. Produced on analogue synths sourced from all over South Africa, their music draws from a range of genres and influences. Their unique high-energy performance is something you just can’t miss.
Lisboa resident and founder of the Enchufada label, João Barbosa aka Branko is a producer, songwriter and DJ. He is incredibly driven and his presence in the BBC Radio 1 (In New DJs We Trust/R1 Residency) is taking his vision of global club music to new heights.
The boys from Mix n Blend are coming at us from a new angle. Forged on the Cape Town streets, they are veterans when it comes to getting a dance floor moving. Manic drum and bass mixed in with electro means you better prepare yourself for a high-energy experience.
With a mesmerizing audio/visual display, this act is best experienced live. Drum and bass, dubstep, gabber and raw, undiluted bass meld together, echoing the well-traveled, diverse backgrounds of the duo. With releases on labels such as Dim Mak and Moving Shadow and a host of chart-toppers, they’re not to be missed.