aKING is a melodic, alternative pop-rock band based in Cape Town, South Africa. The band is one of South Africa's top rock acts, drawing capacity crowds at venues and festivals across the country. Over the years, aKING’s energetic live sets and thought provoking lyrics have won them scores of loyal fans across generational and cultural boundaries.
Al BairreMore Info
Since launching at the beginning of 2012 and taking to stages across South Africa, Al Bairre, the Cape Town based five-piece classic indie finger pop band, who combine cello, violin, guitars, keys, ukelele and drums, has played numerous successful shows alongside great acts such as The Hives, Alt–J, Skunk Anansie, St Lucia, Boys Noize and Dear Reader. Al Bairre draw influence from bands such as Arcade Fire, The Cure, Fleetwood Mac, Vampire Weekend, Dexy's Midnight Runners and Ra Ra Riot, with their goal being to take an indie band and turn it into an “ice cream of orchestral sounds”.
During this time, Al Bairre has released their debut EP ‘When I Was Tall’. The independent release was very well received not only locally but also internationally with tracks being playlisted by campus and online radio stations across the world, as well as being featured on a London Fashion Week recap and a commercial featuring Louis Hamilton and Jensen Button. Al Bairre’s single We Move On was also featured in a television advert in the US for Hershey’s Bits as well as a Belgium a clothing advert!
Bongeziwe MabandlaMore Info
Two time SAMA nominee Bongeziwe Mabandla made waves overseas in 2014 with his perfect blend of urban-African folk. His heartfelt lyrics and honest delivery has seen him take to the stage in countries including Germany, Spain, Japan, Australia and more. Influenced by artists like Tracy Chapman, Simphiwe Dana, Jabu Khanyile and Oliver Mtukudzi, his sound has a rhythmically grass-roots vibe, while fusing elements of traditional Xhosa music, mbaqanga, soul, hip-hop and dub.
Fokofpolisiekar was formed in 2003 when a group of friends from Bellville decided to start an Afrikaans rock band. The sound was fresh and very different from the Afrikaans rock pioneers that had gone before. In the ten years since their inception, they have reached cult status in their home country and Fokofpolisiekar has become a household name.
The band have become known for their explosive live performances and raw on-stage energy. Controversial and ever-questioning in their lyrics as well as their lifestyle, Fokofpolisiekar has generated much controversy in the South African media.
Grassy SparkMore Info
Grassy Spark is a unique fusion of Ska-blend with multiple genres, where the end product is pure elation. Their beauty lies in the relevance and authenticity of each live show as they go out their way to appease and connect with their crowd.
The “Blend” is inclusive of each member’s personality – the quirks, the ups, the downs – as well as being grateful for and learning from one another.
Having played all the major festivals in South Africa to-date, with their highlight performing for a 3000-strong crowd at Splashy Fen in 2013, being chosen as musical ambassadors for Greenpop’s Trees for Zambia initiative was their turning point mid-2014, both personally and professionally. The experience made them as grateful as one can be for the privileged lives we lead and they returned to South Africa refreshed and with a renewed outlook on their musical journey.
This growth has manifested itself in their new recordings and it shows. Whereas their first EP was entirely self-produced and distributed, on their upcoming album they’ve collaborated with external producers to lend an overtly collaborative feel to the end product.
You don’t simply dance or move to Grassy Spark, you feel their groove at your core.
Jack ParowMore Info
JACK PAROW makes music that's best described as dangerous romantic Afrikaans rap extravaganza. Contrary to popular belief, his wild-fire success did not happen overnight. Jack started out rapping with crews from the Cape Flats and has been at it for more than ten years.
He studied to be a mechanic, but had to take jobs like packing fish in Cape Town harbour and allocating graves for the Cemetery Division of the Cape Town municipality to support his rap habit. Performing only for a beer and pizza soon changed, when Jack Parow released his first self-titled full length album that struck gold within two weeks of its release and went platinum within a year.
His music video for the hit Cooler as Ekke has hit three million views on YouTube, making it the most viewed Afrikaans music video in youtube history. His songs are hits on national radio stations and he has been on prime TV shows and on covers and centre-folds of publications in South Africa and in Europe.
Milky ChanceMore Info
German music duo, Clemens and Philipp, better known as Milky Chance, became a viral online sensation after they released their self-produced single “Stolen Dance” on YouTube, which racked up over 30million plus views in one month. They mix elegant electronic production with acoustic guitars and lilting, lush vocals and have mastered an original style that can best be described as singer-songwriter spirit mixed with electronic beats.
Clemens says, “Somehow, it's always a little bit melancholy, but there's a positive spin. You can dance to most of it too! Melancholy is something that I carry within me. I write the best songs when this mood catches me.”
The Cat EmpireMore Info
Renowned all around the globe as one of the world's best festival bands, THE CAT EMPIRE never fail to start a party! Best described with a series of slashes which might run something like this - jazz/reggae/funk/latin/gypsy/cuban/Australian party music - THE CAT EMPIRE have been touring and releasing records for well over a decade.
Their latest album, "Steal the Light" debuted top 20 charts in six countries. No strangers to the stage, in March 2014 they played their milestone 1000th show. THE CAT EMPIRE has a massive army of fans the world over, and for very good reason. They deliver incredible musicality, humour, entertainment and energy and are guaranteed to make you smile and dance.
The KooksMore Info
"It’s a word that looks and sounds beautiful,” says Luke Pritchard. “I love the roundness of it, the simplicity of it.” The word the Kooks singer is extolling is “Listen” – which also happens to be the title of the band’s new album. Luke’s reasons for choosing that title become clear the moment you dive into the new record – as they do when he starts to describe its genesis, and the personal and emotional transformation he experienced while making it. “To me,” Luke continues, “this album is about pure expression. Even the way we made the album felt fresh. Rather than us just being a band in a room, playing our guitars with the vocal over the top, which is what we’d always done before, we were really listening to what was going on around us, picking up ideas. The whole thing was much more natural."
Listen was kick-started by the track Around Town, the bare bones of which Luke laid down in his flat in London. The song’s subject matter is catty, its melody infectious and immediate – and, compared with the Kooks’ previous material, it represents a major shift.
Freedom is certainly the right word for Are We Electric?, whose sparse verse, resting on the sweetest of soul-funk grooves, gives way to a chorus of glorious, incandescent joy.
The RudimentalsMore Info
After several years in the industry The Rudimentals re-released their brand/music with Blaze up the fire media/EP Launch. We have experienced a good response from public with high rotation radio play on 5FM, Sound Boy Killa reaching number 1 and Bubbling currently climbing the chart currently @ 13.