While the name may cause you to think of three large tattooed men, the band actually only consists of two, rather-small, tattooed men, Danilo Queiros and Adrian Culhane, and a very lovely lead lady: Chantel Van T. An intricate, but seemingly effortless, mix of electronic synths with live instruments. Mesmerizing vocal melodies flirt with dark bass-lines and hip-hop influenced drumbeats.
Momentss, short for Motheo Moleko & The Space Section, is a four-piece from Cape Town, South Africa. Influenced by African music, funk, and hip hop, the band believes hip hop music can be as musical as any genre and deserves to be showcased on any stage, regardless of scale. Motheo, who fronts the band, got his start in the SA music industry by helping form the Jeremy Loops project (as seen in one of the videos linked to in this form). With that act established and growing rapidly, Momentss is his latest project alongside drummer Asher Gamedze, guitarist Rob Scott, and bassist Daniel Bruce Gray.
Moonchild was born to an extroverted woman of song who’s independence was before her time. At the age of 6 months Moon found love in front of the camera. Young Moon burst onto the entertainment scene as a child model and hasn’t left the scene since. She began performing at talent shows as soon as her legs could carry her and the result of her early start is an exceptional ability to improvise. Following her mothers sudden death, when she was only a teenager. Moonchild left her home town in the Eastern Cape to study fashion in Durban. She quickly made a name for herself in the Durban music scene, performing at festivals across KwaZulu Natal. She has since relocated to Johannesburg where her presence has been no less noticeable. Moonchild has performed alongside artists such as Madala Kunene, Gcina Hlope and Busi Mhlongo. The move to the city of lights has also presented the opportunity to collaborate with the likes of the BLK JKS and Thandiswa Mazwai.
Shotgun Tori is a singer-songwriter making indie/folk with an edge. Road-worn vocals that wake up forgotten bits inside you, catchy melodies over acoustic guitar, lyrics that don’t pull punches, it’s music to make you laugh, to make you cry, to make you shake your shoulders, music to live by.
Bateleur is a 6-piece instrumental band based in Cape Town, South Africa. Formed in 2009, they have worked tirelessly at crafting their distinct sound and musical character. Bateleur’s identity lies in their endeavor both to evoke emotion in the listener – to feel – and to create something that challenges the listener. By doing so, this necessarily prompts the listener to attend to the music, encouraging one to actively engage with it. Bateleur is dedicated to artistic integrity of pushing musical boundaries and expanding the conceptions of engaging with music. Bateleur’s entire process is democratic and the band’s musical expression functions as a collective where the focus is on the practice of artistic creation, itself, rather than merely the final product. The collective song writing process results in music with an eclectic mix of experimentation with harmony, melody and challenging song structures, while never failing to appreciate the direct emotional impact of a well-placed hook. Bateleur believes in the sincerity and precision in music and ultimately aims at facilitating the listener’s immersion in the experience of listening to music.
Bateleur has released two EPs, the first being the free digital release Mountain EP in 2010 and its follow up Cargo Cults in 2012. Cargo Cults garnered a large amount of online media attention due to its unique release method. It was a collaborative project between the band and five visual artists each of whom produced art for four unique limited edition LP-sized made from indigenous South African wood which included a flash disc embedded within it containing the music itself. After a period where the public could compete in an online auction to own the, the band released their EP for download through Bandcamp. The release also included a B-Side of five remixes from various Cape Town based electronic producers, namely: Christian Tiger School, Oxblood, Fun Toy, Oltak, and Rub Rubb Rubbb.
Bateleur has played a number of music festivals and tours within as well as outside of South Africa. Festivals performed at include Rocking The Daisies, Splashy Fen, Flamjangled Tea Party, World music festival, Sowing the Seeds, AZGO (Mocambique) as well as the Malawian international festival Lake of stars in which they shared the stage with the likes of Foals, The Very Best, and Biao (of Vampire Weekend). This outing also garnered them a mention in NME.