Majola is a dated voice emerging within Africa, he is openly gay and tackles all issues concerning sexual orientation through music and his home language of Xhosa. his approach brings the debate of homosexuality back home and also contributes to language preservation. His acoustic soul/jazz approach adds to the emotion to which he delivers his material with.
The Eastern Cape, Bisho born muso Nani, caught the music bug at an early age. From watching her grandparents belting out church hymns at a farm in KwaGubevu, to admiring her unclesâ€™ talents as well-respected choir conductors, made the choice to get into music for the lass, all the easier. After she matriculated, she moved to Johannesburg and enrolled for a music and performance course at AFDA, where she graduated after three years, and immediately set sail to launch her music career. Under the guidance of her former manager Themba Makamo, she began recording songs, and it wasn’t long that she felt ready to work on her debut album.The 11 track offering sees South Africa’s leading musos landing their talents to produce a well thought out music album. Produced by CJC music production graduate Mpho Ludidi, the album fuses distinctly African folk and ethnic elements, with a touch of contemporary soul music.
Melanie Scholtz is a Jazz vocalist with other influential sounds including soul and folk. She is a composer and lyricist of note, and has collaborated with a few of the worlds best such as Bobby McFerrin and Kurt Elling. She has currently just released an album entitled Our Time, (independently)
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.
Multi-talented Freestate born afro-soul singer, songwriter and producer Maxhoba (MAX-HOBA) Maponya, is a breath of fresh air to the local music scene. His sound is a beautifully blended fusion of traditional African melodies, with a twist of modern harmonies. This talented vocalist is also an experienced voice over artist and workshop facilitator. His journey to Johannesburg in pursuit of musical accomplishments led to his meeting with one of SA’s award winning Hip Hop artists, Hip Hop Pantsula (HHP). Together they worked on HHP’s albums Maftown, Omang Reloaded, YBA to NW and Acceptance Speech and created some of HHPâ€™s top hits. He has over the years worked with other highly acclaimed artists like Amu, Morafe, Shugasmaxx, Don Laka, Pebbles and Kabomo. 2006 saw Max-hoba join HHP’s band for the Africa is Calling tour of Germany. It was this experience that lead to him stepping out on his own to cement his solo career. In 2010 Max-hoba released his debut album titled Making History. This Urban African Soul album blends his musical influences and deals with life, love, daily living and celebrates all that happens under the African sun and beyond.
The Collective is an army of freedom fighters living and fighting through music. The sound eclectic. Influenced by the old and new. A smooth yet feisty taste from the moans of the guitars to the husky vocals. ZuCo. is best experienced live.
Blending urban sounds with African soul on jazzy blue notes, South African born singer Khethukubonga “Khethi” Ntshangase’s sound brings to mind the soul stylings of jazz and soul connoisseurs. Her musical journey and pursuit to establish her name as a global brand is cosmic; inspired by her need to think out of the box! AfroTwist as a band understands Khethi’s need for fresh grooves that capture the tribal essence of her roots and her passion for jazz and the blues.
Khethi collaborates with musicians from all over the world on her travels. She is currently based in Johannesburg working as Khethi & her AfroTwist which comprises of cool young musicians. AfroSoulJazz is the fusion of sounds they love to play and sing. The band has been together since February 2009, enjoy each other’s musicality, constantly growing our craft by studying different genres. We are essentially a 6 piece band [lead vocal, keyboard, guitar, bass, percussions and drums] we also have a backup singer and a saxophone play. We have music training and each member has more than 5 years’ experience in music performance. We love it live!