Quintisential performs as a 4 piece band and is fundamentally a Rhythm & Blues band, with strong influences of Soul, Funk and Jazz. So our genre is R&B/Soul.
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 27-year-old soul musician started writing music in 2002 when she was still in high school. She moved to Pretoria in 2004 where she met Hakeem, a popular MC on the Pretoria circuit, who introduced her to the Pretoria hip-hop scene. While studying at Tshwane University of Technology, she quietly developed her skills and sound, which she describes as semi-jazzy soul blues. “I grew up listening to a lot of RnB records, although recently I’ve really just enjoyed the sounds of jazz, soul, blues, rap, gospel, but music is music so I can’t be limiting myself. Nombongo has opened up for Asanda Bam at her launch, at Cafe 52 in Pretoria. She was also honoured to get an invite to perform at Black Coffee’s record 60 hour set gig. She takes influence from the likes of Busi Mhlongo, Nina Simone, Sade and Thandiswa ect. She also worked with Outrageous Records in 2008 as a developing artist and says that her interactions at the latter have impacted positively on her music career. “Being at Outrageous Records has opened up channels that have allowed me to learn more about music.
Ternielle Nelson, a Durban-raised, Joburg-living singer and songwriter whose debut UNEARTHED is so startlingly good, its hard to believe that she’s not been a fixture on the music scene for a significant period of time. In fact, Nelson’s considerable talent was spotted early on by one of South Africa’s most astute music minds, Selaelo Selota, who first noticed the now 22-year-old during a year-end concert at the Central Johannesburg College and later urged her to enter the studio to record her debut. I think that the fact that I play guitar and write my own songs impressed Selaelo, Nelson confides. But Miss Nelson has since staged a number of collaborations with Culoe De Song, Dj Euphonik and is currently gigging with a live band. Her sound has evolved to include traditional, electro dance, Soul and Hip Hop elements to produce what can only be determined as the future of South African Music.
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.
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.