ARTISTS

SATURDAY 22 SEPTEMBER

Main Stage

JORDAN RAKEI

An often overlooked but nonetheless, powerful sign of an accomplished musician is the point at which, upon listening to a track or entire body of work, we struggle to pin down the age, place, and time of the artist behind it. With a fistful of highly praised releases under his belt and a soulful, jazz and hip-hop driven sound that recalls his predecessors The Roots and peers The Internet, Nick Hakim and Hiatus Kaiyote, 25-year-old multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and producer Jordan Rakei is a rare talent whose artistry transcends the confines of age.

JAZZANOVA LIVE

For more than twenty years the eclectic collective from Berlin has been busy producing, composing, arranging, remixing, DJing and generally shaping our musical world – in the clubs, on the air, in the studio, live on stage and with their label Sonar Kollektiv. Their “very fertile musical world” (Time Out New York), which does “light a musical tinderbox” (The Face, UK), is “one of the best fusions of all the disparate elements of club music, yet” (Straight No Chaser) and “has dominated the jazz-dance and down-tempo scenes for the past few years, both with its own label and with countless remixes” (Phoenix New Times).

D-INFLUENCE

D-Influence are bringing back their fresh and timeless sound via a series of live shows. D-Influence, comprised of vocalist Sarah Ann Webb, guitarist & keyboardist Ed Baden-Powell, Keyboardist and MC Kwame Kwaten and saxophonist Steve Marston, created a distinct sound, which placed them at the forefront of the Acid Jazz and UK Soul movement. Their sound was raw, taking Hip Hop breaks and samples, fused that with real instruments which were melodically tied to your heart by the soul stirrings of a 17-year-old vocal assassin Sarah Ann Webb. Her golden soulful voice capturing emotion and shooting it directly into your veins.

WOMANDLA

Lerato Molapo, known professionally as Lira, is a South African singer. She was born in Daveyton, on Johannesburg’s East Rand 1979. Her name translates to “love” in Sesotho and she speaks four languages. She is a multi-platinum selling and an 11-times South African Music Award-winning Afro-Soul vocalist, who refers to her music as “a fusion of soul, funk, elements of jazz and African.

Simphiwe Dana is a Xhosa singer and song-writer in South Africa. Due to her unique combination of Jazz, Afro-soul, Rap and Traditional music, she has been hailed as the “new Miriam Makeba”

SA ARTISTS TO BE ANNOUNCED

VODACOM DANCE ARENA HOSTED BY OSKIDO AND KAYA FM

OSKIDO

From playing at the club, Oskido was inspired and influenced by early Chicago DJs/remixers like Frankie Knuckles, Steve Silk Hurley, Louie Vega (then known as Little Louie Vega) of Master at Work fame. During this period, he would pick up records and slow down their tempo and reproduce his own sound and put them on cassette. From this, Oskido was soon doing production work and releasing rocking mixes (on cassettes) like ‘Mixmaster’ and ‘Big Jam’.Meanwhile, his reputation as a DJ grew, and he was soon spinning at campus parties at Wits and as far away as Mmabatho, where he met his future Brothers of Peace (BOP) partner Bruce “Dope” Sebitlo.

DJ Christos

Often called the country’s “Godfather of House”, Christos Katsaitis was one of the founders of the Kalawa label and via this and his own Katsaitis Music, he’s been responsible for releasing some of SA’s most groundbreaking artists, including Boom Shaka, Lebo Mathosa, Shana, Daw and Black Coffee. As a producer he’s worked on classics like Boom Shaka’s “Free”, DJs At Work’s “Hey DJ” and Shana’s 2008 smash hit, “Uyangichomela”. Christos also produces deep Afro-funk alongside Vinny Da Vinci as DJs At Work, and they won a SAMA in 1998 for Best Dance Album. Christos has since picked up a further four SAMA statues.

Vinny Da Vinci

With just over two decades of deejaying under his belt, Vinny Da Vinci is one of the most important figures on the South African electronic dance music scene. Vinny has helped galvanize deep underground club culture in his various guises: as a partner in the powerhouse House Afrika Records (www.houseafrika.com); as compiler and executive producer of many of their top-selling compilations; as a producer alongside his longtime partner, Dj Christos in the groundbreaking DJs At Work; as co-owner of the classic Tshwane nightclub Carnalita; and as a deejay on the leading edge of the underground house scene.

Greg Maloka

Starting out as a programmer for FM radio, Maloka used his skills to master the creation of a myriad of content for multiple platforms.  As founder member and ultimately General Manager of popular youth radio station, YFM – where he worked between 1997 to 2004 – he together with other leading creative practitioners such as Oscar Bonginkosi Mdlongwa, popularly known as Oskido, led the growth of South African dance music. Through the Miami Winter Music Conference, they played a pivotal part in growing the popularity of house music from both the US and other global markets as well as that of South Africa as a global export.  

DJ Fresh

DJ Fresh is and always will be one of the most recognisable voices on South African radio with a career that has spanned over 30 years. Formerly known as Thato Sikwane from Botswana, DJ Fresh has grown into one of the most influential and respected musos in the South African music industry. His reputation for aligning himself with consistently good quality music has created loyal fans who trust his collections and productions. With over 30 releases under his belt, DJ Fresh knows how to create a smash hit. From his 5fm radio show, music gigs and CD compilations, through to his TV appearances, DJ Fresh embraces the very idea of being multi-talented.

LOUIE VEGA

A leader in global dance music, Louie Vega has painted an award-winning career from a palette mixed with everything from house, salsa and afro-beat, to jazz, hip hop, gospel and soul. What distinguishes the Grammy winner and 7-time nominee as one of the best living house music deejays is his ability to evolve alongside the times, distill the current musical landscape through his unique taste and put his own timeless spin on all the music he creates. 

Sunday 23 SEPTEMBER

Main Stage

ERYKAH BADU

Erykah Badu was born on February 26, 1971 to William and Kollen Wright in Dallas, Texas.She inherited a taste for music from her mother who introduced her to multiple genres of music (Joni Mitchell, Parliament-Funkadelic, Pink Floyd, Phoebe Snow, Chaka Khan). At the tender age of four, Badu began singing and dancing in productions at the local Dallas Theatre Centre. It wasn’t until her acting debut in the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreational Center’s musical production of “Really Rosie,” directed by her godmother Gwen Hargrove, that Badu realized she was a natural performer. “I played Alligator,” Badu says, “and at 6 years old, I got my first standing ovation. I knew I wanted to bring people to their feet from that point on.”

SA ARTISTS TO BE ANNOUNCED

VODACOM DANCE ARENA HOSTED BY OSKIDO AND KAYA FM

OSKIDO

From playing at the club, Oskido was inspired and influenced by early Chicago DJs/remixers like Frankie Knuckles, Steve Silk Hurley, Louie Vega (then known as Little Louie Vega) of Master at Work fame. During this period, he would pick up records and slow down their tempo and reproduce his own sound and put them on cassette. From this, Oskido was soon doing production work and releasing rocking mixes (on cassettes) like ‘Mixmaster’ and ‘Big Jam’.Meanwhile, his reputation as a DJ grew, and he was soon spinning at campus parties at Wits and as far away as Mmabatho, where he met his future Brothers of Peace (BOP) partner Bruce “Dope” Sebitlo.

DJ Christos

Often called the country’s “Godfather of House”, Christos Katsaitis was one of the founders of the Kalawa label and via this and his own Katsaitis Music, he’s been responsible for releasing some of SA’s most groundbreaking artists, including Boom Shaka, Lebo Mathosa, Shana, Daw and Black Coffee. As a producer he’s worked on classics like Boom Shaka’s “Free”, DJs At Work’s “Hey DJ” and Shana’s 2008 smash hit, “Uyangichomela”. Christos also produces deep Afro-funk alongside Vinny Da Vinci as DJs At Work, and they won a SAMA in 1998 for Best Dance Album. Christos has since picked up a further four SAMA statues.

Vinny Da Vinci

With just over two decades of deejaying under his belt, Vinny Da Vinci is one of the most important figures on the South African electronic dance music scene. Vinny has helped galvanize deep underground club culture in his various guises: as a partner in the powerhouse House Afrika Records (www.houseafrika.com); as compiler and executive producer of many of their top-selling compilations; as a producer alongside his longtime partner, Dj Christos in the groundbreaking DJs At Work; as co-owner of the classic Tshwane nightclub Carnalita; and as a deejay on the leading edge of the underground house scene.

DJ Fresh

DJ Fresh is and always will be one of the most recognisable voices on South African radio with a career that has spanned over 30 years. Formerly known as Thato Sikwane from Botswana, DJ Fresh has grown into one of the most influential and respected musos in the South African music industry. His reputation for aligning himself with consistently good quality music has created loyal fans who trust his collections and productions. With over 30 releases under his belt, DJ Fresh knows how to create a smash hit. From his 5fm radio show, music gigs and CD compilations, through to his TV appearances, DJ Fresh embraces the very idea of being multi-talented.

TODD TERRY

Grammy Award nominated DJ/Producer Todd Terry has been engulfed in dance music since he first started listening to European dance music records while growing up in Brooklyn. Already devoted to turntables, he heard something different in those tracks, and he “went for the difference. I never got a break in New York, but England happened right away, so I catered to them.” In any event, the Todd Terry sound was born.