ARTIST BIOS

JUNIOR
DE ROCKA

Junior De Rocka is one of  KZN’s most successful young DJs with a reputation of being able to please a diverse crowd in clubs.

Junior hails from the rough streets of KwaMashu in rural KwaZulu-Natal. Born in the early 90’s, he was raised in democratic South Africa. His love for music began at the age of 10 at his aunts wedding when the DJ got too drunk and couldn’t DJ anymore so he asked if he could take over.

From then onwards he was nicknamed “Fresh” inspired by the original DJ Fresh.

His love for music led him to invest his future in music and music production. He started playing in clubs from the tender age of 16 (2008) which landed him his first interview on SABC 1’s Selimathunzi and Ses’khona.

He is now one of KZN’s youngest DJ’s and one of the most recognised because of the diversity of music he plays.

All this brings us to the DJ we all know:

Junior De Rocka

DJ TIRA

Mthokozi Khathi known by his stage name DJ Tira, is a South African DJ, record producer, Durban Kwaito artist and a founder of a record label called Afrotainment.

DJ Tira has a keen eye for talent and has helped unearth a lot of it in the past.

He has helped bring superstar names such as Big Nuz, Distruction Boyz, DJ C’ndo and DJ Fisherman to the fore.

 

The Makoya Bearings, as he is also known, is now looking for new talent to help launch their careers.

MC ZOLA
ZEELOVIN

A versatile creative aged 25, passionate about the arts.

She was born and raised in Durban and went on to acquire her university degree (Bachelor of Arts in Drama in Media) at the University of Cape Town.

She currently works as a radio presenter at Gagasi FM hosting shows on Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Zola is an actress and has been involved in numerous productions from school musicals and plays to theatre productions, short films and has recently been featured in one of South Africa’s leading telenovelas “UZALO”.

Her aura and her smile are captivating and seeps through the lenses. Zola Zeelovin has presented many of the Gagasi FM events including the Red Star Experience, Beach Festival and the Loeries.

QADASI AND MAQHINGA

Hailing from Empangeni in the heart of Zululand, David “Qadasi” Jenkins and Maqhinga Radebe are an acoustic duo on a quest to revive the powerful sounds of traditional Maskandi music. Both SAMA and SATMA Award nominees in their own right, the duo have taken their fusion of traditional Zulu and western folk music to audiences in the UK, Europe, Asia and throughout South Africa. Their debut collaborative album, “Lashis’ Ilanga”, was recently nominated for a 2017 SATMA Award for Best Male Group.

DJ HAPPYGAL

DJ HappyGal is one of the leading female DJs to break out of Durban, South Africa with her successful career taking her all over the world and which led her to becoming the brand ambassador of Face of Africa.

HappyGal’s hard work is testament to her love of all things dance music related and one of the reasons she continues to be at the forefront in today’s music dance scene.

HappyGal specialises in House and Kwaito music, but due to her vast knowledge and collection of music, she can also adapt her playlist to suit the necessary mood for ANY gig she is booked for.

HOLLY REY

Sound-wise, you can expect a combination of AfroElectro kasi flavours, soulful lyrics and tribal undertones.

Over the past eight years, Holly Rey has carved out a place for herself in South Africa’s flourishing House music scene, becoming a fixture at major live events and earning herself a place in the hearts of music lovers from Umlazi to KwaMashu, Inanda to Folweni, Johannesburg to Soweto, Pretoria to Limpopo and the Free State.

Holly Rey concluded a successful three city tour in April and May of 2017. The tour saw her take her signature sound and live performances to 10 venues across South Africa. She ended 2017 at the New Year’s edition of Smoking Dragon and kicked 2018 off at the Imbumba Festival in Bulwer Park Durban and she has secured a number of slots on events for 2018 including the Bayimba Festival at Lake Victoria in Uganda.

Holly has also worked with the likes of Professor (Colour Blind Love), Zakes Bantwini (Love Me), EmEx (Bang Bang and Searching) and more recently with rising young producers like Argento Dust and Colours of Sound. Her latest release “Deeper” is produced by famed Koze Kuse producer, Mondli Ngcobo.

CLERMONT CHOIR

An ensemble now 25 years old, the Clermont Choir has become a family. This family is a foundation upon which many individuals have built, instilling the imperative values of discipline, commitment, respect for oneself and one’s neighbour, passion for one’s work, and a sense of contribution to society.

Clermont Community Choir emanates from Clermont Catholic Church Choir. Founded and established in 1992, specialising in different genres of music with more focus on choral, opera, classical and African Indigenous music. The Foundation’s objectives are to uplift and develop Choral music and singers into economically viable entities that enhance meaningful job creation and economic development through arts and ultimately contribute to social cohesion.

The Choir is based in Durban with 60 members of which 52 are based in Durban metropolis and the balance, countrywide.  Membership varies from schools, tertiary students, workers, and employment-seekers.

TIPCEE

The Umlazi born singer, Thobeka Ndaba better known as Tipcee, had a love for music since an early age. She was a part of the 2009 all-female kwaito group Chaos, under the record label 745. During their time together, the group worked with large names in the industry such as DJ Bongz, DJ Tira and Big Nuz.

2017 seemed to be the year of her rise, as she featured on a number of the label’s hit songs such as DJ Gukwa’s track Amadada which featured DJ Tira, and she was also featured in DJ Tira’s smash hit Malume. This has all led to her being dubbed the label’s “next big thing”.

RINGO MADLINGOZI

Ringo Madlingozi is a Cape Town-born South African singer, producer and songwriter who rose to fame when he and his band Peto won the Shell Road to Fame contest in 1986.

He later formed a group called Gecko Moon with Alan Cameron, a fellow Peto member. Their popular hit was Green-Green, which was a crossover track and was well received by music lovers.

Since his debut solo album, Vukani, which sold tens of thousands of copies, he has been unstoppable and moving up the music ladder.

He has subsequently scooped multiple awards for his albums including the South African Music Awards (SAMA) and the Kora All African Music Awards, where, among others, he won the Best Male Artist in Southern Africa and the African continent Awards.

He collaborated with international acclaimed group UB40 as part of the United Nations global AIDS awareness programme, recording the Xhosa lyrics of Cover Up. Brian Travers, UB40’s saxophonist, describes Ringo’s music as “fantastic”.

LADY ZAMAR

The SAMA 2018 award winning songstress is featured on many summer hits, including Lulo Cafe’s Dark Lady and Prince Kaybee’s Charlotte.

This dynamic 20-something-year old, born to multinational parents in Mamelodi, northeast of Pretoria, is definitely headed for the big league.

The singer, whose real name is Yamikani Janet Banda, says pushing her solo career has made her delve deeper into songwriting.

The chubby, yet sensational vocalist and songwriter, first hypnotised House lovers with the hit song Mamelodi alongside DJ and producer Junior Taurus, from their debut album as a duo titled Cotton Candy, released last year.

The duo made music together since 2011 before Zamar decided to pursue a solo career in April this year.

“Now I feel it’s time to explore.”

Talking about DJ Lulo Cafe’s single, Dark Shadows, which was released in May, she says: “The song is about realising that there is never one side to somebody,” adding that people’s personalities come in many shapes and sizes.

Prince Kaybee’s single, Charlotte, is another massive hit she’s on.

“Working with Prince Kaybee was great – he is a very professional producer with very strict work ethics.”

“One of the most important things was to make the song sound less complicated,” she says About her soon-to-be released album she says: “People never get tired of love stories. Love stories will never go out of fashion.”

The three massive solo hits she’s had in 2018 year are 1) COLLIDE 2) MY BABY and 3) LOVE IS BLIND. These are some of the most overall played songs across South Africa.

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