For young and up-and-coming artists, breaking into the music industry is difficult and carries a myriad of challenges that prevent them from succeeding. With the understanding of this insight, the Moshito Music Conference and MTV build the Moshito MTV Base Demo Presentation where up-and-coming artists can used their talents to score themselves a music package that is worth R30,000 to help them kickstart their careers.
The Moshito MTV Base Demo Presentation is an effort to provide artists a shot a huge break which includes; an opportunity to having the artist’s song sampled on a number of radio stations, professional demo recording and press kit development. These are things that young and up-and-coming artists cannot afford and by entering this competition they can cut these costs and be seeded into the right circles in the music industry. With support from Downtown Music Hub, this competition opens up a great door for aspirant future game changers in music to make their presence felt in the music industry.
The Moshito MTV Base Demo Presentation is open to all musicians and takes place on 2 September 2019 at Bassline (Newtown Music Factory) from 11am -4pm. There is no cover charge and it is absolutely free for all participants. A panel of expert judges in the music world including radio compilers, celebrity guests and music industry experts will select the 20 artists with the most promising potential. The qualifying 20 will be called back on September 2019 where the winner will take all.
JimmyWiz is an East Rand born and based rapper who is highly respected and regarded in the South African hip hop game. A fierce wordsmith who has gone toe-to-toe with some of country’s top-tier and feared MCs, standing his ground as an artist that can stand his ground but not only that; his catalogue speaks volumes for the South African hip hop game as it consists of quality and authenticity.
Over the years, JimmyWiz has toiled tirelessly in rap culture and business in Mzansi with affiliations with many of the artists who hail from the East and other areas of Johannesburg who we enjoy and celebrate today. Independently, JimmyWiz has built his own machine allowing him to stay true to the hip hop identity he grew knowing when he immersed himself in hip hop culture as a youth. An identity characterized by dope bars, attitude, impeccable storytelling and empowerment through song and message. JimmyWiz stays true to this and it is reflected quite beautifully in his catalogue; a body of work which will undoubtedly stand the test of time.
On his latest release titled Accordin’ To Jim, he zones in on himself and crafts an introspective view of his life; touching on topics such as love, his hustle, family, friendship and social issues like domestic violence. As much as the project is designed to focus on JimmyWiz and his life, it offers up value in the form of lessons delivered through story-driven song which prompts the listener to take a step back and reflect on their own life. The songwriting is beautiful with words threaded immaculately with the use of poetic devices to deliver great narratives, gritty bars and ideas. In 2019, no artist has dropped an openly introspective album with quality production and no skippable tracks. Accordin’ To Jim will stand the test of time and is a project that will grow with you, should you afford yourself the opportunity to immerse yourself in this project.
Stream Accordin’ To Jim below.
The project is available on all the other streaming platforms.
The eSwatini International Trade Fair (EITF) aims to promote eSwatini’s goods and services; develop links between eSwatini and international businesses, provide business exposure and promote development of small and medium enterprises. The two week long fair also gives a platform to local and international musicians to showcase their talent. The eSwatini Investment Authority (EIPA) partners with the Swaziland Arts and Music Association (SWAMA) and Association of Christian Artists in Swaziland (ACASWA) to handle the musical side of the trade fair.
The main attraction for musicians is the business seminar. “There is a great need for artists to transform their informal ‘hustle’ into formal processes that can be quantified” SWAMA president shares about the business seminar. “It is high time the music industry’s contribution to the economy gets quantified, and the only way that can happen is when artists themselves, get formal training on managing their music and brands as a business” he adds.
Artists are business people, they are employers, they are creatives and most importantly they have a product or skill to sell. This business seminar will equip artists in aspects that are necessary to advancing their careers and in turn make money through their talents. The business seminar will be on the 2nd of September from 11 AM with the main speaker being DJ Cleo of Eskhaleni Fame. Entrance is free and all artists are invited at Mavuso Trade Centre — the business centre right above the restaurants.
SWAMA has also invited successful, hardworking local and international artists to come and connect with local musicians on various topics. Topics to be covered during the seminar will answer the question of where the money is within the scope of the music business in eSwatini and beyond.
eSwatini International Trade Fair: Music Business Seminar Full Package
Royalties – Ms Nobuhle Matsebula (Ministry of Commerce Legal Adviser & Intellectual Rights Registrar)
Gigs & Live Performances – Steven Mtetwa (Artist Manager – So Fresh)
Digital Opportunities & Streaming – Mmeli Hlanze (Antidote Music)
Events – Mthunzi Shadow Zwane (Swaziboy Entertaiment)
Licensing & Scoring for TV & Film – Rendition (Motherland X)
Teaching music – Velemseni
Producing for other Musicians and Corporates – Mozaik The Producer (Claiming Ground Records)
Session Work – Sizwe Mabuza Big Siz (Project S Cubed Band)
KuduKudu Records, founded by Diamond Thug’s Danilo Queiros, are back with the heat at one of Cape Town’s finest music venues, The Raptor Room on Saturday 31st August 2019.
KuduKudu is an Artist-Centric Independent Record Label operating out of Cape Town, South Africa. Their core focus is helping Independent South African Artists reach global audiences. For KuduKudu Presents 010, it’s the turn of two of Cape Town’s best with RnB & Soul Singer/Producer, Nalu, joined by Zimbabwean born rapper-singer Hanna. Lock in Saturday, 31 August!
With almost 10k views on YouTube of the lovers anthem of 2018, ‘’Bedtime Confessions’’, these two incredible Artists are not to be missed.
Their August party sees Kudukudu working alongside @shesaid.so and #inclusionbeforeprofit. They will be donating their share of the party’s profit to the campaign. You can learn more about the campaign and make contributions here.
Come give your ears and soul an experience they deserve.
Find out more about the event here.
Get your tickets here.
The documentation of underground dance music culture is often centered on artists, DJs or singers and the performance or making of their music. Very little focus is ever given to the “fans” or devoted revelers who support the music and play a big role in building and sustaining the culture and spirit of dance music and their stories are never told. South Africa has a number of these advent fans who have had a major influence on dance floors and dance floor culture in cities and township spaces in Johannesburg and Cape Town.
Kenneth “Uglymann” Matshini is undoubtedly one of these notable super fans of deep house music and has become the face of dance floor revelers in the most popular parties in Cape Town’s deep house scene. We had a chat with him about his life and love for deep house music and why he has become a consistent face and super fan for deep house music and events in Cape Town.
Please tell us about yourself and where you are from? My parents are from the Eastern Cape [eNgcobo], I was born in Mossel Bay just four hours outside of Cape Town, but where my parents are from is where I’m from. It’s where I call home, it’s where I did everything as a kid and became the man that I am today.
What does Uglymann do for a living besides being a deep house super fan? I work in maintenance in and around Century City, I am also a freelance writer whose resume includes contributions for We House Sundays, MyCitiByNight, DeepStreet and We Are Pulse.
You are known by many as the guy that is in every deep house party in Cape Town. Tell us about your love for deep house music and when it began? I grew up in a city that isn’t really musical, and unlike other folks who would say they had at records at home from their uncle, I didn’t have none of that. I used to hear kwaito and house music outside a tavern, some days we would sit outside and when we sight a grown-up, we know we’d ask them to play a song for us. Now at the time you have to understand that we didn’t know any of the house artists, just kwaito artists because they were South African and always spoken about – but some of my early house music influences include anthems of the early 00s ‘Nick Holder – Summer Daze’, ‘Julien Jabre – War’, ‘Justin Martin – The Sad Piano (Charles Webster Remix)’ among others. I didn’t know the titles at the time of course, it wasn’t after the transition after high school that I really found myself that I realized that this is what I grew up with and loved.
You have become the face of deep house fans and an influential person in underground music culture, particularly in building support for major deep house events such as “We House Sundays”. Please share with us why you chose to support this event so consistently and tirelessly? [Smiles] I would talk all day about We House Sundays, but I’ll try and keep it as brief as I can if at all. We House Sundays has changed my life; I mean as people we are naturally connected to the music it just depends which genre your soul desires. When I first went to We House Sundays I just went there to experience what I had never experienced before, I didn’t for any moment think I’d find something as great, find people who I’d call family and travel to other provinces for music. You find events that are just events but finding something that is a community, a family, like-minded people who inspire growth towards others, people who are legitimately there for the music was to me overwhelming. Also, We House Sundays gathers constant support from me because they always push boundaries, always looking to grow, not just grow but grow with the people associated with the brand itself. October and December will be further proof of that when all is announced, there is a lot on the pipeline that will have people dropping their jaws.
It seems in your years as a deep house fanatic you have formed a crew of friends who love the music just like you, particularly at “We House Sundays”. Tell us more about your fellow friends in deep house and the relationships you’ve formed through music. It’s not a secret that the best relationships are those formed on the dance floor, well I’ve been lucky enough to meet those kinds of people and form what we call a “family”. Rafeeqah [Ely], Montino [Potgieter], Virgil [Spannenberg], Lwanda [Gotyonga], Dane [Thomas], Keanan [Jacobs], Sivuyile [Jack] are some of the folks I’ve grown close to. We are always together at events doing the best we can to bring the vibe, the people mentioned in the latter are the folks I traveled with to Johannesburg for We House Sundays x Kid Fonque feat. Jimpster, we are planning to invade Johannesburg [in November] for our taste of Deep Town Jozi, we basically want to explore different cultures, unite and bring back that 90s feel back when people went out to dance and enjoy the music.
Beyond being a serious reveler, you are also known for your love for football and for being a football pundit. How did this become a passion of yours and why? Football is the one thing that has always been there really, from my brother to my father’s love for it, mine grew. I used to read the Soccer Laduma and Kick Off publications my brother used to leave out for me only because I loved reading as a kid, it wasn’t until Grade 9 (2008) that I really took to it. I love talking about stuff in detail you know, analyzing and all – so I spent time reading the game for what it was instead of the rivalry of banter, I guess that is how I became a football analyst.
Is there a connection between these two passions of yours, deep house and football? I wouldn’t say there is a connection, I just have an undying love and passion for both. It’s what defines my life, it’s my source of energy and oxygen.
On a much lighter note, name one thing that would make you miss a “We House Sunday” event? [Chuckles] I’d say nothing, but the universe has its way of doing things. It would have to be a fatal injury that would land me in ICU, otherwise I’d go in crutches if I can.
What would you say to other fans of deep house music about the importance of constantly supporting DJs, producers and events in building the culture of underground music in the country? You know, there is nothing more painful in my eyes than seeing a DJ playing for a dull crowd or no crowd at all. It comes naturally to me to dance when music is playing even if I am the only one on the dance floor, but it’s the importance of showing DJs some love that drives me to do what I do. So I’d say don’t take note of what the time slots say, don’t go to an event just because your favorite is playing at a certain time – opening sets are just as important, getting to an event early has taught me that, I’ve really taken to the warm up sets.
Would you ever consider formalizing the important role you play in the scene by becoming an events promoter or artist/music manager one day? I’ve been approached by folks asking me to be their manager, at this point in time I feel like my passion is on the dance floor and I don’t know the first thing about artist management but it’s not something I wouldn’t enjoy doing but at the moment I still just want to be the regular jock that drives the dance floor. I’ve grown and become the important person I am because of it, but I wouldn’t put off artist management and maybe DJing, who knows?
Finally, what can we expect from Uglymann in the near future? Any projects or ventures you want to share? There is always something on the horizon, I am currently working on branding Uglymann more than anything. I just want to do that, see where it takes me – I also want to hone my writing skills so any writing gigs I can get I’ll take, more than anything though I am working on having a YouTube channel to just have a sit down with artists while I get an in-depth look at their music inspiration. I’d also love another channel to discuss football related matters, so that is where my head is at in this point in time.
R&B is a genre that is not that popular in eSwatini and the kingdom does not have many R&B artists. Mandisa Mamba is a diverse R&B singer-songwriter who made her official debut in 2016 and has achieved major success. After a year in the music industry, Mandisa was nominated as the Best R&B artist at the MTN SWAMA Awards 2017 and was listed as one of the artists to watch in 2018 by Glam Africa Magazine. We had a chance to chat to her recently to find out more about her.
What or who inspires you as an artist?
I am very fascinated and inspired by the idea that we have the power to create our own reality, it makes me hungry to see the kind of experiences I can consciously bring into my life. I am also inspired by women who push boundaries and break barriers, women like Bonang and Beyonce.
Describe your sound ?
I fall under the R&B genre but I like to think of my music as experimental in the sense that I mostly go with the flow, so when I pick a sound to write to it’S because I connect to it and sometimes it may be the furthest thing from a normal R&B sound.
What are some of the challenges have you faced especially in eSwatini’s musical scene ?How have you overcome these challenges?
I think the biggest challenge has been growing in Eswatini. It’s a small group that truly believes in us artists and although I am truly grateful for those who support us, it would be great if Eswatini as a whole stood by their entertainers. Unfortunately, this also applies to show promoters who tend to create 90% of their show focus on artists from outside our borders. This is not to say we should not be inviting and appreciating artists from outside of Eswatini, but this is a serious reflection of how much there is little support for the Swazi artist. I know in disagreeing with me, one may be tempted to point out one or two shows that are centered around Swazi artists, but unfortunately in such cases or “opportunities”, we face issues such as low pay or no pay at all, whilst the very same promoter would be willing to pay an outsider 50 times more.
No, there hasn’t been a solution in place but I would suggest that the eSwatini Music Associations comes together and does the following:
1. Pass a law that states a minimum pay for artists.
2. Ensure that at least 80% shows/festivals are centered around Swazi entertainers.
3. The Swazi audience can help us (as the artist) through silent/non-violent protests to demonstrate disapproval on shows that have little or no support for the Swazi artist.
Truth is we cannot grow nor thrive if our own people continue to look down upon us.
You recently released the video of your song Love Fiend, briefly tell us about the concept behind this song? Love Fiend is a mix of hip/hop and R&B. Inspired by the idea of desiring someone who doesn’t belong to you. The word ‘fiend’ seemed to be perfect to describe the depth of desire I talk about in the song, because it’s not just about the person who is desired but also what the desired person makes the other feel and how it then becomes an obsession or a case of behaving like one who is possessed, but in a sexy way, which you see in the music video. When I wrote the song I was writing from the perspective of the other woman/guy. Because when you listen to the words, you then get that the desired person is in fact involved with someone else. I never exactly intended to write a song for “side people”, the first few lines sort of came about in a jokingly manner and then my producer (Mozaik The producer) and I decided to stick to the story. It was a fun story to create. I wrote love Fiend about 3 years ago and only released it in 2018. Compared to my previous music, people are quite shocked at how daring I am when they hear it for the first time.
How has the reception to the video been?
The reception has been amazing. The music video has been received with so much love and I am so grateful to know that people appreciate my work. Taking into consideration that no one in Eswatini has ever created a music video that is openly sexy and expressive, I was so nervous about how people would respond to it, honestly. So it was a big relief to see that people understand the song itself and the music video.
What do you enjoy most about being a musician? What do you hate most?
I enjoy the process of creation, writing a new song, playing around with melodies and harmonies etc. I also love being on stage, I am excited by live performances. I don’t like that it’s a dog-eat-dog industry; people can be very dishonest, sneaky and selfish. I don’t understand why people are always trying to create ways to own the artist.
Take us through your song making/writing process?
I don’t have an exact formula to be honest. Sometimes I come up with ideas at random times and I’ll put them on my phone. Sometimes I’m able to start and finish a song in one day, sometimes it takes me months, even years. I have songs I started writing 2017 and only managed to finish the story this year. It depends on where I am emotionally I suppose. One thing I have noticed about me is that I am mostly able to tell the story once I am out of the situation, healed or in the process of healing from the pain and anger. Although, when it comes to talking about the good side of love, its easier for me to express it in the moment I am feeling it.
You’ve been featured on a couple of local projects, what is the process behind these collaborations?
I prefer to work with people I admire and respect. The process depends on everyone’s schedule, but it’s always better to be in studio and just move with the flow, together as one.
What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Trust your inner voice and surround yourself with people who believe in you but also who aren’t afraid to tell you the truth about your work. Being able to accept criticism is the key to growth.
What can we expect from you in the latter part of the year?
I have a new single out, it’s called ‘Anymore‘ and it’s on all digital platforms. I’m also currently working on more new music and I hope before the year ends I will have released more of that.
Where can fans-to-be gain access to your music?
Facebook: Mandisa Music
SoundCloud: Mandisa Mamba
“There is only one woman, and her name is all women. Nurture her, protect her, love her, guide her”
ESwatini’s music has flourished over the years and has produced a number of amazing artists. Born Phinda Dlamini, DJ Master P is a hip hop DJ who prides himself in his craft and representing his country the best way he can with every single set he delivers. With a career spanning over 10 years, Master P dropped his debut album entitled Dreams which was indeed a phenomenal body of work. Dreams is that type of album that you can listen to any day and time without skipping any single song.
The 2017 MTN SWAMA award best DJ winner is now back with a groundbreaking one man show called Thee Phenomenal Fiesta on the 5th of September 2019 at The George Hotel in Manzini. “Thee Phenomenal Fiesta is basically a Master P One Man Show, it’s about bringing together everyone who’s been part of the journey since 2008. It’s about celebrating the Master P brand”, he explains the concept behind the show.
Inspired by the growth of the Master P brand and followers, Thee Phenomenal Fiesta is all about giving his fans a full Master P experience with a twist. “People coming to the show can expect the best of me, also I’ll be unpacking the album, its gonna be an experience” he shares about what to expect on the day. The show will feature artist who were featured on his debut album and he’ll be performing alongside a live band. This will be a great show as it’s the first time a DJ in eSwatini has a one man show and the stunning venue compliments the whole concept very well.
Tickets are available at: Sdeez Supermix (Manzini) Ocean Basket (Gables & Mbabane) The George hotel (Manzini) People coming from outside the country can buy tickets at the door, or call 76275931 for reservations.
The 15th of August marked the official media launch event of the South Africa’s premier music conference – Moshito Music Conference. Hosted at Old Mutual backed platform and creative hub, AMPD Studios, the media launch was hosted by the beautiful and ever-so-talented, Rorisang Thandekiso. A small and intimate gathering was curated by the Moshito Music Conference team and the purpose of this engagement was to unpack the theme of the 16th edition of this monumental event. The legendary culture enthusiast and African music business giant, Dr. Sipho Sithole, opened the event’s proceedings by introducing the Moshito board, the theme of the conference and spoke briefly about the role that the conference plays in the South African music industry.
“This year, our focus is on women. All things women for this year’s Moshito event. Inzalabantu Unchained is the theme and it speaks to the ones that bring life to the earth, fertility, prosperity and growth,” explains Dr. Sipho Sithole. To fit this year’s theme, the chosen ambassadors and faces of the conference are the legendary, PJ ‘Thandeka’ Powers, and rising Afro Soul star Berita. The event is to be hosted at Constitutional Hill, a significant venue as it is the former Women’s Prison of the apartheid regime, making it fitting to the theme.
The Moshito Music Conference as a brand and organization has build connections in the global music industry with partnerships with over 16 music markets across the African continent. The 16th edition of the Moshito Music Conference is to host delegates from as far Botswana, Canada, Cameroon, France, Germany, Jamaica, Mauritius, Mozambique, Reunion Island, Nigeria, Swaziland, South Korea, Seychelles, Spain and more. The event is to be hosted over three days and it will include two music concerts and conferencing which includes panel discussions and workshops.
You can purchase your tickets at Computicket. The following options are available for you:
MTV Base Showcase Night at 94 Republic, Braamfontenin, at R150 from Planktin or at the door.
Moshito Free Street Festival at Newtown Junction. Access to this event is free.
Afro World Night Powered by BET at R150 from Web Tickets.
Full package for access to all Moshito 2019 events at R650.
Two day conferencing package at R250.
Come through to network, connect and build at this year’s Moshito happening from the 4th of Sep to the 7th of Sep.
Going greens means different things to different people. A good general rule of thumb is to reduce your overall carbon footprint. Kitsi Music is eSwatini’s first and most elite talent booking agency dedicated to developing with vision, expertise and integrity, the touring careers of exceptional Eswatini artists who not only connect, inspire and transform their audience but remain true to the essence of their art. Kitsi translated as ‘where we belong’ is a great cornerstone for well-established and professional artists who have soared in the SADC and are ready to soar worldwide.
This festival is a first of its kind in the kingdom — most festivals have been committed to green lifestyle but none have fully embraced and based their whole concept around it. Through creative collaborations with local premium musicians, the festival will provide environmental education to the attendees in an engaging way that is memorable, relatable and sustainable.
This event will stay true to the green lifestyle and stay in line with the cultural significance of that weekend — entertainment will be created ensure the minimum usage of energy on the main stage. Our artists are of strong cultural origins and they will also incorporate indigenous instruments to create a rare sound. By using the musical medium, the lessons of environmental stewardship will be spoken to the heart and the mind simultaneously. A positive tone, easy, memorable melodies, and a rhythm to dance to make this method of collective communication especially powerful. On top of this, it gives further reasons to take the time to listen to realities that face our earth.
All performances will be during the day to save energy! This is a festival not to be missed as it accommodates all age groups and every type. The stellar lineup which consists of some of eSwatini’s finest artists will surely satisfy your musical pallet and tons other forms of entertainment to ensure you have a splendid experience.
Saturday, the 3rd of August was the day every food and fashion fanatic was looking forward to, as the second edition of the Luju festival was taking place. First up was the junior chef cooking competition at the Amphitheatre which was exhilarating to watch. The kids showcased their culinary skills and acted like professionals with the winning dish being a honey-chili glazed chicken breast on bed of couscous and tsatsiki which was prepared by Jasmine Moyes. While the junior chef cook competition was taking place eSwatini’s very own DJ Ohpis was holding it down with his first set of the day at the main stage and what a marvel to watch. He proved that he is not new to big stages as he kept everyone entertained with his mixing skills and track selection which compromised of a variety of genres.
Every attendee was in a jovial mood, with a majority of attendees going an extra mile to try adhere to the ‘A Return to the African Future’ theme. With a variety of stalls to visit, one could not afford to be bored as the music playing in the background was just perfect in the setting the mood. From vehicles (the Ford Mustang and corvette were a hit), fashion, craft gin/vodka/rum to fitness and food stalls; one had a variety of entertainment choices. One of my favorite things about this year’s edition was the improvement in the sound at the main stage and addition of a stage at the food garden where Cool Affair performed. Another standout performance was Cool Affair who performed at the Luju Garden and made sure everyone was dancing whilst feasting on the variety of food that was available, playing his Acid Jazz/Nu jazz and Soulful House tunes and showcasing his piano skills on his midi-keyboard during his set. We hope to see more acts on the various stages curated for the festival next year. Overall, it was an amazing festival with all the booked acts bringing their A-game, especially the local acts who showed a high level of professionalism and honestly deserve more exposure. Bongo Maffin was the crowd’s favorite, as every single person was singing along during their energetic performance – credit should also be given to DJ Okapi who set the tone with a kwaito set which got everyone feeling nostalgic. I wish Holly Rey wasn’t given an early slot as she gave an energetic and stunning performance alongside her two dancers. Another addition that would be highly appreciated would be the addition of toilets and top up points because the queues at these spots were too long.
Credit must be given to the organisers for pulling it off once again. We ate, swayed and loved every moment. Definitely looking forward to next years edition set for the 1st of August 2020.