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MotherLand X Presents “King of the Boards: a new innovative series to shine light on producers

MotherLand X is one of eSwatini’s music label which is always pushing boundaries and elevating local artists. In the recent months they have been hosting a social Sunday event called Pop Sunday which has been well received by the youth. Since its inception, MotherLand X was founded with the main aim of shining a light on producers. “Producers are clearly undervalued all over the world yet they do most of the work behind the scenes”, Rendition (co-founder) explains MLXs background. Inspired by movements like Soulection which highlight the importance of celebrating producers and giving them the same respect as  artists. In its 5th year since inception MLX has grown in leaps and bounds and has elevated eSwatini’s music scene with some of their notable achivements being featured on a number of international projects – with the most recent being Rendition on uSanele’s mixtape, DJ Ohpis perfoming at the Luju Food & Lifestyle Festival, hosted DJ Shimza in December, unearthing new talent – Remedy (one to watch) being the most recent and countless other achievements.

MLX has grown to be a collective of not just producers but an entire spectrum of the creative industry (DJs, photographers, artists, fashion designers, videographers etc). King of the Boards is a new concept show in collaboration with Deck Life Events. The event is called Social Saturday Beer Garden spear-headed by DJ Mkay and it will be hosted at the Albert Millin. With an outdoor upmarket setting, young and diverse crowd this is set to be one of the popular events in the capital city. King of the Boards will be a segment which will feature two local producers to compete against each other. “The challenge to the producers is to captivate a crowd of over 500 people with their beats with the crowd deciding on the eventually winner” Rendition explains the concept. “The battle will be broken down into three rounds, with each producer playing a beat for 2 minutes per round and then the crowd decides on the winner” he elaborates. Each round will test the producers ability to grab the crowds attention considering three different elements.

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This new initiative will profile the kingdoms hidden talent and give producers the same platform and respect that artist get. Performances and deejay sets have been scheduled in between the rounds to keep the crowd entertained. With the ultimate goal of this concept is giving bedroom/budding producers the chance to showcase their talent and open doors for mentorship or even collaborations.


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Lakuti + Tama Sumo Present: The ‘Your Love’ Party At The Wonderland Club, Cape Town

Respected, highly acclaimed and revered cultural and entertainment pioneers, Lakuti and Tama Sumo, are back in South Africa again to entertain, inform and educate through the use of parties as a vehicle to drive change. Rooted in the underground and the alternative, they are globe trotters and guides that connect people, communities and countries to instil a sense of ubuntu where the one thing that connect us all is celebrated — our humanity.

Lakuti and Tama Sumo bring Your Love, a party series which happens in London to the Mother City. They called on some of their peers in the entertainment space to curate a platform at the Wonderland Club through which people can immerse themselves into the sonic worlds to be curated by the spinners on assignment. Events like Your Love are crucial for the culture as they are more than just a party, but rather a gathering of like-minded individuals with a shared vision, shared love for music and passion of driving change in the world.

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Get to know Lakuti and Tama Sumo below.

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Win A R30,000 Music Package With Moshito In Partnership With MTV, BET & Downtown Music Hub

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.

READ: The 16th Edition of the Moshito Music Conference Focuses on Women. 


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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.

For more information visit the Moshito here.

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The eSwatini International Trade Fair Presents ‘The Music Business Seminar’

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)
  • Merchandising – Touch of Soul
  • Sound Hire – Khulekani Karly B Mamba
  • Financial Literacy – Mandla Cheeks Nxumalo (Leserato)
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KuduKudu Presents 010: Nalu & HANNA

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.

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Early bird tickets are available here.

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 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.
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DJ Master P Presents Thee Phenomenal Fiesta

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.

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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.

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Moshito Music Conference Presents Inzalabantu Unchained: The 16th of Edition of Africa’s Premier Music Business Conference

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.

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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.

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Kitsi Music Presents The Green Lifestyle Festival: A Festival Created To Stay True To The Green Lifestyle

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.

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The 2nd edition of the Standard Bank Luju Food & Lifestyle Festival Was Bigger & Better

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.

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Image credit: Philani Dlamini

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.

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Uganda Is Set To Come Alive Once Again In September For The Nyege Nyege Festival

Every year for the last five years, the East African creative, media and culture-oriented communities have trekked into Uganda’s capital city Kampala for a unique, out-of-this-world and memorable experience. The medium through which this experience is carried out is by way of Nyege Nyege Festival — a four day festival which has grown into an international fixture which cannot be missed. Various reputable and respected music media platforms such as Mixmag, Okay Africa and Fact Mag, have described the festival as a genuine, authentically African and impressive event which you should consider attending at least once in your lifetime.

The festival offers a great East African experience rooted in the culture, sounds and tastes common in the regions; whilst doubling as a platform through which you can get a feel of where the African music and culture industries are headed. Their lineups are curated beautifully considering all the modern trends that are popular in the global entertainment industries and this is seen in how their lineups are curated to include artists from North America, Europe, Asia and South America. For the 5th edition of the festival, it said the aim is bring forth a full-on East African experience with Uganda being the torch-bearer driving the culture forward.

Nyege Nyege Festival Line Up
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Continuing the tradition of curating lineups stacked with talent, 2019 proves not to miss the mark as the lineup consists of some of the best artists and performers the world can offer. Artists like Nigeria’s alte scene frontrunner, Santi, South Africa’s underground rap phenom Yugen Blakrok, Suzi Analogue and DJ Shyboi who hail from New York are some of the exciting names booked to perform at this year’s event. The lineup is also stacked with other impressive acts from different regions of world, making for a truly worldly experience which is rooted in Africa.

Check out the 2018 Nyege Nyege Festival highlights below.

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