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A trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer and singer whose career spans four decades, Masekela was part of South Africa’s first Youth Orchestra Huddleston Jazz Band (formed 1956) and formed the Jazz Epistles, who later became the first African Jazz group to record an LP.

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With their simple melodies and catchy rhythms, Shortstraw has taken the greatest of pleasure in rocking the most prominent live music venues and clubs in South Africa, and is well known for getting the crowd dancing. After 2014 took the band outside South Africa, Shortstraw continue to bring their uniquely South African “Indie-Bele” sound to the rest of the world.

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Acknowledged as one of South Africa’s finest chamber musicians and music educators, Du Toit received his early training from Meryl Preston at London’s Trinity College of Music and later completed his honours at the University of Cape Town with further studying in Germany.

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Mango Groove is a one of a kind, afro-pop band that draws inspiration from the 40’s and 50’s urban beat of the South
African people.

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The melodic pop-rock band, aKING, hailing from Bellville in the northern suburbs of Cape Town, was formed by Fokofpolisiekar members Laudo Liebenberg (vocals, guitar) and Hennie van Halen (bass) in 2007.

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Guy Buttery is a South African guitar player with a distinctive acoustic style influenced by traditional South African instrumentation. Live, he uses an EBow and a looper to create synth-like textures. He is influenced by such artists as Tony Cox, Brian Eno, and Ralph Towner.

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One of South Africa’s leading concert guitarists, Grace is also Head of Classical Guitar Studies at the University of Cape Town. A graduate of the Royal College of Music in London, he became the first guitarist in the history of the college to receive the Tagore Gold Medal.

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Beatenberg is a fresh new face in pop music from South Africa. Or rather, three faces, handsome and young and intelligent. The faces are of Matthew Field, who also has a beautiful voice and plays the guitar, Ross Dorkin, who has beautiful hands that play the bass, and Robin Brink, who has a beautiful life-force and plays the drums like a nutcase.

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Lynelle Kenned is an soprano opera singer who has established herself not only in the opera world but is making her mark on the entertainment industry as a whole.

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The popular singer, song-writer and guitarist, Arno Carstens first came to prominence as the lead-singer for rock band The Springbok Nude Girls.

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Loyiso Gola is a South African stand-up comedian. He is the co-creator and anchor of the late-nightsatirical news television series Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola on e.tv and eNCA which was launched in 2010. In 2012 he was named one of Mail & Guardian ’​s 200 Young South Africans, in the Media & Film category. Men’s Health describes Gola as having “divisive mass appeal” due to the openly critical nature of his humour, and being “a genuine thinker masquerading as a fool and the reluctant voice of a cynical generation”.

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Fast becoming a household name in today’s electronic scene, this versatile Producer has been
involved in many ground-breaking collaboration projects. In 2002 this prolific DJ was crowned South
African DJ Battle Champion.

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This Reggae band from Cape Town – originally started as an acoustic duo in 2007 – has since grown into a five piece group, with Ryan Kidwell on vocals and guitar, Ryan McArthur (from fellow band Captain Stu) on bass, Clement Carr (keyboard, saxophone), Nick Ornellas (drums) and newest addition, Bongiwe Mpanza (backing vocals).

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