The Golden Voice of Africa

A superstar of African music, Salif is unique for a many reasons. Firstly, because he has albinism and second because has earned himself the incredible reputation as the “Golden Voice of Africa.” He is a direct descendant of the founder of the Mali Empire, Sundiata Keita. For Salif, entering the musical domain was forbidden by …

A Rich History of Unique Collaborations

Ray Phiri, N’Faly Kouyate (Guinea) and The Drummers of Burundi (Burundi) Awesome Africa has had a rich history of unique collaborations over the last fourteen years, and this year is not any different. Our latest mouth-watering partnership “Freedom Suite” blends musical styles from South, West and Central Africa and should prove to be one of …

The Man, The Music, The Friendships

A legend in his own right, Ray Phiri brings us his next exciting episode in “The Man, The Music, The Friendships.” With a global journey as musically diverse as it can get, Ray constantly finds new ways to bring innovation to the music industry. Ray has given a voice to millions who were oppressed, and …

Electronic Street Carnaval and Dance Floor Vibes

Check out this amazing band performing unplugged:

Awesome Africa brings a fusion of musical talents from all around the continent and this year is no different. Napalma is a musical collaboration between Brazil and Africa, creating an explosive percussive, electronic fusion that is added to sexy energetic sounds to draw crowds to their feet. This sound is definitely one of a kind …

In the Spirit Of Freedom

As an artist with a cause, Christine Salem, from Reunion, is a rare feminine voice of Maloya with a strong and charismatic personality. Accompanied on a kayanm (her favourite instrument) Christine sings in a multitude of languages including Creole, Malagasy, Comoran or Swahili. She also mixes music from the Indian Ocean with African rhythms played …

Durban’s Greatest Guitar Master

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Known as Durban’s greatest guitar master, Steve Fataar will grace the Awesome Africa stage in all of his glory accompanied by Errol Dyers. A true son of Durban, Steve celebrates his 72th birthday with his good friend, master guitarist, Errol Dyers from Cape Town. An occasion not to be missed, Steve and Errol will make every guitar fanatics’ dreams come true and convert the skeptics into super fans! At almost 72, Steve has spent close to 60 years holding a guitar. This true son of Durban soil has had his fair share of the spotlight. When Blondie Chaplin joined the Fataar brothers, Ricky and Brother in The Flames - the puzzle became complete and the band went on to rock the country, creating something akin to Beatle mania on SA soil. Their hit rendition of “For Your Precious Love” topped the Charts for 13 weeks straight. Watch Steve Fataar take the stage by storm here:

Africa’s Biggest Acoustic Music Export

Guy Buttery & Nibs van der Spuy With sell-out performances in the US, the UK, Australia, France, Brazil, Italy and all over Southern Africa, Durban’s own Guy Buttery is Africa’s biggest acoustic music export. Nibs’ virtuoso acoustic guitar style and mesmeric whispering voice have attracted a worldwide following for its intelligent folk, World and African …

(‘white person’ in isiZulu

“Qadasi” (aka David Jenkins, meaning ‘white person’ in isiZulu), hails from Empangeni and developed a passionate interest in Zulu culture at the age of nine. Inspired by Phuzekhemisi and other popular Zulu musicians like Ace Maskanda guitarist Maqhinga Radebe, he mastered the playing of traditional Zulu music and took it to another dimension.