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 …

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:

(‘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.

Showcasing of Outstanding Talent

In keeping with the theme of showcasing outstanding talent from the Mandeni, KwaDukuza, Ndwedwe and Maphumulo regions of iLembe, featured artists for Mandeni include traditional Indian sounds from Kalakar featuring Keeran Eshwarlall, traditional Zulu dancing from Amasokemvelo, popular gospel band Mandeni Soul Healers, choral accapella from Central Voices, red hot maskanda from Sgora, kwaito sensations …

One Of The Nations Finest Rap Exports

19Born and bred on the streets of Mmabatho, Khuli Chana is one of the nation’s finest rap exports. Rhyming in vernacular rap called Motswako, he blends different local languages to bring a different sound, flavour and international appeal to the Hip-Hop scene.

To hear Khuli Chana’s rhymes click here:

And a taste of funky MuzArt: