Thembi Seete

After an endless streak of career highs and lows spanning more than a decade, she has finally arrived with a new album, Music is My Life, in tow. I’m sure you’d agree that this 32-year-old entertainer is definitely not up and coming.

Seete was born in 1977 in Soweto but grew up in Sebokeng in the Vaal where she stayed with her aunt and uncle. ‘I stayed with them for stability purposes because at the time my mother (Rebecca Seete) didn’t have a house and she was doing a lot of moving around.” When her mother finally bought her first house the young Seete moved in with her in Dobsonville.

Seete entered dance COMPETITIONS while growing up in the Vaal before she hit the big time in jozi. Her career highlights include being a member of revolutionary kwaito Boom Shaka and an acting role in the South African movie Hijack Stories. She has also featured in a string of SABC 1 dramas SUCH as Yizo Yizo, Gazlam and Zone 14.

Seete is currently a co-presenter on SABC 1’s DANCE show Jika Majika. She doesn’t consider herself too old for the show, “I think that my real age is 16, I’m just energetic and full of life.” It’s been a while since Seete released an album. Her energy levels are renewed. There is no other South African female pop artist with Seete’s potential to blow the pirates out of the waters right now. Her first SINGLE, FREE, is laced out with beautifully engineered beats that potentially make the track a serious club banger. DJ Cleo’s contribution on the album is a hip-hop track. He didn’t do a bad job at all. Seete’s vocal abilities are more refined, something she attributes to nine months of voice training.

Family is the only thing that kept her going when she felt like giving up. Her brother, Moagi Seete who is a National School of the Arts graduate and Mbali Nkosi, wrote ‘FREE’, which is currently bopping on radio stations across the country. Seete also worked with DJ Black Coffee and Theo Kgosinkwe from Mafikizolo on the album.

Seete describes her music as pop, but says it is different from her first two albums Lollipop and Smatsatsa, which failed to mesmerize listeners. “With Lollipop the sound was more hard-core kwaito. On this album I have two gospel songs but with a house beat just to rope in the young ones. One of the tracks talks about God and how He has guided me through.”

Free, a title that people will as one of Boom Shaka’s smash hits in the 90s. “This comes from that FREE. It is about breaking FREE, it almost goes back to that time when we (Boom Shaka) felt like we could do anything. Critic have labeled her a wannabe while others say she is ambitious and dedicated. True to her first single, think what you may but right now she is certainly all that she can be and more.

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Mandla N

Mandla N. (real name Mandla Ngcongwane, formerly known as Mandla Ndimande) is a South African actor, musician, producer and entrepreneur best known for his starring role as Themba Khumalo in the SABC1 sitcom CITY Ses’la (2005-2010) and its spinoff series Ses’Top La.

He is also known for being a member of the music group Gang of Instrumentals.

Matriculating from De La Salle college in Victory Park in 1999, he studied at AFDA and graduated from there in 2001. He won the award for Best Screen Actor while at AFDA.

Along with fellow AFDA graduate (and subsequent frequent collaborator) Tumi Masemola he formed the production company Black Brain Pictures which has made several series he has starred in.

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Lungile Radu

Lungile Radu is a South African actor and television presenter best known for hosting the Channel O shows Kasi 101, O-Boma, Set It Off and Shout It Out 1 and 2.

He matriculated from King Edward High School in 2000. He began his TV career doing commercials for Fanta, Standard Bank, Omo and Nando’s, a few years ago. After setting his foot in the door, he went on to pursue presenting gigs and it wasn’t long before he landed one.

He HOSTED the reality show It’s For Life (on SABC2, 2006), and took over from Taps Mokoena as the HOST of e.tv’s Fear Factor South Africa for the second season, which aired in 2007.

On 9 July 2007 he made his screen acting debut in the leading role of “rich boy” Sibusiso Vilakazi on e.tv’s soapie Rhythm City.

In 2012 he created, directed, produced and starred in the Vuzu reality series Forever Young, which follows him and fellow actors Siya Ngwekazi and Thomas Gumede as they “follow their hearts and live in the moment in pursuit of their dreams”.

In mid-2013 Lungile left Rhythm City as a result of conflicting work commitments. He appeared in his final episode on 7 June 2013 . In July 2014 he will be replaced in the role by Pallance Dladla.

In 2014 Lungile was named as the new HOST of the M-Net reality competition Big Brother Mzansi, which returned to air after a 12-year absence.

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Katlego

KATLEGO MABOE

Katlego Maboe is a South African singer, songwriter, ACCOUNTANT and television presenter best known for co-hosting the magazine shows 50/50 on SABC2 (2008-2010) and Expresso on SABC3, since October 2010.

A qualified ACCOUNTANT, Katlego is an MC, TV presenter and singer with the acapella group Flip a Coin. The group has performed live on the M-Net shows Huisgenoot Skouspel and Idols.

He was born and raised on Potchefstroom.

Katlego made his television debut as himself – a staff member at the magazine DEKAT – in the SABC3 magazine show of the same name, in 2009.

He was subsequently booked by 50/50 as a presenter and from there was HEADHUNTED to Expresso.

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Nonhle Thema

Nonhle Thema is the daughter of Derrick Thema and Cynthia Shange. Nonhle’s three siblings are Sihle, Archie and Benele Thema. Her father Derrick is a renowned journalist and author. He wrote the book Kortboys, which is based on the Sophia Town era, he was also the editor of men’s magazine Tribute and previously worked for the Star and Sowetan newspapers. Her mother Cynthia is a former beauty queen, she was Miss Africa South in 1972 and was the first black beauty queen allowed to enter The Miss World Pageant in 1972 to represent South Africa. She later became an actress starring in her own drama series based on her life called uDeliwe, which is what we know today as a reality show. She also starred in the Movie Shaka Zulu as one of Shaka’s wives. She then went on to WIN a living legends award by eThekwini municipality and she also won a ‘Star tonight most popular actress award and the big one She went onto win a SAFTA Life Time Achievement Award for her contribution to the South African entertainment industry for the past thirty years.

Nonhle Matriculated from Sandown High School in 1999 and following that attended a college called Allenby Campus. After completing a year in Information Technology she felt that it was not her passion. So she enrolled for a Marketing Management diploma “IMM” because communicating and engaging with people was what she did best. She went on to WIN the Award for Best Marketing student, with the most distinctions and beat out over one thousand other students for the title in 2001. In the same year she was also crowned as the first Miss Allenby Campus beauty queen. This was the start of her beauty pageant and modeling career proving beauty and brains could go hand in hand. She later landed her first corporate job as an events coordinator at a company called Marketing Federation. After a year she was head hunted by PriMedia to be their consumer promotions executive whilst she was still studying for her qualification and pursuing television work.

Continuing in her mother’s footsteps in the beauty pageant world led her to be approached by Channel O in 2003 to audition as their main HOST. She beat out two thousand hopefuls to become one of the eight hosts that were selected. She went on to host shows such as Soul Asylum, Hola, Love Jams, Divas Divine, Oboma, O News, Street Bangers and O Access. O Access was the first of its kind for the music channel, Channel O, where a South African host Nonhle was sent all over the world to interview international celebrities such as 50 Cent, Kelly Rowland, Lady Gaga, Marley Sons, Keri Hilson, John Legend, Akon, Pharell, Neyo, Chris Brown, Boys II Men, Mary J Blige, T.I., Rihanna, Nelly Furtado, and many more. This show was a ground breaking success being the highest rated show all over Africa, Nonhle enjoyed being an African ambassador and went on to host a fourth season of O Access. Thereafter she moved onto HOSTING the Channel O music video awards for two consecutive years.

In her next venture Nonhle became the global brand ambassador and spokesperson for the leading international brand Dark & Lovely. She is the first celebrity to endorse their BODY LOTION and the first African to represent their brand worldwide. Nonhle replaced Kelly Rowland of Destiny’s Child in September 2009 and was used in a worldwide campaign that included Africa, U.S.A, Canada, Europe, Jamaica and rest of Caribbean.

Whilst she was still hosting Channel O she was approached by Vuzu TV, a sister channel, to be the host & face of the brand new channel V – Entertainment, a live entertainment show. She then established her company Nonhle Thema Productions in 2010. Which centers on various Television projects. The first project was a music video she produced in conjunction with Don’t Look Down Productions for the hit track Fairy tale by Liquideep. Nonhle Thema Productions executive produced Nonhle’s new reality show Nonhle Goes To Hollywood alongside Bounce back Media and Vuzu TV. The show was Vuzu’s second highest rated show and has received massive attention from the media and fans both in South Africa and USA.

Nonhle’s Angels Program was born in 2007. After her own success she wanted to uplift YOUNG GIRLS to be angels. She needed to impart positive energy, thoughts and wisdom she had experienced throughout her journey and career with other young people. The Nonhle’s Angels program was named after her late aunt “Khanyisile Angel Shange,” who she credits as being her own angel.

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BIG NUZ

BIG NUZ is a well-known and highly celebrated Durban-based kwaito group under the Afrotainment record label. It is made up of three members, Mandla Maphumulo aka Mampintsha, Mzi Tshomela aka Danger and Sbu Khomo aka R Mashesha.

The name BIG NUZ is derived from the two key elements that define their sound. “BIG” relates to their vision of being a brand that aims to take kwaito to new heights across the continent and ultimately, the globe. They’re not in the business of doing things on a small scale. “NUZ” are letters that appear on the registration plate of vehicles registered in Umlazi township in Durban, i.e. Natal Umlazi. Their sound is one that is distinctly Durban.

The three hail from Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN) but their musical journey began in Johannesburg. While approaching various studios in an attempt to secure a recording deal, they tried various tactics to have their sound heard. These included a jingle for the popular e-tv soapie Backstage, which gave them an opportunity to perform on the show; recorded songs in 2003 with Koloi Lebone and Beatmaker which did not make it to the record shops; and featuring on Ishmael’s album in 2006 with a song called “BOOM”.

It was in 2006 however that their efforts and LUCK took a turn for their better. Gallo Records offered the group a record deal and their first studio album “Zozo” was released. Due to poor management, the album sales did not do well.

In 2007 DJ Tira heard the talented sounds of BIG NUZ and requested that they return to Durban in order for them to JOIN his record label Afrotainment, under which they remain signed. BIG NUZ’s first single under Afrotainment “Uyoysholo Wena” featured on the Durban’s Finest Vol 3 album made waves and reached the Number 1 spot on many radio station charts.

Afrotainment then released BIG NUZ’s second album called “2nd Round Knockout”. The album was a chart topper and sold over 20 000 copies in South Africa. The album won the award for the Best Kwaito Album at the 2008 Metro FM Awards and received a nomination at the 2008 Channel O Music Awards. As the opening act for the ceremony, they created an electric atmosphere that started the awards on a high note.

In the winter of 2009 BIG NUZ released their third album titled “UNDISPUTED”.

The 2010 music award season saw BIG NUZ scoop three awards at the MTN South African Music Awards: Kwaito Album of the Year for “Undisputed”; Album of the Year and Record of the Year by public vote for “Umlilo”.

With the number of tours that haven taken place elsewhere on the continent with huge success, BIG NUZ are a brand that continues to take the uniquely South African brand of music known as Kwaito to the rest of the world. Their latest album, “Made in Africa” released in spring 2013 has already taken the music scene across the continent by storm. Their hit SINGLES “Hawaii” and “Inazo” are definite summer anthems.

Contact details for booking Big Nuz : bookings@djsproduction.co.za

Moneoa

MONEOA

From the shores of the 3rd largest city in South Africa; radiates a 23 year old, (Umthatha born) Durban raised singer and songwriter, poised to make the world her own.

MONEOA is a dancer by profession; but has followed her heart to singing, after her family and friends made her realize that her voice glides across chords as swiftly as her feet through a detailed choreography. Her voice is paradoxically chilling, yet soothing and her “feel good” music is an interesting blend of afro pop/neo-soul delivered through a rare, vulnerable emotional catharsis.

Befittingly her debut album is titled “Coming from Going to” and her storytelling lyrical style is jetted from track 1 to 14 by producers like Vusi Ndlovu from Odeum Music; Beatmaker & Dan Joffe from King and I; Nick Holder / Da Capo from DNH Records and BINARY Boys from Voodoo Collective.

MONEOA is a true musical talent with a distinguishably raspy voice that floats effortlessly on tracks and satiating purposeful lyrics that exude “Life and Meaning”.

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THANDISWA MAZWAI

Thandiswa Mazwai (born 31 March 1976) is a multi-award winning South African musician, and is also the lead vocalist and songwriter of Bongo Maffin.

Thandiswa’s first attempt to get noticed occurred at the Shell Road to Fame talent show but Thandiswa did not even make it to the semi-finals round. She did, however, catch the eye of musician and producer Don Laka, who arranged to include her in a project he was working on. And so she began her career in 1998 with Bongo Maffin, one of the pioneering bands of Kwaito. She became widely recognised as the voice of South Africa’s conscious youth, their compositions consistently combining dance floor favourites with thought-provoking lyrics. They were invited to perform all over the world, and shared the stage with musical icons Stevie Wonder, the Marley clan, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Chaka Khan, Sean Paul, Steel Pulse and Skunk Anansie, among others. Their contribution to the South African musical cannon earned Bongo Maffin numerous awards, among them South African Music Awards, the Kora All Africa Music Awards, and the Metro FM Music Awards.

Going solo: Thandiswa[edit] After five albums with Bongo Maffin she ventured onto a solo career. Her first project, Zabalaza (2004), reached double platinum status and won numerous awards, including a Kora award for Best African Female and four South African Music Awards, including Best Album. It was also nominated for the BBC Radio 3 Planet awards. Her second album, Ibokwe (2009), reached gold status in the first few weeks of its release and her live DVD, Dance of the Forgotten Free (2010), won Best Female Artist and Best Live DVD in 2011. The Guardian has called her “South Africa’s finest female contemporary singer.”

Her music is often deeply political and her compositions include traditional Xhosa rhythms, Mbaqanga, reggae, kwaito and funk and jazz sounds.

Thandiswa has performed all over the world at venues, including at the 2010 FIFA World Cup Opening Ceremony, The Apollo in New York, WOMEX, the Cannes Film Festival, Midem, the Hackney Empire, Africa Brazil Festival, FESPACO Film Festival, BBC World Music Awards and many Mandela 46664 concerts. She has several noteworthy collaborations. For instance, she collaborated on two songs with US musician Meshell Ndegeocello on her album The World Has Made Me the Man of My Dreams, which was nominated for a Grammy in 2007. At home in South Africa, Thandiswa has collaborated with illustrious musicians including Hugh Masekela, Stimela, the late Busi Mhlongo, and BLK JKS.

In July 2012 she duetted with Paul Simon in Hyde Park, London, in his Graceland album’s 25th anniversary concert. She sang the female vocals on Under African Skies, which was originally sung by Linda Ronstadt on the Graceland album.

She is an ambassador for 46664 and an ambassador for the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa.

Contact details for booking Thandiswa Mazwai : bookings@djsproduction.co.za

SIMPHIWE DANA

Simphiwe Dana is a Xhosa Singer and song-writer in South Africa. Due to her unique combination of Jazz, Afro-soul, RAP and Traditional music, she has been hailed as the “new Miriam Makeba”

From 2002, she sang in small clubs in Johannesburg where she began attracting attention.

She made a major impact in South Africa with the release in 2004 of Zandisile. The album sold very well and gained several awards, including some South African Music Award (SAMA) in 2005. On its worldwide release the album gained success in the Billboard charts and she won an AVO Session Basel Award.[3]

Dana, who has been likened to singers such as Miriam Makeba and Dorothy Masuka, sings an artful musical form that blends traditional African music with contemporary soul and hence shows hints of gospel and blues. The depth of her musical portrayals is such that she has drawn approval from an older generation of South Africans, especially women, while her youth and grasp of contemporary pop has endeared her to the young audience. Among the songs in Dana’s repertoire are ‘Ndiredi’, ‘Troubled Soldier’, ‘Chula Ukunyathela’, ‘Bantu Biko Street’, ‘Zundiqondisise’, ‘Uzobuya Nini’, ‘Sonini Nanini’ and ‘Naphakade’. She also sings the theme song of the Yizo Yizo television show.

She has maintained a strong presence, with consistent radio play and live appearances at key national events and Festivals such as Arts Alive, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival and the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz.

With two commercially-successful and critically acclaimed albums to her credit, she maintains a busy live performance roster, which increasingly includes international dates.

Her third album, Kulture Noir, was released in the summer of 2010. She later released her live album, An Evening with Sipmhiwe Dana Live in Concert, which features her singing some of her best hits accompanied by a 27 piece orchestra. Simphiwe has been vocal on topical issues in social media including political issues in South Africa.

Simphiwe Dana is also active in the World Music scene in Europe.In 2005, Simphiwe Dana won the “Best Newcomer” award and Best Jazz Vocal album at the 11th South African Music Awards with her first album “Zandisile”.
Two years later, she was named the “Best Female Artist”, with the song “The One Love Movement on Bantu Biko Street”, at the 13th South African Music Awards.

Contact details for booking Simphiwe Dana : bookings@djsproduction.co.za / 0813401356

JIMMY NEVIS

Born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, Jimmy Nevis is a young (21 years old) alternative pop singer/ songwriter and producer. His sound comprises of quirky lyrics, acoustic tones and catchy melodies. Signed to Cape Town record Label, Rude World Records, with a publishing, licensing and distribution deal with David Gresham Records. Recent BIG NEWS: Jimmy Nevis JOINS global chart topping acts Steve Aoki, Deadmau5, Benny Benassi, Alyssa Reid & Kaskade with the signing of an exclusive deal with top American record label Ultra Records for the United States of America. Ultra Records have just come on board to distribute Jimmy’s album in the USA! Jimmy: “I’m trying to get South Africa back into pop music. I think it’s so neglected and undermined and I love the fact that I can be a part of someone’s memory. Pop music has that power. I feel like I’ve been wanting this for so long that I have to embrace it.”

Contact details for booking Jimmy Nevis : bookings@djsproduction.co.za