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Posted by radio On February - 22 - 2018

5k-HD (Austria)

5K HD is an Austrian avante-garde jazz supergroup made up of Schmied’s pulse front woman Mira Lu Kovacs and the 4 guys from Kompost 3. The improvisational jazz / funk / groove band is one of the most expressive voices in Austria. With partly acoustic, partly electronic sounds, one moves fluently through jazz, dubstep, break-beat, funk, and even into a prog rock escalation, effortlessly and seamlessly, but without ever losing sight of a pop sensibility.


Alice Phoebe Lou (South Africa)

Alice Phoebe Lou’s fiercely independent approach to her music has given the singer songwriter a creative confidence that shines through in her captivating vocals and stripped back music. Having developed her bluesy, folk sound busking on the streets of Berlin, Alice has caught the ears of a community of music lovers the world over with her honest storytelling and raw, beautiful voice.


Derek Gripper (South Africa)

Derek Gripper is a unique South African guitarist who explores many ranges and styles of music. It took Derek Gripper untold hours of painstaking work to transcribe note-for-note the complex compositions of Malian kora player Toumani Diabaté and find a way of playing them on classical six-string guitar. The results appeared on his ninth album, One Night on Earth, marking a meeting point of the written tradition of Western classical music and the oral tradition of the West African griots.

Derek continues his inspired interpretations of West African composers on his latest album, Libraries on Fire which won a Songlines Award for Best African and Middle Eastern Album for 2017. Derek’s next release is a recording of Bach’s solo violin works, transcribed for guitar, out February 2018.


Dub Inc (France)

They have toured all over the world for many years, regularly playing in front of tens of

thousands of spectators, setting the stage ablaze in the largest European and French festivals,

thrilling South American and Indian audiences alike. Their videos get hundreds of thousands of views in daily, and they are followed on social networks by more than four hundred thousand fans. Saint-Etienne based Dub Inc have never sought a particularly mainstream exposure; they went their own way, building their discography with passion, talent, and focus. Perhaps that is why they have been for almost ten years the best ambassadors of French reggae across the globe.




Dusty & Stones (Swaziland)

This country music duo made up of Gazi ‘Dusty’ Simelane and Linda ‘Stones’ Msibi’s. They are cousin /brothers who hail from Mooihoek, Hlathikulu, in the Shiselweni region. The two grew up listening to the music of Don Williams and Kenny Rogers, never knowing that one day they would become country music artists in their own right. They take pride in having won three awards at the Tihlabani Awards in the Best Country Group/Artist of The Year categories for three consecutive years namely 2009, 2010 and 2011.


Elida Almeida (Cape Verde):

Winner of the Prix Découvertes RFI in 2015, Elida, is an immensely talented young woman born on the island of Santiago. She developed her vocal techniques through simple church singing and was always interested in local musical culture, even presenting a show on local radio in Maio, where she grew up. A determined woman and committed champion of the right to education, Elida left her rural world to concentrate on writing her love and protest songs. Her career success and recognition has been hard earned, built by herself with grace and tenacity.


Flavia Coelho (Brazil)

Flavia has travelled many of the world’s roads. From Rio de Janeiro’s Favela ‘morros’ to the storied streets of Paris, this nomad feels at home wherever she’s made welcome. Her current refuge and home-from-home is a cozy retreat where she can transform, chrysalis-like, to emerge with a fully-formed new album, her third: Sonho Real.


Georgetown (South Africa)

Georgetown is a multi-instrumental Bluegrass Folk band from Pretoria. Formed in January 2014, the band consists of 4 permanent members Michael de Villiers, Renaldo van Dyk, Rynier Prins and Tiaan Erasmus.  They use a variety of musical instruments during their performance including acoustic guitar, piano, ukulele, upright bass, mandolin, harmonica, clarinet, saxophone, a washboard and a 1935 suitcase, promising a unique and creative sound to contemporary and original folk music. 


Kapa Dech (Mozambique)

Formed in Mozambique in 1996, Kapa Dech have performed all over the world, bringing the sounds of Mozambique to festivals across Europe.


DJ Lag (South Africa)

History will remember DJ LAG as a pioneer who propelled the quintessentially Durban Gqom sound beyond the confines of the coastal city, straight into the capitals of the international electronic music industry. DJ Lag’s superb production skills have played a big part in transforming a sub-genre of house – one that began by soundtracking taxi trips around Durban – to an enviably innovative participant in the global scene. Since he first surfaced several years ago, DJ Lag has played several major South African events, including the 2015 Johannesburg-leg of Boiler Room, and the 2016 Cape Town Electronic Music Festival.




Manu Sija (Argentina)

Manu Sija, is a young Argentine multi-instrumentalist who has created a nice based on the improvisation and miscegenation of languages, and Latin American folklore. He has manages to combine, in an original way, a sound that goes from Violeta Parra and Atahualpa Yupanqui to

Pat Metheny. He works within the orthodoxy of folklore, but still imbues the music with the flair of a jazz treatment. Manu was offered a scholarship to study at the renowned Berklee College of

Music of Boston and has already made seven tours  in the United States, as well as multiple tours in Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador.


Mario Batkovic (Switzerland)

With his latest album named by Rolling Stone as one of the 20 Best Avant Albums of the year, Mario Batovic is an accordion player unlike any other. Rolling Stone describes him like this, “He brings the cycling, repetitive pulses of minimalist composers to raw solo performance, creating a sparkling world of hypnotic melodies and resonating sounds. Miked so you can hear the intimate clack of buttons, it’s a stunning marvel of see-sawing melodies and warm wheezes.”


Nakhane Touré  (South Africa)

Nakhane Touré is a South African musician, singer and songwriter whose multiple talents have taken the world by storm. His musical style spans over songs rooted in African indigenous music and indie rock. An actor, songwriter, singer and activist, Nakhane is a major musical force.


Nathalie Natiembé.  (Reunion Island)

Nathalie Natiembé is free. She is a rebel. She has always said that she is doing maloya, even if it is almost absent, rhythmically, from her new album, it still wraps the whole of her state of mind with a marooning ambiance. Yes, she is free with an energy that earned her the nickname of “little punk of the maloya.” Its as if after her years of flirting with rock, pop, punk, reggae, she can now finally appreciate the pleasure of a peaceful happy marriage with this Reunionese culture- her second skin, the one which lives in her trance of words.


Nonku Phiri (South Africa)

Nonku, daughter of SA jazz legend Ray Phiri, has made a name for herself in her own right, most notably for her collaboration with Crazy White Boy on the track Ghetto Tech.  She is expressive and able to jump genres, seamlessly combining electronica, soul and hip hop. She is also a talented graphic designer and illustrator, as well as an actress. With her creative focus now firmly on her music, Nonku is continuing to take the SA music world by storm.


Oki Dub Ainu Band (Japan)

OKI was born to a Japanese mother and an Ainu father. After graduating in crafts at the Tokyo University of Fine Arts, he moved to New York in 1987, where he worked as special effects artist on film productions.  Oki returned to Japan in 1992, he received his first Tonkori—a traditional stringed instrument developed by the native Ainu people of Sakhalin. Although the instrument was regularly displayed behind glass in museums, there were virtually no traditional players. Oki devoted himself to studying Tonkori and soon began making his own. In 1996 he released his first album ‘Kamuy kor nupurpe.’ Shortly after he established Chikar Studio to in order to encourage other Ainu artists and promote the music of Ainu artists to the world. Chikar studio has presently released a total of 20 albums, including titles by the traditional singer Umeko Ando and the all-female ensemble Marewrew, who sing traditional dance songs called “Upopo” with a modern sensibility.


Rebirth of Cool (South Africa)

Rebirth of Cool is an idea conceived of the desires of two gentlemen of the musical craft, namely DJ Kenzhero and Tha_MuziK, to bring opulence to the public by taking the classics of jazz and fusing them with their descendants. They breathe new life into it, a unique and seamless concoction set to teach a thing or two while laying down the sweetest groove. Innovation and a shiny new perspective are the modus operandi, calling home the refined jazz palate and piquing the interest of the curious, hoping to leave with them a renewed appreciation with each encounter.


Samthing Soweto (South Africa)

Samkelo Lelethu Mdolomba also known as Samthing Soweto is a musician from Soweto, a township in Johannesburg South Africa. Samthing Soweto started his career as one of the founding members of the South African acapella group The Soil. He is honorably credited for his outstanding vocal appearance, co-writing, composing and producing 8 of 11 songs on their multi-platinum selling album The Soil. He has recently topped the South African charts with Sun-El Musician  and their massive hit, Akanamali.


Sibusile Xaba (South Africa)

Sibusile Xaba carries forth the Maskandi / Mbaqanga tradition of the KwaZulu Natal midlands, from where he originates. Steeped in the lineage of Zulu guitar giant Madala Kunene (Sibusile’s first mentor) & warrior chants of vocal master, Shaluza Max, he not only owns these influences, but pushes the envelope as only a maestro with a keen ear for the future does.


The Grammers (Finland)

The Grammers formed in 1999 when members Jussi Vuola on drums, Hannu Vainionpää on vocals and Hannu Huitu on guitars came together from different local bands. Soon after the band they recruited Ville Vesalainen on the lead guitar and Saku Kujala as the bass player. Classic rock’s messengers of the north, The Grammers, continue their ever-growing journey on classic rock’s dusty highway as they recruit Timo Toikka as their seventh member. Toikka, founder of the bands Achiote and Salatuikkajat, will be playing guitar and percussion to the already tremendous band sound.


Timbila Muzimba (Mozambique)

Timbila Muzimba was born of a cultural and artistic vision among a group of young Mozambican musicians and dancers in August 1997 in the township of Jardim, Maputo. Inspired by their own native Machope tradition, the group is dedicated to a passionate and ongoing exploration of the diverse traditions of Mozambican music and dance. With unblinking artistic authenticity, natural virtuosity, and the captivating energy of youthful spontaneity, they bring the magic, depth, and intensity of Mozambican music and dance to the stage.


Tlale Makhene (Swaziland)

Tlale Makhene is one of the region’s most sought after percussionists. Highly regarded by musicians and musical fans, he is also a teacher, session musician and performer. He has been touring across the region with his new album, Swazi Gold.

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