A WEB SERIES CURATED BY MPHO MOSOLA, CELEBRATING AFRICA’S DISK JOCKEYS & PRODUCERS WHOSE MUSIC IS ELECTEOBICAL AND PROMOTES THE IDEAL OF AFRO FUTURISM, CLUB CULTURE & AUESTHETIC NIGHT LIFE.
GET TO KNOW JACKIE QUEENS
Jackie Queens is the Zimbabwean born, South African based songwriter and vocalist disrupting the status quo of the music industry’s perspective on the role women play in it’s success. Her powerful presence in both artistry and business has her firmly placed as the doyen of African female voices in electronica. Garnering support from the likes of Black Coffee, while collaborating with rising talent such as Enoo Napa and Da Capo sees Jackie Queens cutting a formidable profile in positions that often leave featured artists as unnamed voices or shadowy silhouettes for their contributions. Best described as music with a message, Queens pulls focus on inspiring lyrics to accompany the Afro-house, tech and house rhythms presented through her work. It is, however, through her own label Bae Electronica and the projects she spearheads, such as GIRLS and #womenofhouse that she effects the most impact. Providing a platform to artists that, if ever heard, are often unseen. Queens presents a palette of honesty, inspiration and a tangible energy of inclusion – a force that can be felt in the deep, soulful and nostalgic warmth of her voice.
GET TO KNOW LIZWI
Nokuphiwa “Lizwi“ Mbatha is a singer / song writer whose music is inspired her unique Zulu ancestral background which she infuses into dance music and African acoustic compositions. Lizwi’s passion and inspiration for music comes from listening to the likes of Busi Mhlongo and this is echoed with each string she pulls in the studio and on stage. For this self-taught guitarist, music reveals her inner self and boldness. And even though she only officially started recording music in 2012, Lizwi has performed alongside talents such as “Rhythm Slaves” duo & Mazwi. Her ticket into the industry was a feature on singles with major industry underdogs like Enoo Napa, Kususa, DeMajor, Catzico and Minnie Ncwane. However, her debut solo single titled “Ndiyoyika”, released July 6, 2018, exposed her acoustic talent and put her in a different tier from the Afro Tribal Dance “club” music she is popularly known for.
GET TO KNOW THANDI DRAAI
Thandi Draai is a Dj, producer, singer and songwriter from Durban who is humble, ambitious and highly influential in the industry, thriving locally and internationally. Thandi Draai has been in the industry for more than 6 years and has already worked with South Africa’s biggest labels and artists. She was runner up for the JC Lerox Spinstress dj search. She also made it to the Trace Stars where she got personal comment and mentor ship from American music legend, Wyclef Jean. Thandi Draai remains the only female artist to make to the top 4 of the South African show, Master of Spin. She also played for the Dance Culture on Metro Fm, one of South Africa’s leading radio station. She represented South Africa with a set on BBC (UK) for Africa week on Minister Jams show. Her remix for the Mica remix competition was used as the official campaign song. Her drive and ambition ensures that she changes the game for females in the music industry.
GET TO KNOW DESIREE
Palesa Desiree Shilabje is a Dj is a born and bred Joburger who started listening to house music from the tender age of 10. Her love for the genre stems from her interest in modelling, where electronic sounds from the likes of Thom Yorke, Bonobo and Gui Boratto are frequently played on the runway. These electronic sounds together with Afro-tech sounds from the likes of Osunlade, Da Capo, Kususa and &Me define her sound. Whilst in university, Desiree’s passion for house music solidified as she found herself becoming a regular at events such as Deep Town Jozi, The Rhythm and Deep In The City thus inspiring her to pursue Djing in 2018. She has since played at places such as The Social Club and House 22.
GET TO KNOW SANDY C
Sthabile Andiswa Cwele, Sandy C, is an Afro House Dj and producer from Umlazi, Durban, who studied music at the Soul Candy Institute of Music. The African rhythmic drums excite and inspire her unique sound. Her ambition is to create an event that features a large line up of female djs to give female djs the the platform they deserve.
GET TO KNOW MAYA
Nthabiseng, Maya, is a Dj from Frank Fort, Free State, who embarked on her musical journey in 2017. She describes music as her medium for escape from negative energies. She is known for playing soulful house and Afro-tech.