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Manon Steiner selects six South African House artists who will keep you up all night…

DJ Tira

Can you believe this guy started out with Human Resources? With beats like this, it is hard to imagine Mthokozisi Khathi ever did anything but mixing South African House tracks. Today he owns his own record label. At Afrotainment, he promotes many Durban-based artists. ‘Summertime’ is going to spice up your African winter or help you jump right into your European summer.

Durban’s Finest

Durban is the place to be when it comes to South African House. That’s why it didn’t take long before two of its biggest acts teamed up. DJ Tira and DJ Sox both have a background in throwing outrageous parties. With Afrotainment Project Management and Dope Jam Entertainment both made crowds go wild and gained recognition in the industry. It wasn’t long before fate brought them together. Enter Durban’s Finest. Are they really? Find out for yourself.

Big Nuz

Durban’s Finest is also in the mix of Big Nuz and vice versa. It was none other than DJ Tira who initiated their return to Durban from Johannesburg. He signed them under his label Afrotainment. Soon they were on the map with ‘2nd Round Knockout’. Today the kwaito group consist of Mandla “Mampintsha”, Mzi “Danger” Tshomela and Maphumulo. Their original third band member R Mashesha died in 2015 – on the release day of their sixth album, For The Fans. Big Nuz are known for their upbeat dance tracks and party tunes.

DJ Shimza

Way back in 2003, Ashley Raphala made House his hunting ground. But it wasn’t until 2011 when he won the Gauteng Carnival DJ Competition that people started hunting him down. Now he runs DJ Shimza’s One Man Show festival to make likeminded artists the next target for big producers. Despite its title, ‘Congo Congo’ is a great example of classic South African House.

Black Coffee

Some people like their coffee black. Many South African House fans love Black Coffee. Just like the beverage, Nkosinathi Maphumulo is hot right now. Another Durban-brewed product, he celebrated his international breakthrough with ‘Pieces of Me’ in 2015. Since then, he’s been invited to play at Coachella and Ultra festival, among others. Pitchfork describes his style as “a minimal, graceful dance … that pairs soulful vocals with bright, Afropolitan polyrhythms and futurist jazz.” Hear for yourself what that could mean:

Muungu Africa

A little more soulful, a little more chill – Muungu Africa’s music is ideal for a relaxed evening with friends. The group consisting of Thulasizwe Nkosi, Sindiswa Shobede and Bongani Shabangu celebrated their debut in early 2015 and have quickly gained popularity in Africa: “We want to tell Mzansi (South African electro) music lovers that we have arrived and we are here to stay”, Sindiswa proclaimed to the South African “Daily Sun”.

Manon Steiner

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by Editor
June 2, 2017

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