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Young upcoming rapper Xenlaii releases his first song

“How To Play” smashing single by Xenlaii ft Amarafleur

From the humble beginnings of Pietermaritzburg, Xenlaii has released his first single titled: How To Play ft Amarafleur.

Born and bred in Pietermaritzburg, Xolani Thabani Mchunu better known as Xenlaii, the upcoming young rapper, singer, songwriter and performer started his music career at an early age inspired by the likes of Kanye West, Jay Z, Usher, Drake, The Beatles, Lebo Mathosa and TKZee.

“The song truly reflects the lack of emotion and affection in the youth’s relationships these days. Growing up in the era of social media and staged reality, these kids are on the quest for status, social acknowledgement, physical stimulation and materials. It’s the “live in the moment” culture, Xenlaii says.

His music represents life and he loves delivering his stories in a cohesively packaged manner where the visual matches the instrumental and lyrics.

“It’s all about innovation, creating vibes and an experience that will inspire generations”, he added.

In addition to his music talent, Xenlaii excelled in arts and sports in school. He grew an interest for Basketball and that elevated him to play for the U16 South African National team. This opened doors for him to be invited to the Basketball Without Borders Camp, which is a camp for the best 100 players in Africa. These achievements got him scholarships in both high school and university. He studied until he obtained a degree in Communication/Graphic Design.

The single is available on iTunes, Soundcloud, Youtube, Audiomack, Spotify and Apple Music.

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Ugandan Hip-Hop Artist Ajo Releases NUBA from African Reality Album

Ugandan Hip-Hop recording artist Ajo has released NUBA

Ugandan Hip-Hop recording artist Ajo has released NUBA, the second single off his forthcoming Album titled “African Reality.”

Ajo described Nuba as a collective term used for the various indigenous peoples who inhabit the Nuba. Mountains of South Kordofan state in Sudan. Although the term is used to describe them as if they composed a single group, the Nuba is an umbrella term encompassing multiple distinct peoples that speak different languages, often belonging to unrelated language families.

“The term should not be confused with the Nubians, an ethnic group speaking the Nubian languages, although the Hill Nubians, who live in the Nuba Mountains, are also considered part of the Nuba geographic grouping of peoples” – Ajo.

The rapper further stated that Nuba is a song about African Identity. This song refocuses the attention on self-worth and acceptance of who we are as Africans from skin colour to mental tenacity.

The song points out some of the outstanding characters in African History such as Shaka of the Zulu Kingdom, Mansa Musa of the Mali Empire, Kabalega of the Bunyoro Kingdom, Emorimori of Teso among others.

This Song highlights the state of life in Africa with personal description of how it feels to be part of Africa. It’s not the entire continent’s perception but a perception of through Ajo’s looking glass. This song also points out some of the gruesome acts that have been crippling the continent including and encourages Africans to raise the vail that is blinding them so that they see more clearly what the world is offering.

Stay connected with Ajo by following him on social media for updates.

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Pretoria Producer DJ Young DLC Signs With Sony ATV South Africa

Young DLC Song ATV signing

Ultra talented Pretoria based producer, songwriter and DJ Young DLC (21) has bagged himself a publishing contract with Sony ATV South Africa.

The Campus of Performing Arts Pretoria music student boasts under his belt production credits for Coke Studio Africa 2017, where he worked on all remixes and cover songs for the whole 13 episodes.

The 21-year-old producer, songwriter and DJ stormed South African airwaves early in the year with his first collaboration with Sylent Nqo, a guitarist from Zimbabwe, enjoying high rotation on Algoa FM. The Young DLC produced song, Be My Girl, was on the Eastern Cape’s AlgoaFM Top 30 charts for 14 weeks , and peaked at number 5. You can also here some of his music by visiting soundcloud.

Before signing to Sony ATV, Young DLC was one of the selected few producers invited to the Sony ATV writers camp, a weekend where he worked with South Africa’s crème de la crème of producers and songwriters.

Song ATV South Africa took to social networks to announce the signing with a statement,”#NewSigning Thrilled to have producer and composer Young DLC join the #sonyatvtribe Looking forward to being part of the journey”

A fast rising EDM DJ on his own right, Young DLC will be working on some exciting collaborations across Africa, Europe and South America. Young DLC production skills have been recognized by France’s Hip Hop fraternity, with some of the big names in the game already working on tracks using his beats.

Young DLC has a collaborative work relationship with Tristan of December, where they have formed a yet to be named songwriting duo. They have written a couple of tracks, and all projects are under wraps for now.

Young DLC, a former Boston Campus Soul Candi School of Music student, has his own solo single, Desert Flower which received positive reviews when he performed it live on eTV’s ShizLive in November 2017.

In 2016, Young DLC’s song Don’t Stop was published worldwide by a Netherlands Record Label. Young DLC was on Coke Studio SA 2016 where he produced for Aewon Wolf and Jade Brandon, their song is played on 5fm and other commercial radio stations.

Young DLC says,” This is a new and exciting journey for me. New Chapter. Excited that I will be working with Sony ATV, with worldwide songwriting and production opportunities. Surely dreams can come true, this is one good example”

Young DLC’s manager, Tendai Joe said,” We are thrilled by this milestone in Young DLC’s career. He is an incredibly hardworking songwriter and producer, with an amazing talent. With Sony on his side, Young DLC will surely grow to be one of the best songwriters and producers out of Africa.”

Young DLC was one of the headline acts at  the recently cancelled Treadfest SA, which was to be held December 2017 at Drakensburg Amphitheatre. Young DLC was on Billboards and posters with the likes of Gangs of Ballet, Mathew Mole, Sketchy Bongo, Francois Van Coke, Monark, Majozi, Locnville, Goodluck, Pit Fat, Chinda Munki, December Streets, The Kiffness, Ryki, Graeme Watkin Project, Yannick Meyer, The Sweet Resistance, Opposite The Other, DJ Wandile and others.

Connect with DJ YOUNG DLC on Social Media

Twitter: @YoungDLC_96
Facebook: YoungDLC96
Instagram: YoungDLC96

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Cape Town-based DJ and music producer Bee Deejay

Bee DeeJay x Anelisa – Should Have

Bee Deejay is a Cape Town-based DJ and music producer. Bee Deejay’s latest single titled “Should Have” features Anelisa Tyutyu – who tells a story about about missed chances. This girl met someone she really liked but did not say anything and was left wishing she had been more assertive in her efforts to get her crushes attention. This story is told over a beautifully-crafted afro-house beat fused with a live element in the form of an electronic guitar.

  • Tiitle: Should Have
  • Artist: Bee Deejay feat Anelisa
  • SAMRO Number: 2275376
  • ISRC Code: ISRC-ZA-38N-17-00003
  • Produced By: Bereng ‘Bee Deejay’ Phokeng
  • Vocals Written By: Anelisa Tyutyu
  • Additional Music (Guitar): Arthur Lesley Timbe
  • Mixed By: Bereng ‘Bee Deejay’ Phokeng; Siyamthanda ‘Mailo Music’ Thomas
  • Mastered By: Siyamthanda ‘Mailo Music’ Thomas
  • Distribution & Publishing : Afro Origins Media

Bereng ‘Bee Deejay’ Phokeng, is a Cape Town based dj; music producer; co-founder of BlueAppleEye Concepts; Founding CEO of BeeWear Urban Clothing and a freelance events manager.

Born and bred in Paarl, Bee has established himself as force to be reckoned with, within Cape Town and the South African music scene as a whole.

Founder of the renowned ‘Musical Expressions’ podcasts that has thousands of followers waiting to download whenever he releases. His music (mixes and production) has been supported all over the country by stations such as Metro FM, Goodhope FM, UmhloboWenene, 5FM, just to name a few. He has also featured internationally, on a radio stations such as QH, which is based in the UK. In February 2014, Bee was identified as one of a select few of artists in Cape Town to participate in a iKasi Connection Programme spearheaded by Red Bull & Bridges For Music that went on to release an album compilation.

Recent successes include reaching the number 1 spot on YFM’s hot 99 Dance chart and remaining there for a further 2 weeks for his song titled ‘Sunset’. The same song has been featured on an album compilation by Mizz titled ‘Deep Sounds of Cape Town’, which is available to download on itunes and other digital platforms.

Major events and festivals involved in include iPotsoyi Festival South Africa, CTEMF (Cape Town Electronic Music Festival), Rocking The Daisies Festival just to name a few..

Connect with Bee Deejay:

Twitter: @Bee_Deejay
Facebook: Bee Deejay
Instagram: Bee_Deejay

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Durban Kwaito group Decent Friends rocks KZN

Decent Friends – Ibhasi Cover

Decent Friends is a new up and coming Durban Kwaito group dishing out hot music while taking KZN and other provinces by storm.

Decent Friends couldn’t have come at a better time when people are starting to believe that Durban kwaito is dead and that no one makes good musical verses any more. Decent Friends is signed under the label RootsKollective.

They have two singles (Muntu wami & Amaginsa) released under the – Bang The drums project 2020 – a project that features various artists such as Xoli M, Afrikan Roots, Soulstar, just to name a few. They have also worked and collaborated with major artist in the game since they started their music career including, BHAR (Sugar hill), Bhizer (Kalawa Jazz me) & Dj Sonic (Gagasi fm).

The single: “Muntu Wami” by Decent Friends ft Afrikan Roots & Miss Twaggy is currently on high rotation in major radio stations around the country (South Africa); top 10 on the Gagasi FM.

The love song blends in the original Durban kwaito rhythm and sound with a touch of beautiful vocals sung by Miss

Twaggy; a song that truly takes one on a journey; a journey of love. It is slowly but surely becoming a favourite in wedding ceremonies and one of the most frequently requested songs in radio since its release.

More good music under this new group is hot single ft DJ Pinky called ‘Isela’. The song is a sought after song and currently also on high rotation on major radio stations.

Gagasifm’s King S’fiso drive and on the top 30 of the Gagasi fm charts.

The group is made up of 3 members Zwelethu Myeza (Stanza), Muzi Luthuli (Mpheristo) Sphiwe Mngoma (Sbopho); The 3 guys are all from Folweni in Durban.

Of late, Decent Friends have release another song called ‘Nal’ ibhasi’ this is a truly festive big banger, with a catchy tune and all round good music.

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Award-winning Photographer Manyatsa Monyamane to Exhibit at Cradle Contemporary Art Fair

Award-winning Photographer Manyatsa Monyamane

Twenty eight-year old Manyatsa Monyamane, a Mamelodi-raised, Johannesburg-based photographer describes herself as “an artist; a storyteller through imagery, inspired and influenced by African literature, theatre and everyday surroundings”. And looking at Monyamane’s portraits that boldly and contemplatively frame her surrounds, you can see how this description comes to life.

Her work won her a place in the top 10 and winner of a Merit Award in the 2017 Absa L’Atelier and she was also recently awarded the Lizamore & Associates Mentorship Prize and picked up the Multi and New Media / Photography Merit Award at the 30th instalment of the inaugural Thami Mnyele Art Award.

Her work will be on display and for sale at the forthcoming Cradle Contemporary Art Fair, which will be held over four days – from Thursday, November 30 to Sunday, December 3 at the Cradle Boutique Hotel located in the Cradle of Humankind.

Manyatsa Monyamane first started taking photographs with a point and shoot family camera at the age of nine, and later went on to study photography. “My photography is aimed at creating an archive and to serve some sort of historic record, while putting a spotlight on unpopular themes and subject matters and celebrating everyday life.”
Monyamane chats about a new project capturing the youth of the 1970s and earlier and what photography has taught her.

Can you recall the first photographs you took? 
Yes, the first photographs I took was of my family members.

Where did you love of photography come from?
My love for photography sparked from my love of storytelling, photography became that vehicle to drive the stories I want to tell.

What inspires you and your work?
My work and I are inspired and  influenced by African literature, theatre and everyday surroundings.

What or who is your subject matter and why?
The participants in this project emphasize the historical value of the elders, these are real people who witnessed and experienced the transition of an entire society towards the birth of a new nation and have defined what it means to be a South African today and yet their strength has never been celebrated. So this project focuses on capturing the essence of timeless beauty and style of the youth of the 70s and earlier, looking at how they define themselves 50 years later and also their strength that carried us through the dark days and continue to carry us to this day.

How do you go about picking your subjects and putting them at ease in front of the camera?
How I go about finding the participants that I work with is through friends, family members and moving around the city and townships having conversations with elders. Through the conversations, we have established a rapport which comes in handy when they stand in front of the camera.

You were recently one of the top 10 artists in the Absa L’Atelier awards. Tell us about that.
Having been a winner of the Merit Award has given the project awareness and put a spotlight on our unsung heroes and  heroines which created interest of people wanting to learn more about their individual different stories.

Has photography become easier now that it is all digital?
I think photography  has become more easily accessible but the journey of visualising and imagination in creating the work still remains the same but just more complicated for analogue. The fact that you can see the image after you’ve clicked the shutter on a digital camera as compared to analogue, where the image “exists” because you photographed it but it doesn’t “exist” since you haven’t gone through the lab development process, that inspires a different imagination process for analogue photography compared to digital.

What do you feel photography has taught you?
Photography has taught me to view life with a different perspective.

Which photographers, local and international, do you admire?
Edinah Ndlovu, Neo Ntsoma and Zanele Muholi

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Levit drops new intriguing single titled Bang Bang featuring A.M

Levit Bang Bang

Multi talented musician, composer, poet, writer and actor Levit Phungula has released new inspirational single titled Bang Bang off his upcoming album titled Prophecies of Africa. 

Stream/Download Levit’s new single titled Bang Bang here:

Bang Bang is a track that is fused with so many genres in one, the beat is a mixture of funk/hip hop and tribal. Phungula comes with a sensational combination of vocals and dope lyrical flows that will definitely resonate with many South Africans.

Bang Bang is an extension of Levit’s colorful discography, with a charismatic synching beat that contributes to the youthful yet ancient and authentic.

Levit Bang Bang

“The message on Bang Bang is for the youth and every hustler who is hustling the wrong (illegal) way that they should think twice about their methods of doing so. Every decision you make has an impact and consequence to it, it could be negative or positive,” expresses Levit

The artist started making music at the age of 13, he wrote and performed his very first song at a prestigious wedding at the age of 14 and since then he has been gradually making a name for himself.

Bang Bang is already play listed on key community and campus radio stations is expected to be a highly impactful single which will instantly bring life to many events across the country.

Make sure you request Bang Bang on your favourite radio station and follow Levit on social media for more upcoming projects.

Connect with Levit:

Facebook: Levit Phungula ( )
Twitter: @Levit_p  
Instagram: @levit_p

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DJ Keyez releases second single titled “JAIVA”


Mzansi DJ, Producer and Award winning Radio Presenter, DJ Keyez is proud to announce the release of his second single titled “JAIVA”. Produced by DJ Keyez and featuring the talented Mally & Nkiyase, Jaiva is a sing along summer song made for the streets and clubs. This is the ultimate Party season song.

This will be the first of many upbeat, dance floor hits DJ Keyez releases over the next few years.  This song incorporates uniquely South African elements in both the beat as well as the lyrics. The beat is a Gqom style beat while the lyrics speak about the nighttime party scene we can often find in South African venues.

Versatility, creativity and flexibility behind the decks are key words in describing the talents of DJ Keyez. Whether the event calls for Soulful or Commercial House Music & Electronic Dance Music (EDM), this is one DJ who has all the bases covered. During the past couple of years he has gone from being a fan alone, to rocking dance floors in and around Johannesburg. After completing a DJ Course at the SOUL CANDI INSTITUTE OF MUSIC in 2011, DJ Keyez has been perfecting his skills over a wide variety of musical styles at a variety of venues and events.

DJ Keyez has played at some of the Top Night Clubs in and around Johannesburg. He has also performed at a couple of corporate events some as far as Sun City Resort.

With Such a varied background, he is gifted with a unique ability to blend new flavours and familiar sounds, creating a vibe that’s addictive to audiences. DJ Keyez is working towards being one of the hottest DJs in the country.

He has featured alongside well-known DJs in the South African Entertainment Industry in his quest to become one of South Africa’s successful DJs. In addition to that, he played LIVE on national station 5 FM (September
2012) & received raved reviews for his set. DJ Keyez also featured on the popular SABC 1 dance television show hosted by DJ Fresh & Euphonik, Club Culture (July 2012).

In addition, his mixes have been played on South Africa’s popular urban radio station 5 FM (Ultimix at 6 with DJ Fresh & The Krazy Shebeen Mix with KB) as well as Metro FM. 2014 DJ Keyez featured at the first Just Curious Awards, the popular Wits O-Week Beer Garden as well as the 2014 Vodacom Durban July where he played alongside some of South Africa’s top DJs.

2014 proved to be a good year for DJ Keyez as he had mixes featuring on DJ Fresh’s Fresh @ 5 Breakfast show and the Saturday afternoon show. February 2015 DJ Keyez dropped his first single “Devoted” which did pretty well on community radio stations. Second single, Jaiva dropped in September 2017 and he hopes it will be one of the big summer songs in the country.

DJ Keyez is also an award winning radio producer and presenter having walked away with 2 x Liberty Radio Awards at the 2017 Awards. You can catch DJ Keyez on his Afternoon Drive Time Show, The Lift Club 3 to 6PM on VOW FM (88.1 FM). You can follow DJ Keyez on social media (Twitter: @88_Keyez or Instagram 88_Keyez) for more updates.

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Nigerian hip-hop sensation Tiimmy releases music video for smash hit single Big Boy

Tiimmy Big Boy

Rising hip-hop and Afro beat sensation Tiimmy, fresh off signing a record deal with Cape town based music label, Champions Global Entertainment, drops highly anticipated visuals for his hit single Big Boy.

Watch music video for Big Boy here: 

The music video for Big Boy was shot at a beautiful resort in Cape Town, South Africa by one of the finest directing companies in Southern Africa, Studio Space Pictures.

The song, Big Boy, laced with motivational words over a very groovy Afro pop sound is a testament to a change in the status of a young man who despite insurmountable odds makes headway in life and thus the figurative title.

“The idea behind the song Big Boy is a flash back of what actually happened in my life, it’s a reality song and I’m just rejoicing because my life has changed,” expresses Tiimmy.

Tiimmy born Ibrahim Timilehin Balogun is a young Nigerian born artist, fast climbing the entertainment ladder. The multi-talented singer and adept producer has produced and collaborated with multiple artists across Africa already.

With building a highly impressive catalogue, Tiimmy is definitely becoming a force to be reckoned with in the music scene as he continues spear-heading the new Afro beat sound with a fresh approach that appeals to all.

Make sure you request the Big Boy music video on your favourite music channel and follow Tiimmy on social media for more upcoming projects.

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Maps Mkhabela Paves His Way Up

Maps Mkhabela

Maps Mkhabela (22) has become a talk of the town notable for hosting events, socializing and entertaining people in Limpopo. The multi-talented Maps gained fame over thousands of people in his hometown.

Maps told Fame Africa TV that he’s always wished to be one of Mzansi’s top celebs and he’s paving his way to make it bigger.

“I wanted to do something in my life, I didn’t graduate from school so I had to make my dreams come true” – said Maps

Most celebrities in the entertainment industry in South Africa did not complete their studies, some quit in high-school, while some struggled to complete their course at tertiary institutions. “My advice to learners is never quit school and do the same thing just like these celebrities, learn from their struggles, education is key to success” – Maps added.

Maps, who is currently paving his way straight into the entertainment industry, said it is not easy to start from the bottom without any support. So far he’s faced hardships and obstacles but he was able to get up and focus on his goals. 22-year-old entertainer further added that it takes a lot of hard work to make it and get noticed in the industry, but his dream is to get featured on SABC1’s celebrity entertainment show Selimanthunzi.

Maps reassured us that he does exist and soon the world will know about him, through hard work, dedication and perseverance, he will definitely make it.

Background information on Maps Mkhabela

Maps Mkhabela was born in Mpumalanga, Belfast, before moving to Limpopo with his parents. At the age of four, his parents went separate ways and he was raised by a single mother until he becomes a man he is today.

Maps is a multi-talented young man who has won the hearts of over 16 thousands of fans famously known for hosting, socializing, entertaining and he’s highly favoured by his many. Maps Mkhabela is also well-known for attending celebrity events and he also makes appearances in the Afternoon Drive Show on Makhado FM.

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