5 South African Bands/Artists On Our Radar

17 December 2015
Beneath the political controversy and natural splendor South Africa offers a burgeoning music scene of eclectic local talent. We take a look at some bands and artists that represent the plethora of talent rife in South Africa.

Die Antwoord

Die Antwoord is a South African rap-rave group formed in Cape Town in 2008. The group was formed by rappers Ninja and Yolandi Visser and DJ Hi-Tek. It would be remiss omitting Die Antwoord from this list, regardless of their controversial antics and almost punk demeanor; their contribution is most certainly valued. Die Antwoord is one of South Africa’s most lucrative musical exports and has played alongside the likes of Johnny Depp and Marilyn Manson. You can find them in the new Neill Blomkamp feature film, CHAPPiE.

Francios van Coke

Francois Badenhorst, better known by his stage name Francois Van Coke, is the lead vocalist, songwriter and founding member of the South African Alternate rock bands Fokofpolisiekar and Van Coke Kartel. Van Coke has always had an affinity for music. At the height of FPK’s musical and commercial success a controversial incident occurred and the band was put on a semi-permanent hiatus. The members all branched off in different projects, including van Coke, who formed his own band, van Coke Kartel (cartel). Van Coke’s ventures after FPK have been very successful and thus has etched himself into South Africa’s Rock history. Van Coke collaborated with Karen Zoid.

Spoek Mathambo

Spoek Mathambo is an artist, producer, singer-songwriter, rapper defined by his fusion of a wide array of musical influences and his coining the Township Tech, to describe the electronic music he produces. Mathambo grew up in Soweto, South Africa.

Tidal Waves

Dubbed the hardest working Reggae band in South Africa, the Tidal Waves do not disappoint. This diverse and soulful quintet have journeyed across 12 years in the music industry, gracing fans with five albums. The Tidal Waves play over 100 shows a year and have not only toured abroad in the US, Europe and China but have impressed reggae royalty. Ziggy Marley conceded to have ‘fallen in love with Tidal Waves’ after seeing them live and promptly chose them as his backing band at the Africa Unite concert in Soweto.

Das Kapital

Yes, like Karl Marx’s manifesto. Das Kapital or Kyle Brinkmann as he is known otherwise is one of South Africa’s premier producers and EDM DJs. Brinkmann has a series of accomplishments ranging from opening for Hardwell, arguably the biggest DJ in the world to being featured and hand-picked by Rob Zombie himself appearing on Mondo Head Sex for his remix of Lords of Salem.

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