Labeled: “The future of dance music in South Africa” Crazy White Boy is the brainchild of South African producers Ryan Murgatroyd and Kosta Karatamoglou. Both experienced and successful DJs and producers in their own right, the pair met and decided to collaborate. Labels include Kontor, Onelove, Ministry of Sound, Cr2, Toolroom and local power house Soul Candi to name a few.
Compelled to try and add a fresh twist to this style of music, they set about writing music with an African Kwaito style which they call “Ghetto Tech”
Crazy White Boy have spent many hours in studio updating and developing their characteristic Crazy White Boy sound. The results: Are multiple Gold and Platinum selling albums featuring their tracks locally and internationally.
The Boys have performed on SABC Live television which had over 8 Million viewers. Top Billing, MK Studio 1 and Expresso are also shows that have featured the boys.
Love you Better, which was their first radio submission, is officially the fastest record in South African radio history to hit the number 1 slot on the Nations leading station 5fm. It later went on to hit No1 on many other of the local stations.
“Love You Better” has achieved a No1 spot on Portuguese radio and has been heard playing on other stations worldwide including South America.
To top off a remarkable year they have just been nominated for “Song of the Year” for their international hit, “Love You Better” at the South African Music Awards 2011.
Their follow up single to “Love You Better”,” What you do to me” has earned the boys another No1 spot and is currently on High rotation. The music video also debuted exclusively on TRACETV Worldwide.
The Boys have just returned from their second tour of Europe, and have performed to crowds of over 50,000 people opening for the likes of David Guetta, Sebastian Ingrosso, Example and Alesso to name a few. This is excluding over 50 shows this past year in Africa and South Africa. They will be off again later this year for more European and South American gigging.
In Alex’s time in the entertainment industry he has been actively involved in many corporate functions and events. His knowledge as well as a decade of experience in the industry ensure that any event will run smoothly.On the technical side Alex has completed a sound engineering course and is a qualified lighting engineer.
However, Alex’s true passion is live entertainment. His love of music and entertaining people has earned him a good name in the industry and brought him clients such as Metro file, Kyalami Castle, Max Sports, The Wanderers Club, Honey Jewelry, Investec , FNB as well as a few Radio DJ’s to boot.
Alex looks forward to entertaining you and making your function a memorable one!
If one heard a clamour and ululating, emanating from the eastern provinces of South Africa, KwaZulu Natal and the Eastern Cape, announcing the recognition of a cultural phenomenon and their role in the development of this cultural phenomenon. One could not argue with that clamour and ululating in respect of one that is the soul, spirit, talent and vision of Nkosinathi Innocent Maphumulo, one who most know as “Black Coffee”.HISTORY
Black Coffee was born in Durban in KwaZulu Natal and grew up in the Eastern Cape in Mthatha, before moving back to Durban to study music at Natal Tech where he majored in Jazz. His reason for studying music was because he felt that as a producer, he had to deepen his overall musical knowledge, develop his listening skills and advance his knowledge of music theory. Leaving Tech prior to completion of his studies, Black Coffee with two friends Thandukwazi “Demor” Sikhosana and Mnqobi “Shota” Mdabe worked as backup vocalists for the renowned Madala Kunene. Deciding then to form an urban soul trio “Shana” the three moved to Johannesburg to make their way.
Keeping ‘Simply hot and naturally African’ (the meaning of ‘Shana’) together as an ongoing project, the three have also pursued their individual visions, collaborating on the way.
Black Coffee was chosen as one of two South African participants in the Red Bull Music Academy in 2003 jump-starting him into the South African DJ scene – he says that was one of his best decisions. His first big break was when his song “Happiness” was featured on the DJs at Work album.CAREER
2005, the same year as the release of his powerful self titled debut album ‘Black Coffee’ saw the birth and formation of Soulistic Music (PTY) Ltd. Soulistic Music is Black Coffee’s wholly owned 360° corporate structure, his team’s home base and the jump-off point for himself, and as time has evidenced for many others to.
Black Coffee revealed that his first album was created using very basic music-making software. “I don't know how to explain the production stages of my album because all I did was put down the basic ideas that I had, I didn't use any MIDI controllers everything was played with a computer mouse”. He added that the use of live instruments in a song is also very important, giving a track that final magic touch and bringing it to life.
A view through the Black Coffee ‘lens’, at the end of 2011, confirms a delightful, fresh and truly heart warming vista of dynamic and exciting creative production, glimpses of a genius unfolding and degree’s of difficulty, challenge and hardship.
To many, Black Coffee has led the ‘house music’ way…establishing since a global pre-eminence in vocal house music…and a business approach structured to unlock the plethora of opportunities offered by a converged digital realm driven by the songs and their performance.
Reserved, studiously academic, inventive, imaginative, quiet, enigmatic, shy and bold are but of the few ways in which many across the world perceive and see Black Coffee. No matter how he is seen he remains one of the very few Club DJs in the country who genuinely understand the precise function of a music deejay: he does not simply re-mix songs, he re-interprets their previously unimagined musical possibilities, adapting and arranging as each work advises and quietly creating new works that give life. When he debuted with his interpretation of Hugh Masekela’s rambunctious jazz hit Stimela (2005 original South African release, 2008 UK release), Black Coffee simply demonstrated how it was possible to re-work the South African canon music vault into club music, creating works that were acceptable to both the youth and the old a feat not easily achievable. It has required a decidedly original-inclined, singular mind such as that of Black Coffee to be able to pursue such an original music trajectory and the gold and platinum awards since are testimony to his resolve.
2007 brought another powerful Black Coffee release “Have another one” which featured amongst others a host of great female vocalists, both young and old…with Bucie, Siphokhazi and Busi Mhlongo at the helm of an array of original works. With world demand and interest in a Black Coffee performance starting to stand up and shout so to speak, Black Coffee began a new phase of growth in 2008 with a string of new Soulistic Music signed releases from Culoe de Song, Tumelo and the great Zakes Bantwini all achieving gold and platinum sales.
In 2009 Black Coffee dropped his third offering, titled ‘’Home Brewed’’, featuring Ringo Madlingozi, Zonke, Hugh Masekela, Zakes Bantwini and others, and at the South African Music Award 2010 he scooped two awards in the categories Best Urban Dance Album and Best Male Artist.
Highlights during 2011 included a nomination for the 2011 MTV Europe Africa, India and Middle East Category for the “Worldwide Act”, the launch of ‘Africa Rising and its first presentation (at which included a 24 piece orchestra along with a band and featured artists performing Black Coffee’s works) at Moses Mabhida Stadium and the four releases on the Soulistic Label including Culoe de Song’s “Elevation”, Sai & Ribatones “Here and Now”, Boddhi Satva’s “Invocation” and the label’s “Soulistic Cuts”.
He has went on to set world stages alight with electrifying and memorable performances at some of the most prestigious festivals, including being the first African DJ to perform at the Circoloco Music Festival in Ibiza. The second presentation of his Africa Rising concert was also a mega success with sold out tickets to thousands of fans all eager to see him perform with the orchestra at Freedom Square, Kliptown Soweto. He also scooped this year’s Best Dance Album at the South African Music Awards for his Africa Rising CD/DVD offering. He has yet also been voted the Coolest Local DJ at the Sunday Times Generation X awards for the second time in a row.
His Soulistic Music stable has went on to being one of the most successful and esteemed record companies in South Africa with an addition of young mix DJ Shimza. He is a sought after producer having just finished working on Demor and Micasa albums respectively. It is no doubt that this man has made a name for himself as an unmatched DJ and Producer with mega success yet still as down to earth as when he was still starting out. He never passes an opportunity to thank and acknowledge his fans, who he says he adores greatly. He is effortlessly limitless and there is definitely no stopping his shine.
As ever, we are working on creating new and fabulous collaborations and are thrilled to welcome into the Red Cello fold the brilliant DJ Brigitte (who just happens to also be a well-known FHM and sports swimwear model). She is ranked as the 28th sexiest women in the world by FHM readers, but it doesn’t stop here.
This ex Survivor South Africa star has become a local favourite in the sport-modelling scene and entertainment industry. She has established herself as a formidable producer, giving this male-dominated side of the music industry a stylish run for its money. DJ Brigitte has played alongside some of the best artists locally and internationally at many mainstream media, celebrity and private events including: Glamouraid Celebrities against Abuse, All Access TV launch, MK89 Music Channel, Sound Evolution, Equator, as well as resident technotribe and Fashion Television (FTV) to name a few. She has been making quite a name for herself and has also been featured a couple of times on South Africa’s no 1 radio station 5FM as well as being a local on GoodHope FM in Cape Town as one of the favourite 411 DJ’s.
On Offer Her retro-style (Brigitte performs off traditional vinyl) in combination with these chic and skilled instrumentalists makes for an unbeatable and uber-cool act. Book any of the options below for lazy sundowners or to get a fabulous party started.
DJ CraigE has been in the event & music industry for the past 15 years and has had the privilege of playing for many different types of functions, events & festivals. He is extremely versatile and as anyone would say that has been to one of his performances, DJ CraigE can turn any and every function into an unforgettable experience. His passion and love for all genres of music can be felt on the dance floor and his main goal is to get everyone up and having a good time.
DJ CraigE began playing in clubs such as ESP & Stone Water in the late 90’s and early 2000’s – focusing on funky house and speed garage. He then began playing Psy-Trance for Mushroom Mafia Records at their indoor club in Randburg, Johannesburg as well as various festivals including Woodstock 4 & 5, Earth Dance & many outdoor events.
During these years DJ CraigE worked and trained as a Sound & AV engineer which keeps him at the top of his game with the newest technology. He is a highly experienced engineer and only uses top of the range equipment on his shows and knows the ins and outs of operating all equipment.
DJ CraigE moved into the corporate and private scene in the early 2000’s – taking his passion to new levels. He has played at many corporate events for Big names such as Ernst & Young, Anglo Platinum, Honey, Nestle, Purina, SAP, FNB and Smiths Medical to name a few.
DJ CraigE had the privilege to work under Luis Almeda, who through the years has taught him all there is to know about corporate entertainment. Absorbing any and all information regarding music, sound, AV & lighting has been one of DJ CraigE’s strongest points, keeping him up to date with what’s in and what different crowds want to hear.
Each and every crowd is readable, and this is what DJ CraigE does best – His music ranges throughout all the genres, cultures, past & present including:
Rock, Pop, Alternative, Commercial, House, Psy Trance, Reggae, Jazz, Lounge, Ambient, 40’s – 90’s, Electro Swing, All the latest hits, Afrikaans, African – and if he doesn’t have it – he will find it!
DJ CraigE is honored to have been a part of many weddings, bringing a little more magic to such an important day in people’s lives. He knows and understands the importance of each song being played at the correct time, like walk in, first dance, bride & father etc… and takes great pride in having the bridal couple as well as all guests celebrating this memorable day.
To whom it may concern
DJ Craig E has been our preferred DJ supplier now for a number of years. He has a natural talent to read any crowd, no matter of age group or demographic. We have also found that his selection of music is very up-to-date, but, when needed, can dig out the old classics that keep the dance floor pumping.
He is always professional, punctual and obliging. I highly recommend him for your event.
Dear DJ CraigE
I trust that you are doing well this morning.
Once again, Ryno and I, just want to express our appreciation for yesterday. Thank you for making our special day, so wonderful and memorable. You truly set the mood last night and everybody had a great time. I hope you don't mind, if I recommend you to others if they are ever in search for a professional DJ.
No words can describe how appreciative we are to you! Thank You, thank you, Thank you!
God Bless and Regards,
Ambrose and Ryno Terblanche
MaganStarr Entertainment (Various DJ Events) – David Broad: 011 918 4127
Ambrose / Ryno (Wedding): 082 412 6641
Visual Audio (Various DJ Events) – Staal: 082 615 6014
“The ultimate goal for a DJ is to create something magical with the audience, to make time stop and create a natural high and give the crowd a wonderful time” that’s what Dino Bravo does ……….
DJ Dino Bravo born in Cuba 30 years ago but grew up in Angola
He used to rap and break dance before becoming a DJ. He started spinning vinyl’s in 1994, right on time when South Africa was getting liberated. His first time spinning vinyls was in Club 51 in Yeoville. Since then, Dino Bravo has built a large fan base in venues like Club Mozambique, Calabash, The Base, Pink Cardilac, Who’s Who, Monaco just to name a few.
Early 2002 he rocked Metro FM listeners on Saturday nights on Oupa’s show. He was later approached by DJ Fresh to join the breakfast show on YFM and where Dino Bravo introduced a unique style of mixing in Gauteng and also popularized what is known to South Africa as a MEGA MIX.
While on YFM artists approached him with music to play in his slot and due to the choices he made in selecting his playlist, he introduced new material that rocked listeners, which influenced the station music compiler to list the songs on rotation.
Currently he is booked every week playing in private parties, he is the only versatile DJ in the country who is not limited when it come to music, he plays Hip Hop, R&B, Kwaito, House, Bhangra beats (Indian beats), Rock, pop music etc. He is the man that defines music and gives music a different meaning.
Due to Dino Bravo’s reputation and attributes in the music industry MTN invited him to the 2007 South African Music Award (SAMA) as the main DJ mixing during the awards presentation and VIP after party.
On radio he continues to give music therapy with fresh sounds to Fresh Drive listeners on 5FM every Thursday. He compiles, arrange and produce all his mixes that get listeners dancing on Fresh drive, most listeners on the show call him A.K.A cocktail because of his taste and versatility.
Dj Dino Bravo’s popularity in the music industry attracted interest from the biggest brand in the dj equipment Denon, to have him associate his brand with their equipment, which contributed to increased sales to young aspiring black dj’s.
Your Mama’s Favorite is Dj Dino Bravo fist much anticipated debut album released in 2007 by More Music. The artists in the album are mostly local. The album features variety of musical elements from established like Skwatta Kemp, Malik, Angel, Proverb, Reason, Black Jack, Kabelo (Bouga Luv) and DJ Fresh among others.
On production he has himself, D rex and Shluda. The sound in the album is a mix of any musical genres imaginable. It combines kwaito, house, and hip-hop to produce a unique sound. The man is faithful to indigenous sounds - Angolan and Mozambican posada, Afro beat and house music with a tinge of soul, is heard in this album. You can give him any sound and he will be comfortable with it. He can spin jungle, techno, house, drum n' bass and trance.
The album has 14 tracks and features songs such as the remixed hit Stand By Me, by Ben .E King. This song features Malik and Killah Mafra. Some of the songs in the album includes, Where Is The Love featuring Martin, Sometimes featuring Andi Six and Let it Rip featuring Skwatta Kemp. This is a man who does not only mix his records, but someone who knows which records to mix and even knows the order in which he mixes them. DJ Dino Bravo's style of play has never broken the atmosphere. Bravomania is a testament to his reputation.
“The biggest challenge for South African radio right now is further bridging the gap between white and black music. Traditionally there has been polarisation in music through our society’s past. 5FM is crossing that bridge and it is I believe the only national youth station in the country which has the power and opportunity to affect change at grassroots levels.
5FM can do what a lot of politicians wish they could do – getting all sorts of different people to talk to eachother.”Thato Sikwane, aka DJ Fresh, started out in radio in Botswana in the early nineties and from the minute he was shown the mic he knew that broadcasting was the only career for him.
Fresh subsequently dropped his law studies and pursued radio fulltime, joining YFM in 1997. Fresh was heading up the YFM breakfast team by 2003 and was quickly snapped up by 5FM in 2006 where the Fresh Drive has since become a 5FM institution as well as one of the station’s most popular shows.Fresh is set to release his twenty fourth house album in 2010 – a Soul Candi production called Evolution part two. ·His first four house albums – the “Fresh House Flava” range are said to have altered the house landscape in South Africa for good, bringing the genre into the mainstream music scene.
Fresh has shared the DJ booth with a number of internationals during his career to date, including “Little Louie” Vega, Frankie Knuckles, Armand Van Helden, Chris Lake, Paul Van Dyke, Oskido, Fat Boy Slim, Hoxton Whores, Jazzy Jeff, Harley & Muscle, Ready D, Kenny Gope Gonzales, Viny Da Vinci, Deep, Gregory and Dominic Spreadlove. Cities like Johannesburg, Miami, London, Cape Town, Moscow, Brisbane, Ibiza, Leeds, Durban, Gaborone, Birmingham, Dubai, Montreal and Melbourne have all danced to Fresh's beats.
An entrepreneur at heart, Fresh is gifted at spotting gaps in the market and he has many projects on the go at any one time. A few examples are Fresh’s cool T-shirt range and merchandise which started out as a fun side project and is now hugely in demand; his company Big Dawg Productions; his partnership with DJ Euphonik called “F.Eu” as well as his ongoing involvement in numerous charities and awareness campaigns.
DJ Fresh is part of “DJU”, a team of leading South African deejays, musicians, producers and media personalities. Inspired by international conferences such as The Miami Winter Music Conference, DJU established the Southern African Music Conference in 2005. The conference is more than a talk shop for deejays & producers; it is a critical platform for Southern African dance music industry practitioners to keep pace with, and eventually lead global developments.
Despite his enormous success, Fresh remains humble about his achievements and still has many goals to pursue: “I feel I still have a way to go – if I could use the analogy of a truck with ten gears I’d only be in sixth gear now. I’m still building the foundations of my career – so much can still be done. That’s why I accepted a job at 5FM over Metro – I knew it would be a challenge and I wanted to get out of my comfort zone. I like to push myself, the boundaries, and peoples perceptions of the boundaries. I also hate loose ends which mean I probably will finish my Law degree one day.”
Fresh describes the 5FM team as “The most dynamic team I have ever worked with – they are a bunch of highly motivated people and it rubs off. 5FM has extremely high standards and benchmarks which inspire me to be even more inspired, if you understand what I mean.”
In his spare time Fresh loves to relax with his wife and son at home. He is a movie buff and has a massive DVD collection – some of his favourite personal indulgences also include watches, fragrance and shades. Fresh has over one hundred and twenty fragrances in his personal collection, as well as forty watches and twenty pairs of sunglasses.
Nothing is stopping DJ Fresh as his career continues to grow at an exponential rate. Tune into the hottest daily drive show in South Africa on 5FM, as Fresh and his dynamic Fresh Drive team continue to entertain, break down boundaries and bring South Africans together
James has been involved in the entertainment industry for the last five years. In that time he has worked with many high profile corporate companies and many well established performers.
His easy-going and highly professional approach to any event makes James an absolute pleasure to work with. He is always willing to go the extra mile to ensure that the function is an unforgettable and totally memorable affair.
James strives to provide a warm and understanding approach to the individual client and really shares in the event. His services include Corporate events, Birthdays, Weddings, Golf days, Fashion shows, Awards ceremonies, Product launches, End-of-year functions.
James only works on a word-of-mouth basis so that each potential client already knows what to expect.
A resident DJ on 94.7 Highveld Stereo, DJ Jazzy D has been embracing the commercial dance scene for the last few years, and conquering it!! With hit remixes of “Lady Soul”, “That’s What Friends Are For”, “Feeling’s Mutual” feat TK, and , more recently, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” feat Denim, this DJ is ALWAYS in demand!
His debut album Another Story reached gold status this year, and continues to sell.
Josh Borrill is undoubtedly one of Cape Town’s most groundbreaking and innovative DJ’s with an instantly recognizable name. His unyielding reputation to deliver at every event played and his ability to draw his dedicated following has secured Josh’s place at the forefront of Cape Town’s music and club scene. Originally Josh comes from a musical background, playing Piano for over 8 years, taking it as a subject through school. Which helped pave the way for his newly found talent of music production. Doing remixes for South African Artists such as Danny K, Goldfish, Crazy White Boy and Locnville.
During his career Josh has had the pleasure of performing along international and local greats such as Bingo Players, Cosmic Gate, Chicane, Paul van Dyk, Skazi, Kissy Sell Out, Ray Foxx, Lisa Lashes, Hagenaar & Albrecht, Roger Goode, Fresh & Euphonic, Shaun Duvet, Flash Republic and Goldfish to name a few.
Having played since the young age of 16, Josh has developed a truly unique and versatile style of DJ-ing being a multi genre mashup of house, commercial, electro, urban, progressive and old school appealing to any audience thus giving him the ability to rock any dancefloor.
Josh has been a Goodhope FM resident DJ for the passed 3 years. Performing on the Goodhope FM’s Afternoon drive’s Imix every Friday at 18h00. Which lead him to winning Goodhope FM’s first ever “DJ of the year” competition in 2011.
Josh is unquestionably a rocking and in-demand DJ across South Africa. Well known for his residencies at Cape Town’s number 1 hotspots throughout the passed years at venues such as The Fez, Dragon Room, Opium, The Bang Bang Club, St Yves Beachclub, Hemisphere, The Reserve, FTV Cape Town and MCQP to name a few, as well as at private celebrity parties for Denzel Washington and Jordan Belfort aka The Wolf of Wallstreet.
"Josh Borrill is one of the upcoming guys catching my attention" Mark Stent
"The James Bond of House Music" Kurt Meyer (Music Manager of KFM)
"A Cape Town Legend" Abby Chapel - Nawty Media & Marketing
"Josh has only been on the scene for the past few years and has built his way up playing at all the Top CT clubs and now is one of the regular names the local line ups, a man to be watched as he can rock a club..." Nick E Louder – Mutha FM
A new name on the house market has risen in the form of MIZA (Tumi Modibedi). Rising from The Trevor Edmond Group production house that brought you the smash hit ‘Nka Mo Dira’, Nutty Nys’ protégé MIZA has emerged with a heroic and possibly the hottest summer track entitled ‘Superhero’. ‘Superhero’ features Flabba, the iconic member of South African rap supergroup Skwatta Kamp.
Based in Johannesburg, MIZA has been seen all around the world in countries such as Brazil, Mozambique and Scotland to name a few. MIZA has great experience in the live house scene but this not his only speciality; he has also presented and appeared on many major TV productions such as Generations, Binnelanders, Cool Cats and Real Peeps. MIZA’s talents don’t end there… He is currently a radio DJ on VCR 90.6FM hosting the late night show from Monday to Wednesday nights where he showcases cutting edge new music and plays the hits for his adoring fans.
MIZA also took up the producer’s chair on select tracks on Nutty Nys’ critically acclaimed and SAMA nominated album ‘Vintage Love’ having being instrumental in producing the hit single ‘Loving You’ in conjunction with Nutty Nys. MIZA’s debut album ‘Moon Dancing’ was produced over a 9 month period blending soulful house grooves with catchy melodies. Stand out tracks include ‘Acapella’ and ‘The Sound Of Life’ featuring Robert Carvallo. ‘Moon Dancing’ is out in stores and will be supported by a world tour starting in Gauteng.
So what else could be on the cards for this young talent that has already achieved so much in the entertainment world? Total music domination! Be sure to listen out for MIZA’s ‘Superhero’ on radio and be blown away by the sheer brilliance behind the music on ‘Moon Dancing’.
Name: Morgan Moscou Barrett
Alias: DJ Morgan
Music style: Funky, electro and progressive house. Also specializing in uplifting club, hard trance and hardstyle.
DJ Morgan "The King" is undoubtedly one of SA's finest, most recognized and respected DJ's. His interest in DJing emerged way back in 1987, but started professional mixing in 1995.
His technical abilities and the experience he gained co-owning Flipside Records, a top Pretoria record store, has brought him a long way since then, holding residencies at most of SA's top clubs. DJ Morgan has been featured on various radio stations such as 5FM, Beat Nation and Tuks FM.
He has an ever-increasing fan base supporting him time and time again and his knowledge, skills and choice of music have got the crowds screaming for more!
At a young age Lebogang Naves felt a need to succeed in, and be part of the entertainment industry. Coming from humble beginnings in Soweto, Naves’ mother, being a single parent, ensured that Naves had a good education and was given the values to spread his wings and fly.
While attending Jeppe High School, Naves soon found his passion and love for music in Hip Hop and soon realized he’s position in the game, behind the one’s and two’s. Naves went onto studying Sound Engineering at Allenby Campus while honing his dj skills at house parties and clubs around Jo’burg and Pretoria on the weekends.
With his stature growing in the industry he teamed up with renowned hip hop maestro Amu and started doing road shows with the Buv’Ground crew (Amu, Wicked, Mr. Selwyn and Nothende).
In 2007 Naves went on to meet Metro FM jock T’bo Touch and started helping out on “Rhyme and Reason”, Metro FM’s flagship hip hop show on Saturday nights. Naves started off by doing the local hip-hop news between 7pm and 8pm, this lead to Metro FM offering him a contract to produce the show and with this going well, it was then decided that he should also provide the dj mix on the show, which has since grown to his mixes being popular on the weekly Drive Time Show “The Avenue with Glen and Unathi”.
DJ Naves was clearly making waves and was invited to represent Africa in 2008 at a DJ Conference in ST Louis, USA. This elevated his knowledge and skill in the dj world and propelled him to new heights.
2009 saw Dj Naves graduate with an internationally recognized Marketing Diploma with The IMM. He is still at Metro FM and spinning fire on many turntables across the country, while co-hosting the Saturday night show The Pre-Party. Dj Naves is carrying on expanding his footprint in the music industry and has released, The Black Series Mixtape.
Dj Naves was casted as the DJ on the new season of The Trevor Noah show for 3 shows
Dj Naves has shared the stage with international Dj’s Drama and Green Latern who are 2 of the biggest hip-hop djs in the world and recently was chosen to DJ before Rick Ross took to the stage in Cape Town
He also took part in the recent Bfcheeky,with Kim Kardashian, campaign as the resident DJ on the tour
You can catch DJ Naves on Metro FM either mixing it up on th afternoon drive with Glen and Unathi or co hosting the popular Saturday night show The Pre-party
DJ Naves is a force to be reckoned with in the entertainment industry.
Oscar Mdlongwa has received many affectionate nicknames over the years, including Oscar "Warona" (meaning "our") "The Big O" and "Godzilla"
His career is a fairytale one: he started selling boerewors rolls from a stall outside Club Razzmatazz in Hillbrow It was the early nineties and late at night he would sneak into the club to disrupt new house track, he became fascinated with deejaying and occasionally he took over as DJ took a break One night, Razzmatazz's inhabitants do not pitch and he was asked to stand in, he has not looked back ...
Oscar soon started the legendary Arena in Highoint Hillbrow with the late Ian Segola and make his first production work bassy cassettes aimed at taxis and passengers "Mixmaster" and "Big Jar" His reputation as a DJ lhsxte and he was soon spinning at campus parties at Wits and as far away as Mmbatho where he met his future Brothers Of Peace (BOP) partner Bruce "Dope" Sebitlo He also joined together with Don Laka and Christos Katsaitis to form Kalawa Records ( the name of a fusion of the first syllables of their surnames, Oscar used Warona at the time)
stables first act Boom Shaka (! whose first disc was sold out of the trunk of a car) birthed the rap revolution and Kalawa Jazmee (as the label is now known sans Christos and Don Laka) is the largest independent in the country with the monster acts as Boom Shaka Bongo Maffin Maikizolo Trompies Thebes DJ Vetkuk Spikiri Alaska and many more on their books, Oscar has a DAB hand, almost every oneof their massive emissions portion of the oil-rich dangerous combination Crew output shaft
BOP is ten years and although their first two albums were overshadowed by emissions from such as Trompies and Bongo Maffin (they enjoyed controversial hits with rude figures "Isidudla Sesifebe "[" Fat Slut "] and" Ibizwe Emoyeni "[a description of the female genitilia] and they also went over to the white deep house scene with their Tamara Day collaboration" The Imphalakho "]) that they have increased sharply until recently time - all the way into the international limelight, in fact,
Their ongoing relationship with Masters At Work production team and label (cemented in "Little Louie" Vega two trips here and OskIdo's sojourns to Miami) has resulted in frigivningene of two BOP tracks ("Zabalaza" and "Victory Song") and one of Mafikizolo (the huge "Loot") More are undoubtedly on the way to the Afro-house sound takes the dance floor by storm and as the lovely vibes of records as the last Bop "Project" albums get more exposure
Oskido has traveled to Miami Winter Music Conference the past two years - most recently with several SAMA winner Mafikizolo - to ensure that overseas exposure is spinning his infectious and percussion heavy deep house for a variety of international dance aficionados He deejayed along with the likes of "Little Louie" Vega Frankie Knuckles DJ Gregory and DY Yellow and has played pånästan all the major clubs in the country
Oscar is also one of radio's most popular personalities have taken care of Y FM'S Rap Activity Jam with Rudeboy Paul for a while and now hosting Church Grooves an encounter grooveathon it is the only place to be on a Sunday night Church Grooves concept has been extended to a platinum-selling range of Oskido's Church tracks CDs (through the House Africa Records) who has had the nation encounter Their mixture of highly contemporary food and anthemic rhythms of rare types - the third volume went gold on release
As a producer, Oscar is leagues ahead of the competition and he kickstarted the current trend of remixing classic South African pop hits when he and Bruce redesigned Mahlatini and the Mahotella Queens? "Melody" to "Meropa" He has worked with the likes of Hugh Masekela Jimmy Dludlu Moses Molelekwa ("Last Number" on "Project B album was actually da recent recording "Moss" did)
René’s DJ style is very good background music chosen according to the theme of the function or party. He also puts fire on the dance floor with the very best of what’s happening at the moment, Latin/Cuban/Brazilian/Disco and World Music.
René is a pioneer in mixing DJ music with live musicians. As a musician himself - drums & other percussion instruments - René has played many times with prominent local musicians including Robbie Jensen, Moreira Chonguica and Buddy Wells on saxophone, Vaughn Fransch and Lee Thomson on trumpet, Frank Paco and John Hassan on percussion and Alou April on guitar.
DJ René’s options include playing with a saxo player “The Blue Note”, top of the tops “DJ René Big Band” with 4 top musicians and the freshest choice “DJ René Dream Team” with a saxo player and a master percussionist improvising on his music.
Eugene van Eck started his love for music from a young age playing with his father’s LP records, to bringing mix tapes to art class with all the latest top 40 tunes taped directly from his small compact radio he got for his for his 12th birthday.
Later in his teenage years he hit the club scene in the burbs of Cape Town for a few years before going private, realising the potential to expand his passion of music and people into a business – The birth of RESONANCE.
With 10years experience under his belt he does any party you can think of, the nice thing is it’s not about him, it’s about you the client!
He insists on making each event as personal as possible, so even if you give him the playlist you want played, consider it done, Simple!
After all it is YOUR event, not his. Obviously he will apply his discretion through his experience to make sure the event runs smoothly every time!
DJ Scott became a well recognised name in the music industry by spending most of the 90’s in famous night clubs playing his soulful tunes to adoring audiences. He developed a cult like following attracting hordes of diverse crowds to popular night spots including Syndrome, Heaven, The Base and Ground Level.
Competing in 4 Battle of the DJ Competitions, including Top 100 Jocks, DJ Scott always reached Top 5 Status. From 1999 – 2001 DJ Scott co-hosted a show on YFM, sponsored by Heineken and Camel.
Tobacco Advertising Legislation saw the end of the sponsorship and DJ Scott sought out the reputable Shattered Glass Group (Pty) Ltd where he worked for 4 years, he showcased his talents for their many events during the course of his contract with them. Highlights of DJ Scott’s time at Shattered Glass included playing for VIPs on a Yacht for cellular Giant – MTN, Nashua Mobile, ATNS, SITA, Oracle, Bid Vest, Octagon and Coca Cola. DJ Scott has now gone independent and is available to work his magic on the decks for any occasion by personal booking.
Sexy, sassy and sensational - DJ Spinderella is electrifying the SA dance scene, with her sleek and sultry blend of commercial dance, radio hits and house music.
Mentored by local legend Paul Almeida, DJ Spinderella, aka Margie Viljoen, has always dreamed of being SA's hottest commercial DJ. She is definitely achieving her goal, and not only because as a former model, she looks sizzling in her favourite pair of stylish hot-pink earphones. She has worked at clubs and events across the continent, including South Africa, Namibia and Windhoek. She describes her style as easy-going music that makes people feel good and gets them jamming - with her signature sexy edge and high energy vibe.
The bubbly Spinderella loves DJ work because she loves seeing the dance floor go wild when she's on the decks. She also finds joy and inspiration in music, and in her mother and grandmother, who have kept her grounded. Her belief is to stay true to yourself and be unique. Her commitment to being an authentic artist and playing tracks that fill her with exuberance and would get her out on the dance floor, as well as her genuine love for her work, set her apart as a real talent on the SA scene.
Corporate Events, Weddings, Birthday Parties, Launches, Fashion Shows, Promotions, Golf Days...
Tim provides the perfect mix of music and technical expertise to make these events memorable.
Tim has been involved with top corporate companies and top corporate entertainers during his time in the music business. His involvement in these events has included co-ordination of the event, MC work, DJ'ing and technical advice.
Tim’s energy, enthusiasm and professionalism will go a long way towards making your event the success you want it to be.
Some of the clients that Tim has worked with and entertained include :
....to name a few
Resident R&B & Hip Hop DJ at The Chilli Bar every Friday and Saturday
Guest DJ every Wednesday 17h30 on GHFM – Guy McDonald Afternoon Drive
|The Godfather (PE)||Barmooda|
|Strata Lounge||Cantina Tequila (JHB)|
|Rhodes House||169 on Long|
|Chilli & Lime||121 on Castle|
|Bunker 9||Vacca Matta – Edward Street|
I played hip-hop and r&b sets on Good Hope FM for DJ’s Nigel Pierce & on his Kinky Afro session, Guy McDonald’s IMIX slot & Tyrone Paulsen’s 411 show.
I played Hip Hop and R&B sets for Terence Rhoda and Ashton Abels on UCT Radio.
The Skratchin Trio at the DMC – Hip Hop Indaba 2007
An upcoming, young & fresh Dj who is making his mark in THE MUSIC SCENE Moeketsi Mohlodi, known as Dj Wonder based in Cape Town
This young man, born and bred in Springfontein, Free State, came to Cape Town to get a better education, well that’s what his parents thought, and little did they know that their little boy was on a mission of his own. His parent didn’t approve of this whole dj concept but he was about to convince them otherwise. “I have always known that id be in the music industry, but I didn’t know where. I adopted my love for music through my parents who are jazz enthusiasts.” Everyday after school he would practice mixing beats for at least 3-4 hours a day, putting mix tapes together for close friends and family, whilst trying to keep abreast of his studies as well.
Joining Ratanang Entertainment was one of the wisest choices he has ever made, career wise. To form a great platform, he got exposed to bigger events and even landed his own gigs. His big break came when he performed in an event which was held at The Ostrich Farm, spinning the decks creating magic, the dancefloor was sizzling and it was madness. Things went uphill from then. From getting bookings for matric ball after parties, club events to local house parties, it was hectic but he loved it. Wonder shared sets with well known Dj’s in the industry and even started promoting for Brand house (Smirnoff) and Distell (Savanna), he was living his dream.
He later decided to branch out of Ratanang and do his own thing as he has formed his own fan base and was willing to take the risk. Gone solo, he convinced the local radio stations like UCT radio, Bush radio and Good Hope FM to air his mix tapes, this boy is committed. Wonder recently launched a new project called The Usual Suspects which aims at growing upcoming Dj’s and performing quality events, he is going far. “Now that I have some fans and the right database, I promise to keep it that way” says Moeketsi.
Dj wonder also has been interviewed and made appearance on cape town local news paper (CITY VISION),national magazines (BPM MAG) also on the youth show (hectic nine9) on SABC 2 . wonder has played amongs big names in the music industry such as Fistas mixwell,dj bongs,teargas, DJ Tira and many more. He has played for big clubs and well known venues in the mother city as well as, paarl, Stellenbosch, Worcester, Bloemfontein (free state) as he also planning on going national even Global as time goes.
What makes him different from other Dj’s? Well he’ll tell you that his hunger, drive and passion for music puts him above his peers. Putting all of this into account, its easy to believe him when he says that he is here to change the landscape of the entertainment industry.
NAME: Lea Moscou Barrett
DJ ALIAS: Lady Lea
MUSIC STYLE: Deep House, Nu-disco, funky house, electro & tech house
The founder of Divas on Decks, Lady Lea is an icon in the local music scene. Passionate about making music, Lady Lea has been in the music and DJ industry for 17 years. Lady Lea, now playing on CD players, vinyl and laptop, started DJing at the young age of 14. Since then, Lady Lea has been DJing around the world at various clubs, parties, raves, corporate events, fashion shows, festivals, parades, and sports games. Lady Lea is now rated the top female DJ in South Africa and is currently also rated # 368 in the world by the international DJ Mag voting poll.
On the 1st of March 1999, Lady Lea opened a record shop in Pretoria, called Flipside Records, which really became a much loved addition to the Pretoria music and DJ community. After that Lea successfully made the brand into a recording studio and record label, Flipside Recordings, and was soon producing her own music and recording her own albums.
In 2003 Lady Lea arrived back in South Africa from spinning in top clubs in the UK and working in the world’s top music retail store, HMV, as a singles and vinyl buyer.
One of Lady Lea’s dreams is to inspire people to do what they are passionate about and in 2009 Lea launched a female DJ agency called Divas on Decks, which main aims are to promote young, up and coming female DJ’s in a big way, help them grow as artists and reach their full potential and their dreams. Originally Lea was part of a group with 3 female DJs called Divas on Decks. Since Lea was the only Diva from the group still DJing full time, she decided to revive the brand and start the Divas on Decks agency, which now represents some of the best South African female DJs in South Africa and around the world.
Lady Lea is a versatile House DJ and plays house music ranging from electro, funky, deep, tech, minimal and progressive house. In early 2009, Lea also added Drum ‘n Bass to her repertoire to the delight of many Drum ‘n Bass fans in SA. Lea has extensive DJing experience internationally and with the South African market in particular… Being able to play the right groove for any party and getting the crowd going is what Lea loves doing!
In mid 2009, Flipside Recordings became Beat Boutique, Lady Lea’s new record label under which 4 successful albums have been released thus far – Divas on Decks Vol. 1 Mixed by Lady Lea, Divas on Decks Vol. 2 Mixed by Tune Raider, Divas on Decks Vol. 3 Mixed by Boipelo and DJ Morgan: The King Edition.
In 2010 Lady Lea appeared on television as a contestant on M-Net’s Survivor SA: Santa Carolina – Celebrity Edition and was also voted no. 994 in the world in DJ Mag’s Top DJs Poll 2010, making her one of the only two South African DJs to make the list. In 2011 Lea moved up from her previous position in the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs Poll to no. 368, beating her record and making her one of the highest ranking SA DJs on the list to represent South Africa in the poll.
In 2011 Lady Lea also released her first music video “Catch Me If You Can” with GB Collective and Catsax (Cathy Del Mei).
Lady Lea completed annual European tours from 2006 – 2011 which has included Amsterdam, Ibiza and the UK. In 2007 she played at the German Love Parade to over 1.2 million people, as well as at the ICC T20 World Cup Cricket matches. On a weekly basis, Lea is featured on various TV and radio shows, newspapers, magazines, websites and flyers.
Currently, Lady Lea is one of the most booked DJ’s in South Africa. She has had over 20 residencies, and has been a guest DJ at almost every club in South Africa as well as various other countries. Lady Lea blends old & new sounds to create her trademark House sets that crowds love!
All the above brands are very happy with the portrayed image, publicity, loyalty and effort they have received and they have all renewed their contracts with Lady Lea.
♪ Launch of new female electronic band “Poy Zen Ivy” with Cathy Del Mei & Andy Klee.
♪ “The Best of Catch Me If You Can” CD release and national tour.
♪ New clothing & accessory label by Lady Lea
♪ Beat Boyz DJ auditions & agency launch
♪ German Love Parade (1.2 million people)
♪ ICC T20 World Cup Cricket matches
♪ Catch Me If You Can 1, 2 & 3 – National Tours
♪ Fabric – London
♪ Red Bull National Tour (South Africa)
♪ L’Oreal Divas on Decks National Tour
♪ Lord of the Ring – World Championship Boxing
♪ Kiss FM Tour
♪ Unity – DJ Tiesto
♪ H2O 1999 – 2013
♪ Battle of the DJ's 1999 - Finalist
♪ London Vs Paris
♪ Ice Freedom Festival
♪ Deeper Sound of Lady Lea National Tour
♪ Dreamscape 1998, 1999, 2000 (Carl Cox), 2001
♪ Fu-Cha Gathering
♪ Family Affair National Tour
♪ International Tours 2006 to 2011 – UK, Amsterdam (Netherlands) & Ibiza (Spain)
♪ Queen of Clubs Vol. 1 & 2 National Tours
♪ J&B Met, Vodacom Durban July & Sansui Summer Cup
♪ SA Reunion & Sounds of Africa in London
♪ Divas on Decks Vol. 1 National Tour
♪ Miller Rock The Boat
♪ FIFA Fan Park (World Cup 2010)
♪ Elev8 Music Festival in Malawi
♪ Pioneer DJ Lady Lea National Tour
♪ King & Queen of Clubs National Tour
♪ Wham! Bam! Thank You Ma’am! National Tour
♪ Paul Van Dyk
♪ Erick Morillo
♪ Sarah Main
♪ Alex Kid
♪ Harrison Crump
♪ Judge Jules
♪ Carl Cox
♪ Mickey Slim
♪ Sister Bliss
♪ Mauro Picotto
♪ Junior Sanchez
♪ Kid Creme
♪ Junior Jack
♪ Tall Paul
♪ Andy Nalin
♪ Ferry Corsten
♪ Spencer & Phyl
♪ Mike Monday
1.ESP ep 4
2.DNA 2 Double
3.Dreamscape 2000 - 1 on 1 with DJ Morgan
4.Divas on Decks triple pack
5.Deeper Sound of Lady Lea
6.Flipside House 4
7.Catch Me If You Can
8.Natural Groove # 1
9.Catch Me If You Can – 2nd Time Round
11.Catch Me If You Can – 3rd Time Lucky
12.Lady Lea & DJ Morgan Presents A Family Affair
13.Queen of Clubs
14.Divas on Decks Vol. 1
15.Queen of Clubs Vol. 2
16.King & Queen of Clubs
17.Wham! Bam! Thank You Ma’am! By Lady Lea
♪ Sex Drive – on ESP ep 4
♪ There’s only You – Sonic Divas ft. Ryan V (Lady Lea remix) – on Divas on Decks
♪ Hay DJ ft. Devious D – on DNA 2 & Dreamscape 2000
♪ Roll the Drums remix
♪ Bad Habbit
♪ Your Energy – on Deeper Sound of Lady Lea
♪ Bring It Down
♪ You Make Me Feel – on Flipside House 4
♪ You and Me ft. Alicia – on Catch Me If You Can 1 & 2
♪ I Know You Want Me ft. Candi
♪ All Night Long ft. Roxxy
♪ Joburg Hustlers – Jake Childs ft. Lady Lea – on Kiss Fm
♪ Permanent Damage – Lady Lea & The Bulgarian – on Catch Me If You Can 3
♪ My Junk – Lady Lea & Kyle Watson – on A Family Affair
♪ Rumble in the Jungle (Rework) – Nick Supply & Lady Lea – on Queen of Clubs
♪ I Feel Good – on the J&B Start a Party Album 2009
♪ I Feel Good (Dizzman remix) – on Divas on Decks Vol. 1
♪ Good Times (Benkay DJay remix) – on Queen of Clubs Vol. 2
♪ Catch Me If You Can – Lady Lea & GB Collective
♪ Feel Your Body – Lady Lea & DJ Redwood
♪ Sinful Nights – Lady Lea & Zinhle
♪ Cartwheels – Lady Lea & Sandy
♪ African Revival – Lady Lea & Mapumba
Speed & Sound
Max My Ride
Cars in Action
Get It! Mag
The Times Magazine
SA Promo (UK)
The Riff Music Magazine
SABC 1 – YOTV
SABC 2 – Morning Live
SABC 3 – Expresso Show
ETV – 20 Something, Sunrise, Sistahood
MNET – Survivor South Africa: Santa Carolina
DSTV – Vuzu, MKTV
Good Hope FM
Lady Lea was a contestant in the Survivor South Africa: Santa Carolina – SA Celebrity Edition reality TV series on M-Net. The first episode aired on Wednesday the 20th of January 2010 and the series finale was on Wednesday the 21st of April 2010. Although Lea didn’t win the title of Ultimate Survivor, she did win an immunity challenge and managed to raise R 35,000 for her charity Wet Nose Animal Rescue Centre in Pretoria.
Ministry of Sound, The Whitehouse, Crystal, Bar Sia, Zulus Bar, Chatsworth, Joe Cools, Number 4 Club, Artesian Well, Gigalum, Sounds of Africa @ The Egg, SA Reunion @ Coronet Theatre & Club Hidden
Eden, Es Vive Base Bar, Beach Palace & Sands Beach Bar
Lady Lea has performed at various corporate events and year end functions, including:
Cell C, Citroen, Ferrari, Herbalife, Investec, MTN, Paul Mitchell, Sasol & Vodacom.
Becoming a household name within months of releasing your first single is not something that happens every day in South Africa – especially in the dance market. But when Micasa released ‘These Streets’ to national radio at the end of 2010 their lives would change forever.
Talking with lead vocalist J’ Something about it now, the singer just shakes his head in disbelief and counts his blessings. Two years later, Micasa is without a doubt, one of the hottest acts to emerge from the South African dance market.
What J’ Something still marvels at is the sheer coincidence and improbability of the groups emergence – seeing it almost like his destiny, as nothing else can explain why and how those three musicians landed up being in the same place, at the same time, with such incredibly strong musical chemistry.
Everyone knows the story of the three young guys that were lumped together at a rooftop party at the end of 2010 to freestyle on stage into what became a historical performance. The spark witnessed between the three was tangible and they walked off stage instantly knowing this was the future of dance music.
Since then, the group hardly had time to find their feet before they were signed, recorded, packaged and released into a much anticipating market, through Soul Candi. The three musicians, vocalist J’ Something, trumpeter Mo-T and producer Dr Duda became fast friends, furiously mixing their creativity and walking away with an album of warm house beats peppered with jazz trumpet and a fresh twist of soul.
Their debut self titled record instantly shot to Number 1 of several charts around the country, with the first single ‘These Streets’ rocking charts and airwaves across the country, and pretty soon thereafter, the continent. Produced by Dr Duda and written by the guys themselves, the album has spawned over 5 massive hits, and is currently sitting on multi-platinum status of over 80 000 units.
2012 was a busy year for the guys. ‘These Streets’ had rocked 2011 for them and the follow up, ‘Heavenly Sent’ had high expectations. The single smashed charts and radio waves and got the band to be one of the most booked live performers of the time. The group was literally performing 4-5 shows a week, pushing the envelope each time. After ‘Heavenly Sent’, the group released the third single ‘La Vida’, accompanied by the innovative ‘lego’-styled video. ‘Cant Get Enough’ and ‘All The Glory’ were then released, all the while pushing the group higher and higher up the mountain of fame they had created. 2012 also saw them walking away with three of the most highly coveted SAMA awards. They very humbly walked away with the categories ‘Best Group’, ‘Best Dance Album’ and the most prestigious award of the night, ‘Record Of The Year’.
This took the already insanely busy group to even dizzier heights.
Since then they have opened for international acts such as Drake, John Legend and Kool & The Gang. They have played in over 12 African countries and even performed in Ibiza, a trip that J looks forward to re-living again soon.
A highlight of last year for J was getting to perform at the Obama Presidential Inauguration in January 2013. He laughs when he admits it was the scariest moment in his life, particularly as he had to go onstage alone, without his band mates. “It was different from South African audiences where they know you and go crazy when you walk out – they just looked at me. But they loved the performance”, he says.
J admits that he isn’t normally nervous. “I’m not sure why but it could have something to do with the feeling I get that I am born to do this. You can put me anywhere, hearing 80 000 people calling for you makes me more amped than nervous.”
After winning the SAMPRA at the 19th Annual SAMAs this year, Micasa is now in the studio working on their follow up album – ‘Micasa, Su Casa’. They are excited about the collaborations involved as they have never been one to work with other artists in the past. J holds his tongue when he speaks about the names appearing on their record, but from his excitement one can tell there are some big names involved. “It’s a dream come true to work with some of these names – I cannot image just how good this is going to be”, he laughs.
The group is 11 tracks in and still sticking to producing it themselves, in their own studio in JHB Central. This album incorporates new sounds such as live elements of guitar and drums and even some choirs. Showing growth and maturity whilst still staying as fresh and relevant as ever, the album is going to be one of the most mind-blowing releases of 2013.
With new sponsorship deals, a social networking following of over 200 000 members, international gigs in Toronto, New York and Portugal planned and a brand new album waiting to drop, J- Something still marvels over how this came to be his reality. “It all grew from such innocent roots.. We only expected to sell 3000 units of our album. The idea that three guys from different places coming together for some fun, the next minute we are living this dream…..we are truly blessed.”
Look out for ‘Micasa – Su Casa’ soon.
An interesting, eye-catching addition to any cocktail party, brand activation or launch, Reactagirl will have your guests entertained while mingling at the venue!
The one and only Reactable DJ on the continent!
Reactagirl uses glass cubes and pucks to mix tracks, sync Loops and drop samples when performing live on this unique multitouch table.
While music is being created, any logo or image can be displayed and rotated on the tabletop.
Even a product can be programmed to drop the beat when placed on the Reactable.
Ricardo Da Costa knows a thing or two about what makes a dancefloor tick - master of the addictive morphing bassline and a pounding kick drum, his fusion of electro, tribal and tech house has marked him as one of the most significant DJs to emerge from an already illustrious era of innovators. He is one of the most prominent and accomplished figures in South African dance music his credentials read like every DJ’s daydream but, above anything else, what shines through is the fact that Ricardo Da Costa has tirelessly followed his passion for dance music and it is this potent passion that permeates all his endeavours.
A true musical maverick, Ricardo Da Costa succeeds at whichever role he decides to take on– the constant element being dance music. Director of South Africa’s most well respected dance label by day and a highly sought after DJ by night, Ricardo’s world revolves around music and it’s clear that he’s got all bases covered.
His longevity and presence owes not only to the undeniable quality of Ricardo’s sets: his ability to meld the hypnotic, funky and raw into thumping, soul-‐shaking soundtracks but also to his constant drive to be at the forefront of global trends. His special gift for finding dance-‐floor diamonds has led to some of the most successful dance releases in South African music history. With a growing repertoire of highly-‐successful releases behind him— (nine to date and the tenth on the way) Ricardo has consistently brought his distinct flavour and contagious enthusiasm for House music to South Africa’s ever-‐evolving party scene.
Whenever South Africa plays host to an international talent— Ricardo is there, representing. He has held his own alongside some of the most legendary DJs and producers worldwide: Erick Morillo, Pete Tong, Deadmau5, Alex Kenji, Bass Kleph, Sasha, Paul van Dyk, Martin Solveig, Sandy Rivera, Junior Jack, Kid Creme, Tall Pall, Tiesto, Tom Novy, Axwell, Sarah Main, Dubfire, Sharam and David Guetta— Ricardo’s been there, done that!
Chances are, if you’ve been anywhere near a dance-‐floor, you’ll have heard his name or heard his distinctive style of House. A quick rewind takes us to the nineties when young Ricardo was inspired and captured by the sounds of groups like 2 Brothers on the 4th Floor, Cappello, Nightcrawlers, Culture Beat and the iconic band, Depeche Mode. A year or two later, Ricardo was seduced by the burgeoning house scene and his DJ career began to take root. In 1994, at Azurri Cafe, Ricardo’s skills first registered on the clubbing radar and he’s never looked back. Fifteen years later Ricardo has headlined at virtually every nightclub in South Africa, from Flyhouse, Bump, Tramps, DNA, Therapy, ESP, Nexus, Opium, 52 Parliament, Taboo, Sutra, Bang Bang Club,Truth, Aruba Lounge, to Nicci Beach and more.
Ricardo is no stranger to the sprawling madness of festivals either, rocking thousands at Urban Wave (David Guetta, Dubfire, Sharam), Kiss, Sound Factory, ICE, Woodstock, Fu-‐Cha Gathering and, of course, his long-‐standing residency at Africa’s biggest dance music festival, H20. It’s here that Ricardo has fuelled a massive 18,000 crowd with his magnetic blend of beats. When Ricardo Da Costa gets his groove on, he grabs your soul and won’t let go.
The demand for his skills has spread to neighbouring state Mozambique and has led to globe-‐trotting expeditions where he played at some of the world’s best international clubbing cities and festivals. 2004 saw Ricardo fly to Dubai where he rocked club Oxygen; in 2007 he hit Germany’s legendary Love Parade (1,2 million people) and this year his UK tour included gigs at Ministry of Sound, Hoxton Pony, Zulu Bar.
Not content with playing at other people’s parties, Ricardo and partners conceptualized and realized an event at South Africa’s premier night-‐club, Truth. For two years running the wild and colourful ‘Electric Circus’ parties have pulled well over 3000 of Johannesburg’s dancefloor devotees— a testament to Ricardo’s role as a party-‐starter, trendsetter and industry mainstay.
Ricardo’s charisma and capacity to lead has defined his career from day one: appointed manager for both Mental Groove Records (1999) and Retro Music (2004) Ricardo developed his in-‐depth understanding of all facets of the dance music industry. In 2006, Ricardo took up his position at Soul Candi Records where he manages operations of label as well as A&R. His expertise and leadership is responsible for the label’s continued success.
Behind the public persona, Ricardo is a genuinely vital guy with compelling, almost tangible charm. Untouchable in his power to communicate to all people, Ricardo Da Costa walks the walk and has truly earned his place among the scene’s leaders. In fact, if there’s one word that exemplifies Ricardo Da Costa, it is leader. Whether as a DJ, producer, promoter or label manager his dedication and vision knows no boundaries.
Definitive Sound of
Ricardo presents Funksensual
House Anthems 2
Electro Candi Disc 3
Electro Candi 2 Disc 4
Ryan has in his 12 years in the scene, quickly become one of the most influential DJ’s in South Africa. He has won numerous awards (2001: SA City Life DJ & UDMA Deep House DJ & Overall Best DJ, SL Magazine DJ of 2001, SA City Life DJ of 2000, Epic Magazine DJ of 1999), the unqualified respect of his peers, and adulation on any dance floor, prove that Ryan is a DJ that is taking our local beat to the next level.
As a producer and A&R. on his own South African label, Platform Records he is forcing the international dance scene to sit up and take notice of the Cape Town sound. His production success with “Haya” reaching No. 10 on 5FM Top40 is the tip of the iceberg, with vinyl releases on Dutch label Extrema with “Purple Ohm”, and “Need It” & “FunkDust” released on Belgium label StartStop Records..
Ryan started mixing in early 1994 on inventive set-ups using twin amps and an array of music, he has owned his own nightclub, played live to 15,000 people, opened for Carl Cox & Deep Dish (Pharcyde) & been resident at every house club in Cape Town from G-Spot to Sutra.
His raw energy & talent has taken him Europe every year since 2001 to play alongside house legends Gene Farris, Derrick Carter & Tom Middleton from London to Paris to Amsterdam to Barcelona to Eindhoven!
2002 – 2003 saw Ryan producing the album “Platform Music” in SA and touring only to his regular gigs in the Netherlands allowing his promising career to mature as his gigs got bigger and his beats got chunkier
2004 – 2005 have seen Ryan perform all over Europe and Asia proving that his unique fat chunky basslines and killer loops are gaining the global appreciation he deserves playing alongside and respected by the likes of none other than Tiesto, Erick Morillo, Tom Novy and Timo Maas.
2006 has seen Ryan tour Australia Asia and Europe. Aswell as playing with Fatboy Slim and Martin Solvieg in his hometown, Headlining the PULSE RADIO Float at this years BERLIN LOVE PARADE and rocking the Shoreditch circuit in London have so far continued to put this DJ at thr forefront of peoples minds
Given complete creative control to exhibit his full stratospheric deck dexterity, there is no telling where this sonic alchemist might take you. Open wide! This dentist operates on your soul!
2001: SA City Life DJ of 2001
2001: UDMA (Underground Dance Music Awards) Deep House DJ & Overall Best DJ
2001: SL Magazine DJ of 2001
2000: SA City Life DJ of 2000
1999: Epic Magazine DJ of 1999
2006: Sponsered by UDG
2005: Perform with Tiesto, Morillo, Tom Novy
2004: Form Flash Republic with Tamara Dey & Craig Massiv
2002: Form Platform Records
2001: “Haya” reaches No. 10 on 5FM Top40.
2001: “Deeper Sound of Ryan Dent” mix CD released on USM
2000: Opening live set for Carl Cox at Synergy 15,000 people (Cape Town)
2000: First Live gigs
1998: Start producing; open Club Soda
1996: Turn professional
1994: Start mixing
Residencies: Global Breakthrough, G-Spot, Function, XS, Club Soda, Beat Boutique, More, Sutra (Cape Town & JHB), Sudada.
2006: Australia, Singapore, Thailand, Holland, Germany, Hong Kong, UK
2005: Seychelles, Thailand, Holland, Germany, UK, Austria, Belgium, Spain, France
2003/4: Tour of Holland 4 gigs Extrema Festival, Stalker. Spain, France
2002: EXTREMA “Forward” Eindhoven, Netherlands (Played to crowd of 30, 000 before house legend Gene Farris)
2002: Club Stalker: Haarlem, Netherlands
2002: Glasshouse, U4Ria & The Spot: London
2001: Flokati: Munich
2001: la Fabric: Paris
2006: “Emergency EP” released on Dutch label Extrema (014)
2005: Flash Republic “Time is Now” album released through Gresham.
2004: Platform Music Compilation CD.
2003: “Purple Ohm” feat Warren Morris released on Dutch label Extrema
remixed by Mathew Dekay & Bart van Wissen (Extrema 005).
2003: “FunkDust” released on Belgium label StartStop Records.
2002: “Need It” released on Belgium label StartStop Records.
2002: “Haya” features on EMI / BMG release Home Grown (CDEMCJ (WR) 5982.
2002: “BeatsBrothersBetties” EP released on Platform Records (PLATCD001).
2001: “Haya” reaches No. 10 on 5FM Top40
2001: “Deeper Sound of Ryan Dent” mix CD released on USM (CDUSM 1328).
Currently producing tracks: Flash Republic Album
New Label starting
Born and raised in Durban, Ryan has always had a passion for music since the early days of his youth. His early exposure to DJ culture had been introduced by his older brother whom led him to generate a lot of interest into the art of deejaying and turntablism.
For a stylish & refreshing touch of entertainment to your event, look no further! Cathy Del Mei is one of the countries leading saxophonists for events, and when playing alongside DJ Steve Black , they create a magical experience your guests will take with them forever. Their atmospheric Café Del Mar/Buddha Bar style opening act sets the tone…and they pick it up later with the funky sounds of Goldfish and other smooth house grooves.
For Cathy ,the performance comes first, so you'll either find her grooving the stage to the uplifting beats or winding her way through the audience ,interacting with your guests, making her shimmer of gold the object of audience attention. The musical passion and connection oozes between Steve & Cathy which bubbles over to the audience …elevating spirits and creating the perfect ambience for your evenings event.
Steve’s flexibility to play different styles of music and work as an MC ,makes him stand out from other DJ’s. He is as confident behind the mike as he is behind the decks. …playing styles from Electro, Funky House, African House, Kwaito, Hip-Hop, Afrikaans pop and rock, Classic Oldies from the 60’s through to 80’s Rock as well as the commercial mainstream music that one would hear on radio.
Reading the audience…..they play what works !!
Shawn Bickerton aka DJ SHAWNY B has been a professional club DJ since 1991. He has played in over 100 clubs around the country and has maintained residencies in some of the most prestigious venues to date. DJ SHAWNY B as played alongside some of the hottest local and international DJ's at some of the trendiest and sought after events.
Club Paradise (Alberton), Caesars Palace (Jhb & Pta), Tribes Action Venue (Fourways), Madhouse (Boksburg), Club Paradise (Kempton Park), Chasers (Bruma), Whozoo (Fourways), Monsoon Lagoon (Kempton Park), Sutra (Boksburg Wild Waters), La Boom (Boksburg Wild Waters), Fashion TV (Sandton), Tao (Bedfordview), Barcode (Boksburg) & SET (Rosebank).
"She was born to make music" is a statement Thalia's name is synonymous with. Daughter of well-known jazz bassist Pete Sklair and a vocalist & classical piano player herself since the tender age of 9, Thalia is a highly skilled musician and no stranger to diversity.
Thalia's DJing career began in 2005 giving DJ lessons at Capitol Music Café in Rosebank.
From the start she has had a progressive feel to her music, and now plays a selection of styles to her dance floors including Acid-Jazz and Funky house.
She has played all over South Africa: Johannesburg, Centurion, Cape Town, Durban, Kimberly, Knysna and has even played as far as Zambia and Namibia (Masquerades).
Thalia has played alongside top SA DJs such as Roger Goode, Lady Lea, Ryan Dent, Ricardo da Costa, Roger d'Lux, Missred, Warren Lissack and many more.
Thalia won the annual Gemini DJ Battle 2007, being the only female djette making it to the finals. She also made it to the semi-finals of the SYLD (support your local DJ) competition South Africa where she dropped out due to unfortunate circumstances.
After completing a music production/engineering course, as well as a music business course at Soul Candi and now producing her own tracks, Thalia is dedicated to paving the way forward for female DJ’s in South Africa, continually applying new and exciting aspects to her sets. She has done many vocal recordings (mostly Jazz) and has reached number 29 on the world chart with her vocals on Woven, a hit produced with Eric M.
Shining in the lime-light, Thalia is not just a great DJ, she is the whole package. Featuring on Go's (DSTV) GoChat, MK89's MKchat, and Yo.TV's Wildroom it is clear that she has the looks to go with the skills.
"There is no better feeling than playing a rocking set to a packed dance-floor."
This is a mantra Thalia lives by and most definitely proves every time she graces a club with her illuminating presence.
With a passion for what she does and a skill second to none, Thalia is arguably one of the hottest prospects in her profession at the moment, and there are still many sizzling hot tunes to come!