Young African Commonwealth at Festival 2018
Kweku Mandela is your host for an incredible evening of African music – a live tour de force of the power of change, music and unity.
Inspired by the great Nelson Mandela, this performance will celebrate his 100th Birthday and acknowledge the support he received from colleagues, comrades and the community.
An exciting lineup of young trailblazing bands, vocalists and DJs, including Spoek Mathambo, K.O.G, Batuk, Aadae, DJ Gazza, Moonchild Sanelly, Morena Leraba and Mim Suleiman demonstrate loud and live why Africa has come to lead the evolution of music across the globe, and how Mandela made that possible.
Kweku Mandela was born in the Transkei, South Africa, and grew up in America, returning to his homeland in 1993. He is a South African Filmmaker, his company Out of Africa Entertainment is one of the largest film and Television production companies in Africa having recently completed production on Madiba, Maze Runner 3 and The Red Sea Diving Resort.
Manteiga and Spoek Mathambo form part of the world renowned music collective called BATUK. The globetrotting bodyrocking group from Johannesburg and Maputo, BATUK brings a unique fusion of Mozambican and South African flair.
The interpretation of genuine African music fused with energy and laced with funk reggae jazz and music from all corners of the world.
Under the leadership of the outrageously talented whirlwind of energy that is Kweku Sackey aka Ghanaian force of nature K.O.G, the eight-piece Zongo brigade deliver infectious, high-energy West African grooves, drawing on afrobeat, soul, funk, rock and reggae to create a totally original sound that leaves every crowd dripping with sweat and begging for more.
Spoek Mathambo is the stage name of South African musician (singer, rapper, producer and DJ), Nthato Mokgata. At the vanguard of a new wave of African artists, Spoek is hitting the world hard. The edgy, unorthodox figure of Spoek heads the Fantasma project, a South African band made up of musicians with very different backgrounds and styles who teamed up to create a sound that is far more than the sum of its parts. Into this melting pot go dozens of styles, skills, sounds and influences, from deep house (one of the most popular genres in the country) to psychedelia by way of Zulu traditions, hip hop psych rock, ancestral beats, Bacardi house (invented by DJ Spoko) and even aspects of surf music, one of Geldenhuys’ areas of expertise.
Aadae makes music that crosses boundaries. Born in Nigeria but raised in Peckham, her song-writing speaks of family parties spent listening to high life and Afrobeat, long nights in South London dancing to UK garage music, and an innate love of the impact pop song-writing can have. West African tradition with London street culture to craft something entirely unique.
DJ Gazza can be defined as a mix of several influences namely Kwaito, dancehall, reggae, hip hop. His lyrics are about the township life and reflect the intricacies of Namibian life and strike a familiar chord with Namibians from all walks of life, young and old.
Moonchild Sanelly quickly made a name for herself in the Durban music scene, performing at festivals across KwaZulu Natal. She has since relocated to Johannesburg where her presence has been no less noticeable.
Morena Leraba’s music, especially lyrics, is deeply rooted in Lesotho’s traditional music, poetry, and its sub-genre, Famo, which was introduced as early as the 1920s when Basotho men were migrant workers in South African mines. However, the approach in the beat is significantly different as it hurls almost everything from electro, electronica, afro-house, folk, and hip hop.
The irrepressible Mim Suleiman, a pint sized performer with a planet-sized personality, has been described as Mama Africa of the modern era.