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African artists confirmed for SXSW

The South by South West  (SXSW) Conferences and Festival is one of the most prestigious events in the world.

Each year participants are treated to high quality artists, workshops and performances.  This year’s list of confirmed bands/performers has been put up, and there are several African performers on the roster.

Confirmed as of this printing are:

Bez – Lagos, Nigeria
BezHis first live performance was with gospel group KUSH, and then other regular performances with Sage Has son, (A spoken word artist) followed, sharing the stage with Mode9, Terry tha Rap Man, Djinee, M.I, Roof Top Mcs and many more in quite a number of events including Taruwa® an unplugged show he features in regularly. One of his most defining moments was performing as an opening act with Cobhams, an ace producer at Asa’s two day concert in Lagos.

Tagged as “the next big thing” in the Nigerian music scene by the Guardian and Thisday newspapers in two consecutive weeks, his style can be described as a hybrid of jazz, soul, and world music, a really eclectic sound he calls alternative soul.

Civil Twilight – Cape Town, South Africa

Civil Twilight

Steven, Andrew and Richard grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, best friends since childhood. Steven and Andrew’s mother, a classical pianist, played opera throughout the home. It was after the three started listening to grunge music that Civil Twilight, a fierce combination of both operatic and alternative elements, was born.

Civil Twilight spent the better part of the last year on tour playing the likes of Bonnaroo and Voo¬too Fest, opening for acts like Smashing Pumpkins and Florence & The Machine, and headlining their own shows across the country.


Massive Scar Era – Cairo, Egypt

Massive Scar Era

They are a 4-piece band that kicked off in 2005 from the scenic seaside city of Alexandria, Egypt.The band has released 3 albums that attracted a lot of attention from all parts of the world.

They were invited to perform multiple times at international festivals including “Cornerstone Festival 2010 & 2011” in Chicago, USA  where they opened for August Burns Red, The Devil Wears Prada, Demon Hunter and The Chariot. They have also performed in California’s famed “Whiskey A Go-Go”.

Mavin All Stars – Lagos, Nigeria

Mavin All Stars

Mavin Records is the brainchild of acclaimed producer and entrepreneur, Michael Collins Ajereh (Don Jazzy). The Mavin All Stars is home to some of Africa’s most exciting musical talents with dozens of awards and hit singles between them.

Dr. SID, Tiwa Savage, Wande Coal and D’Prince have all brought their diverse musical backgrounds to the fore. The result is a perfect blend of soul, hip-hop, R&B and afrobeat.


Muthoni The Drummer Queen – Nairobi, Kenya

Muthoni the Drummer Queen - (Photo: Kasha Magazine)

Since 2009, Muthoni’s sound has been described as Afro-Electro : an edgy mix of loud African drums & rhythmic patterns with Hip-Hop/Rap, Electronic/Dance, RnB, Soft Rock, Floe-try & Other experimental sounds creating an intoxicating fusion of sounds.

In addition to numerous performances, collaborative experiences and experiments she has performed at the Incubate Festival in Netherlands and the popular Zanzibar music festival, Sauti Za Busara.  She is also the CEO/Founder of the wildly popular Blankets and Wine Festival in Kenya.

Wizkid – Lagos, Nigeria


This 19 year old’s collaboration with M.I on “‘Fast Money, Fast Cars‘ on the ‘Talk About It’ album, drew a lot of attention to his distinct voice and singing style. He also voiced the seasonal Barcelos radio jingle which was released in December 2008.

In 2009, Wizkid got signed to Banky W’s label, Empire Mates Entertainment and has since gone on to perform and record with Banky W, who is one of Nigeria’s most sought artistes. Wizkid has collaborated with other artistes such as Kel, Dipp, Eva and Teeto, to name a few.

Quit Together – Cairo, Egypt

Their style is Transcendent Hiptronica.

Visit the SXSW website for more information and to purchase tickets.


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