The Beats06 Oct 2016
Unpacking Cape Town's Out-The-Box Music Producers
Cape Town is a hub of creative minds and these artists prove just that. This collection of independent thinkers are pushing their music into fascinating new territories, and you might want to tag along for the ride.
He may be mostly known for his Fuk Bread music video, but he keeps himself busy with an array of alternative electronic music projects through Naas music. With countless collaborations under his belt and his boundless imagination, we have no doubt he’ll strike gold sooner or later.
Producer Nicolaas van Reenen has created music under several projects, including the instrumental band, Bateleur. He has a diverse musical background that includes collaborating and touring with maverick Spoek Mathambo. Fever Trails takes his influences and binds them together in challenging new ways.
Dope Saint Jude
This one-of-a-kind Cape Town based rapper has made waves with her up front and independent attitude. Her style was recognised earlier this year when she was selected to be part of a MIA fronted H&M campaign for World Recycle Week.
As one half of the now defunct synth pop duo, Gateway Drugs, Andy Islands has forged ahead with his own solo effects. He has taken the European styles of techno and South African house and created a sound he can call his own.
Self-described as Mzansi’s kwaai diva, Umlilo (meaning ‘fire’ in Xhosa) excels in the unexpected. The music bends between melancholic synths, hip-hop and dance beats, breaking the rules in all the right ways.