By Xavier; A man of many talents

6th April 2021 BY Ivis Ngwenya

Internationally acclaimed, sought-after South African photographer, Xavier Saer is a man of many talents who rediscovered his passion for music during the first lockdown. This passion resulted in two radio single releases which got him noticed and signed to Tiësto’s record label, “Black Hole Recordings”, one of the world’s leading Dance Music Labels. Most people know him as a photographer…

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DJ BIG SKY; A man that is in his bag

25th March 2021 BY Ivis Ngwenya

With DJ, producer, writer, and event planner on his CV as well as a civil engineer diploma Mr big sky is a man that is in his bag! He started his career as a DJ in 2003 when he was mentored by DJ star who at the time was part of the legendary group BRF formed by the phenomenal DJ…

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Brandon Dhludhlu and his single Uhambe

23rd March 2021 BY Ivis Ngwenya

After coming 3rd on Idols Brandon Dhludhlu’s Uhambe Short Story is one about assuring his girl that he has no intention of letting her go. He expresses how different he is from her ex who let her go. So she needs to get about him and anyone else who doubts their Love. I am telling you guys, South Africans are…

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Mr music; SA Idols runner up

23rd March 2021 BY Ivis Ngwenya

We all know how much I love Afro soul, out of all genres it is my favourite. Everyday I fall in love with new songs and my wedding playlist literally grows by the hour! Mr music is SA idols runner up and his single ngikhethe kahle is surely one that will make you fall in love!  What made you apply…

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STEP DADDY; An Underrated King

19th March 2021 BY Ivis Ngwenya

Hailing from Gugulethu, Cape Town and containing a hunger to conquer the world, Hip Hop/Afro Pop rapper and musician Stepdaddy has emerged as one of the most exciting Hip Hop talents over the turn of the new decade. His “IT” factor quickly caught the attention of one of Africa’s leading music marketing agencies and label, the Vth Season, who signed…

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Urban Village; A legacy in the making

18th March 2021 BY Ivis Ngwenya

Soweto based 4-piece band, Urban Village, have released a new EP, UBABA, their debut for Parisian label Nø Førmat! (home to Oumou Sangaré, Blick Bassy & Mélissa Laveaux). Marrying the day-to-day experiences of black South Africans with ebullient elements from traditional Zulu music, Urban Village is the alias of four experimental musicians all born and raised in the township of Soweto…

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COURTNAE PAUL; My career goals

16th March 2021 BY Ivis Ngwenya

Internationally recognized DJ, B-girl, and choreographer, Courtnaé Paul’s, GOT NEXT with the release of her debut singles in the form of a 3-track debut EP. This woman is the embodiment of hard work and discipline, she really shows that with determination and drive, you can do anything and everything in life, you just have to want to work for it! The entertainment…

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Benny Afroe says Fxck genre

16th March 2021 BY Ivis Ngwenya

Benny Afroe – a young, fresh, musically trained, exceptional African talent on the cusp of taking on the global music scene. Creating waves on the street with his dress sense and music, this guy has it all! His sound is a blend of everything we love here at COA; Hip Hop, RnB, Pop, and Trap Soul with a hint of…

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MANANA; Apple Music’s New Artist Spotlight

11th March 2021 BY Ivis Ngwenya

Hailing from Mbabane the Southern African mountains of Eswatini, Manana (Ndumiso Manana), the young and multi-talented singer, composer, producer emanates humility and kindness. His work suggests deep bravery, emotional maturity and honesty which makes him instantly relatable. Whether it’s behind a piano or microphone, he is able to express what the heart needs to hear; simply and honestly. Manana is not just a formidable singer and poignant lyricist. He has writing credentials on some beloved South African and African tracks. Having written for and worked with Ami Faku on eBhayi, Amanda Black on Africa and Sauti Sol on Feel My Love, as well as worked with Seba Kappastad, Rowlene, and the upcoming Mila Smith,  Manana oozes a gentle and wise musicality in every one of his offerings and is poised to be a household name for his ever-growing songbook.   Manana released his debut EP, In The Beginning, Was The End towards the back end of 2020. This EP reflects on the relationship with two emotive beings through sound. It captures the light and shade of growing and fading relationships, With his own marriage as his compass – it is a relatable love story narrated backwards.  Where do you draw inspiration from as a song writer? Uhmmmm I will say that the first point of entry of inspiration is probably my own relationship with my wife. The relationship and friendship that we have shared over the…

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