The BLK JKS, South African afro avant noise rock band. Childhood friends Linda and Mpumi grew up on the same block in Johannesburg’s East Rand, where they taught themselves guitar after Linda’s sister received one as a prize in church choir. Forming a band in 2003, early BLK JKS shows and recordings we remarkable for their stacks of guitar drone and head nodding beats, but it was with the addition of bassist Molefi and drummer Tsepang—both of Soweto—that BLK JKS began work with a fresh approach and plunged into its current universe of sound.
Born and Raised in the Eastern Cape, her name means ‘gift’ and many of her fans would agree that she is just that, a gift to the SA music scene. In a short period of time this Soul Sistah has become one of South Africa’s favourite daughters. Her music has a fresh sound and her unique voice complements it perfectly. Her debut album Zandisile took a lot of music lovers by surprise. It is modern South African music with a timeless revolutionary message.
DJ Mujava’s real name is Elvis Maswanganyi, he’s 21 and hails from a Pretorian township called Attridgeville. He got his break when taxi drivers - who had heard him play on community radio and act as independent grassroots music distributors in South Africa’s urban townships - started spreading his sound in their cab stereos and selling CDs they had acquired from visits to his house directly to their customers accross Pretoria.
The Springbok Nude Girls (or just the Nude Girls or Nudies as they are affectionately known) are one of South Africa's more popular bands. Their music is a blend of alternative, rock, ska and sonic metal with jazz and acoustic influences.
Arguably South Africa's best rock outfit. The lead singer Arno Carstens has since embarked on a prolific solo career.
The albums to date are:
1. Neanderthal 1
1995. Quite raw and minimally produced.
1997. Becoming more "international", with a number of hits.
This South African Songstress was featured in the South African Music Documentary "Amandla!" Sibonghile Khumalo is one of the leading ladies in the South African tradition of heavenly voices. She has an excellent album out called "Live at the Market theatre" which is a tribute to South African musicians including;Miriam Makeba, Prince Lengoasa, Bheki Mseleku, Caiphus Semenya, Dorothy Masuka amongst others. She is trained as an opera singer and brought that vibe to these recordings. On one of the tracks on the album she switched from vocals to violin the result sounded celtic.
With a style of music they call Mbaqanga, The Mahotella Queens (Nobesthutu Mbada, Hilda Tloubatla and Mildred Mangxola) have become South Africa's most successful vocal group through their combination of traditional songs with high energy, funky, dance-oriented music. The Mahotella Queens first came to prominence in the 1960s as backing singers for the 'Lion of Soweto' Mahlathini. As well as recording with Mahlathini, they released a number of albums in their own right. They were able to use their fame to become highly influential figures in the fight against apartheid.
There are at least four artists with the name Elegy: 1. Elegy are a progressive metal/power metal band from the Netherlands. They formed in 1986. 2. Elegy were a supposedly German Krautrock Band which were actually from Britain but were pretty much based full-time in Austria. They released the single "No Direction / Pain" in early 1971 which was recorded at the studios of Peter Mueller, Vienna. The A-Side "No Direction" was compiled on "Kraut! Demons! Kraut! Vol. 1 German Psychedelic Underground 1968-1974".