The Brother Moves On, Estère, Cold Specks, Nonku Phiri & Bongeziwe Mabandla
to May 27

The Brother Moves On, Estère, Cold Specks, Nonku Phiri & Bongeziwe Mabandla


Akum Agency presents an IGODASouthern African Music Festivals Circuit sideshow featuring two amazing contemporary African diaspora musicians: Cold Specks will bring her doom soul from Canada and Estère her Electric Blue Witch Hop to The Good Luck Bar in Johannesburg on Thursday May 26th 2016

Both artists are touring the Igoda tour circuit with shows at Azgo Festival in Mozambique, Bushfire Festival in Swaziland, Zakifo Musik Festival in Durban and Sakifo Musik Festival in Reunion Island.

Also on the line-up will be the incredible The Brother Moves On, the enchanting Nonku Phiri and Xhosa folk artist Bongeziwe Mabandla making sure that Jozi’s finest talent is repping for what will be an amazing night of music.

Estère plays/records a mixture of bass, synth, drums, guitar, vocal harmonies, keyboard, whistles, claps, kazoo, desk tapping and anything else that might take her fancy then layers her production with pulsating rhythms and evocative melodies that adhere to the genre of Electric Blue Witch hop.  

Estère's father is from Cameroon and mother is from New Zealand. She is based in NZ and has a growing international profile with features on blogs such as Afropunk, OkayAfrica, OkayPlayer, as well as French distribution of her first LP and supports for Eryka Badu and Aloe Blacc and collaborations with artists such as Oddisee.

In fact, Acclaim Magazine describes her as having a “velvet smooth voice that has already drawn comparisons with Erykah Badu with the charm of Lianne La Havas.”

Cold Specks’ 2012 debut album, I Predict a Graceful Expulsion! was hailed as a masterful and wholly original debut, and was shortlisted for a Juno award and Polaris Prize. In a style described as doom-soul Cold Specks has worked on Moby’s album ‘Innocents’ and was invited to play with Joni Mitchell at the singer’s 70th birthday, alongside the likes of Herbie Hancock.

Cold Specks has a growing profile in North America and Europe, with good coverage across blogs/radio from NPR, Okayafrica, Pitchfork etc over the past 2 years. 

The ghost inside the magic, the stranglers of an innocent idea of bringing performance art to its knees through costume, music and storytelling... The Brother Moves On have created a genre of music that is truly their own Music Of Black Origin, no one show is ever the same as their tear up the stage and captivate their audience.

Nonku Phiri has one of the most distinctive, influential voices on South Africa’s future electronic music landscape. Her debut single Things We Do On The Weekend is a sultry tale set to hazy beats and click percussion.

Bongeziwe Mabandla has created a matchless Afro-folk sound, over which his soulful voice delivers in both Xhosa and English. Influenced by artists like Tracy Chapman, Simphiwe Dana, Jabu Khanyile and Oliver Mtukudzi, his sound has a rhythmically grass-roots vibe, while fusing elements of tradi_onal Xhosa music, Mbaqanga, Soul, Hip-hop and Dub.

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Roots Rock Reggae
to May 26

Roots Rock Reggae

Akum Agency & Roots Rock Reggae collective presents an Igoda - Southern African Music Festivals Circuit sideshow called Roots Rock Reggae featuring two of the finest roots reggae and dub artists in the Southern Hemisphere: from Australia we have bass-heavy roof-raisers Kingfisha and Mozambique’s finest dub/reggae live act Gran'mah.

Kingfisha are bringing their weighty reggae and dub to the Igoda tour circuit with shows at Azgo Festival in Mozambique, Bushfire Festival in Swaziland, Zakifo Musik Festival in Durban and Sakifo Musik Festival in Reunion Island.

Gran’mah are also performing Azgo Festival and Zakifo Festival, so it only makes sense to bring some of the finest roots reggae to Jozi.

Also on the line-up will be South Africa’s finest bands: Malcolm Jiyane ft Stop Noncents & Sfiso from the Muffins present a collaboration of unique urban sounds that boast eclectic and authentic local flavour as well as Urban Village; they will be serving a blend of South African indie folk music layered with electric, funky acoustic melodies and traditional influences. 

Wait...there's more!! DJ Coppashot, Kapula, Dub Rui, and Davina Satori will be blazing up the speakers all the way into the morning with you Host Mr Yeoville Radio himself Kwelagobe Sekele.

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Alsarah & The Nubatones
7:30 PM19:30

Alsarah & The Nubatones

In town for WOMADelaide, Alsarah & The Nubatones will perform their only headline show on their first Australian tour at Howler in Melbourne on Friday 18th March 2016 as part of the Brunswick Music Festival. Don’t miss your chance to see the “new star of Nubian pop”, The Guardian.  

Alsarah is a Sudanese born singer-songwriter and ethnomusicologist. Alsarah & The Nubatones was born out of many dinner conversations between Alsarah between Alsarah and Rami El Aasser about Nubian ‘Songs Of Return’, modern migration patterns and the cultural exchanges between Sudan and Egypt. Under the leadership of Alsarah and with a common love for the richness of pentatonic sounds their sound grew into what they have dubbed ‘East-African Retro-Pop’. Their debut album ‘Silt’ was released via Wonderwheel Recordings to international acclaim.
Alsarah’s star quality and expressive live performances with her quartet, The Nubatones, have been steadily amassing fans including The Roots’ Questlove with their spellbinding and eclectic East African retro-pop.
Howler, Melbourne VIC
Fri 18th March | Buy Tix | Facebook Event

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Next Stop Melbourne
to Feb 2

Next Stop Melbourne

addis ababa, brazzaville, cape town, lagos, zanzibar and next stop?→melbourne!

Next Stop Melbourne is a contemporary African-Australian arts and performance festival that is set to take over the streets of Melbourne's Southbank on February 1.  Next Stop Melbourne is a free, all-day series of events, and everyone is invited. 

The extensive line-up features both established and emerging artists from the African-Australian diaspora, ranging from contemporary music and experimental dance to theatre, spoken word, painting and poetry. It is a family-friendly event that will also include a fashion parade, hair braiding and face painting.
Next Stop Melbourne's vision is both fiercely contemporary and diasporic, and refuses to put limitations on what 'African' or 'Australian' can mean.

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