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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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