Shortly after being selected to be part of the 2004 Red Bull Academy, Black Coffee shot onto the South African music scene with his own brand of electronic and deep house music. His meteoric rise in the music industry has taken the acclaimed DJ far beyond the borders of South Africa winning 'Breakthrough DJ of the Year' at the 2015 DJ Awards in Ibiza as well as 'Best African Act' at the 2016 BET Awards in Los Angeles. With five self-produced albums under his label, Soulistic, Black Coffee has become a household name having won a string of SAMA Awards including 'Best Dance Album', 'Album of the Year' and 'Male Artist of the Year'.
Did you know? Black Coffee lost the use of his left arm after being run down by a taxi driver in a politically motivated attack on the day of Nelson Mandela's release from Robben Island in 1990.
Deep House duo Black Motion was formed in 2010 when Robert Mahosana (DJ Murda) and percussionist Thabo 'Smol' Mabogwane decided to join forces. Using vocals, keyboards and traditional drums to distinguish their brand from other local DJing acts, the multi SAMA Award-winning act is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with on the South African music scene.
Born in Cuba and raised in Angola, DJ Dino Bravo moved to South Africa in the early 90s where he started spinning vinyl at Club 51 in Yeoville. With a career that spans 30 years, this well-known DJ is revered for his eclectic fusion of music genres including hip-hop, kwaito, pop, Bhangra music and more. He released his first solo album entitled 'Yo Mama's Favorite DJ' in 2007 and is a resident DJ on The Fresh Breakfast Show on Metro FM.
Radio and club DJ, Ayanda MVP was just 15 year when she landed her first role as a TV presenter while studying at The National School of Arts in Johannesburg. Honing her mixing skills on Tuks FM, Ayanda received her break on commercial radio when she was selected to host the Bona Fide show on YFM. The hip-hop DJ regularly gets invited to play in clubs across South Africa and is fast becoming a musical tour de force with her sexy sounds and sultry look.
Boasting a string of SAMA Awards and nominations, DJ Kent is one of the most recognisable names on the South African music scene. Turning his passion and talent into a successful business, the self-taught DJ-turned-entrepreneur has a global following and has become the most imitated artist in SA with his songs being remixed in over 12 countries. His hit song Love You Still was released on his fourth album (entitled 'Evolution X') in 2016 and is one of the most downloaded songs on the Apple Music store.
Did you know? Drawing inspiration from his global travels, DJ Kent co-owns a clothing store with DJ Euphonik in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.
DJ Euphonik is one of South Africa's most popular DJs whose dance music spans a variety of genres including commercial house, afro house, deep house, R&B and kwaito. Expanding his talents into producing and radio presenting, Euphonik was given a DJing slot on DJ Fresh's show on 5FM and soon afterwards bagged his own show on the same radio station. Euphonik has also co-hosted SABC 1's music magazine show called Club Culture and was selected to be a judge on the dance reality TV show Step Up or Step Out on e.tv.
Born in Botswana and degreed in South Africa, very few DJs can claim the list of accolades and achievements as DJ Fresh. Fresh AKA 'Big Dawg' started his career as a radio jockey on YFM and later moved to 5FM where he hosted both the morning and afternoon drive shows for nine years. Currently, DJ Fresh hosts The Fresh Breakfast Show on Metro FM. Despite his impressive career as a DJ and radio presenter, the father of three has produced over 30 house albums and is a judge on the reality show, SA's Got Talent.
FACT: DJ Fresh's philanthropic pursuits inspired him to create media scholarships for students from disadvantaged communities.
As the host of the Vin Mix on 94.7's Breakfast Xpress show, Gavin 'Vin' Deysel is considered to be one of South Africa's rising stars and is widely regarded for his cutting-edge mixing skills. When he's not ripping up the decks for his radio fans, he dabbles in sound engineering and music production and has released three solo albums featuring remixes of popular club hits.
Cape Town-born DJ and turntablist, DJ Reddy D, also known as The Black Battle Cat or DJ X-Plode, catapulted onto the scene after winning the South African National DJ Championship in 1990. He went on to win the competition three more times and was one of the founding members of POC (Prophets of the City), the first South African hip-hop group to record and release an album through a major international label in the early nineties. During this time, Reddy D also formed the group Brasse Vannie Kaap (BVK) whose lyrics combined Afrikaans with Cape Slang. In 2005, he released his first solo album (entitled 'Not for the Fainthearted Vol. 1') and a second called 'Big Air Society' in 2014. As a music producer, TV host, radio DJ and mentor to many aspiring Hip-Hop artists, Reddy D is undoubtedly one of the most skilled and versatile musical artists South Africa has ever seen.
Did you know? In 2015 DJ Ready D received an Honorary and Lifetime Achievement Award at the South African Hip-Hop Awards.
Exploding onto the scene in 2011, hip-hop DJ and artist Chrizz Beatz is known for his agile mixing skills and eclectic combination of tunes. He regularly plays on 5FM and has worked with some of South Africa's biggest names including Da Les, WTF and South African Idols runner-up Rheema Varrie.
FACT: Chrizz Beatz has a law degree but chose to pursue his passion and talents as a DJ and music producer.
Jullian Gomes was just eight years old when he discovered house music. He played his first gig in 2003 and soon after joined forces with cousin Michael G to form the G.Family Collective bagging releases on local and international labels. In 2012, at the age of 23, Gomes received his first SAMA nomination for 'Best Dance Album' and was invited to play at numerous festivals including Oppikoppi, Rocking the Daisies, the Cape Town Electronic Music Festival and the Sonar Festival in Barcelona. That same year, gaining significant support from fans and fellow South African DJs, Gomes broke away from the G.Family Collective to release his solo debut album entitled 'Love Song 28'. In 2015, he formed Stay True Sounds, an independent label with Kid Fonque releasing 'Late Dreamer', which climbed to number one on iTunes South Africa. In 2018, Gomes finally started his own label called World Without End, a company that aims to widen this formidable DJ's quest for creative expression through the electronic soul genre.
Swaziland-born Ashley Raphala, otherwise known as DJ Shimza, started his music career when he was just 15 years old. He went on to win the Red Bull DJ Competition in 2006 and the rest, as they say, is history. Known for his 'afro-tech' signature sound, this rising talent also took the top prize in Betrams Next Big Thing competition on Channel O and then signed with Black Coffee's Soulistic Music in 2013. He released his debut album entitled 'Shimuzic' in 2015.
House DJ Lulo Café (also known as 'Black Ace') shot onto the scene after releasing his debut album entitled 'Deep House Chronicles 2'. With his preppy style and suave sound, Lulo is excited to be featured alongside South Africa's hottest DJs at Time Square's Block Party on New Year's Eve. Don't miss this mega musical event at Tshwane's entertainment mecca.
And that's it! Thirteen of the hottest DJs playing for 12 hours at Time Square. You've met them here, now meet the Time Square Block Party lineup live at Sun Arena on New Year's Eve.
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