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Afrotonixx

Meet Afrotronixx – a trio of talented brothers who are redefining music with their blend of hip hop, dancehall, afrobeats, and soul 🥁🎷 Their sound? It’s global yet deeply rooted in Africa. Drawing inspiration from their travels and performances across countries like Senegal, Cape Verde, Ghana, Benin, and even the US, they infuse every note with a unique Afro-centric vibe. 🌍🎶 From humble beginnings, these brothers have made waves, performing all around the Bay. Today, their unmistakable rhythms grace radios and platforms not only in PE but across South Africa. Join us at the Richmond Hill Street Music Festival and let Afrotronixx’s eclectic sounds move you 💃

Asanda Bam

Stepping into the limelight in 2002 with the internationally celebrated ensemble, Joyous
Celebration, Asanda Bam has since become a name synonymous with musical
excellence.
🌟🎵 Her voice has graced stages with South
African legends like Gloria Bosman and Thandiswa Mazai and many more. From the
heartbeats of Africa to international arenas, Asanda’s music resonates far and
wide.
🌍🎼 A METRO FM Music Award nominee, her
unique sound—a fusion of afro soul, jazz, rhythm and blues, crowned with sultry
ballads—creates an unforgettable musical experience. Join us at the Richmond
Street Music Festival and be enchanted by Asanda Bam’s tunes.

Ashleigh Grace

Ashleigh Grace’s voice resonates with more than just notes; it embodies love for music and people. When she’s not serving up smiles at the local coffee shop or weaving visual magic with her graphic design skills, she’s out there – sharing her voice and heart. You might spot her busking, serenading passersby and brightening their day. 

Remember, buskers like Ashleigh rely on tips to continue their musical journey. So if her tunes touch your soul, a small token can go a long way in keeping the music alive.

Booshle G

Emerging from the heart of Kariega and now echoing his tunes in Gqeberha, meet indie pop sensation, Booshle G.! 🎶 Living his dream.

Booshle G. songs weave a narrative of self-discovery, being present amidst life’s highs and lows, and dancing through its maze. His chords don’t just strum; they tell stories, they resonate, they inspire. 🍃🎼

Boy Brown

Hailing from GQ, Boy Brown is more than just a name; he’s an R&B sensation, a soulful voice, and a producer with afro house vibes that will make your heart skip a beat! 🎵

Join us and dance away to his mesmerizing rhythms! 🕺💃

Debrah Coeries

Fresh from completing her academic journey in jazz and contemporary music, Debrah Coeries’ voice has been described as ‘angelic’. 

For her performance at the Richmond Hill Street Music Festival, Debrah will be teaming up with the dynamic jazz guitarist, Jared Houlie, and the melodious finesse of jazz pianist, Mkateko Enock Mtaleni (Mkeys). Together, they promise a magical fusion of music, encompassing classics from legends like Anita Baker, Lauren Wood, and Lianne La Havas, while also introducing us to Debrah’s original masterpieces.

Dilemna

Meet GQ’s very own dynamic duo! Breathing new life into classics from various eras, they’ve mastered the art of making each song uniquely theirs. 

Ready to groove? Lace up those “tekkies”. 

Feeling sentimental? Keep those tissues close. 

With Dilemma on stage, one thing’s for certain – they’ll turn your night into an unforgettable good time

Fiesto Gxasheka

Meet the maestro of hip jazz, Fiesto Gxasheka. Beginning his journey with melodies at the tender age of 12, Fiesto embarked on a musical journey that saw him sharing the stage and collaborating with some of South Africa’s most iconic names: Judith Sepuma, Jimmy Dludlu, Hugh Masekela, Puff Johnson, and HHP, to name a few. 

From being an integral part of the New Afroteens, Take Note, and various other local ensembles, he’s now all set to sprinkle the magic of his unique ‘hip jazz’ at the Richmond Hill Street Music Festival. 🎸🎟️ Get into the groove!

Kevin Davidson

Born and schooled in Port Elizabeth, Kevin Davidson’s musical journey led him to the captivating vibes of Cape Town, where he became an integral part of the group ‘Scott Free’ during their residency at the famed Constantia Nek restaurant. 🎤 

Beyond performing, Kevin’s passion for music flourished as he mentored budding saxophonists at the Jazz Workshop alongside Merton Barrow. Sharing stages with South African jazz legends like Winston Mankunku, Robbie Jansen, and Ezra Ngukana, he honed his craft and found his unique rhythm. Internationally, Kevin’s sax has echoed alongside jazz royalty: Clay Jenkins, Thelonius Monk Jnr, Howard Johnson, Helen Sung, Avishai Cohen, Pharaoh Sanders, Rufus Reid, and the legendary Dr. Yusef Lateef. Catch the magic of Kevin Davidson’s soulful sounds

Momma Jo & the big Richards

Formed in 2022, Momma Jo & The Big Richards are on a mission: Bring back FUNK and groove right into the heart of the music scene! 🎤🎶 

Drawing inspiration from legends like Earth, Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder, and James Brown, and blending vibes from modern icons like Silk Sonic and Bruno Mars, they’re creating a symphony that’s both nostalgic and fresh. 

Enjoy their ingenious funk renditions of chart-toppers, and stay tuned for original funky hits they’re crafting to captivate our ears!

Nirere Shanel

A self-taught prodigy, Nirere Shanel began her musical journey at 13. 

As an artist deeply rooted in the transformative essence of music, she channeled her beliefs into soul-stirring melodies.

 In 1998, Shanel echoed the sentiments of an entire nation, releasing heartfelt compositions in homage to the victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi of Rwanda. With every note, Nirere’s musical journey expands, collaborating with esteemed artists like Nneka, Gael Faye, Jali, Lokua Kanza, and more. 

A new chapter beckons as Nirere gears up for the release of her upcoming EP this December.

Sigu G

A proud son of KwaZakhele, Gqeberha, Sibu G’s early immersion in music led him on a journey of self-discovery, cultivating a sound that marries the heartbeats of traditional South African roots with the fresh beats of today. 

From the resonating strings of his guitar in SAYO to the captivating vocal lead, Sibu G’s music journey is nothing short of inspirational. His participation in the eKhaya Sessions Artist Development Programme in 2021 not only refined his skills but marked the start of his solo career.

Simon Shaw Music

Meet Simon Shaw 🥁🎤 – A rhythm maestro who turned a suitcase bass drum, beer cap tambourine, shaker pedal, and crash cymbal into a mesmerizing symphony. 

Meet Therese & Dave 🎸🎤 – The dynamic acoustic duo with an enchanting blend of styles. Therese’s vocals and songwriting charm, while Dave’s bass guitar sets the heartbeat. 

Meet James van der Merwe 🎷🎤 – A skilled saxophonist and classically trained vocalist, who mesmerizes audiences.

The Unscripted

From the breezy shores of GQ comes a a new era of groove with a fresh sound of funk and jazz fusion; meet The Unscripted.

Originally conceived in 2023 as a jazz collective, this band of six has since evolved, embracing the irresistible allure of funk while still paying homage to their jazzy roots. 🎤 

Catch them at the Richmond Hill Street Music Festival on 2 September! 

Come along and enjoy a day packed with delicious eats 🍔, soul-stirring beats 🎸, and incredible talent. 🎟️ Ready for the groove?

Thoko

Thoko hails from Gqeberha and has etched her mark as a remarkable singer-songwriter and voiceover artist. 

Her musical roots trace back to school choirs and theater performances. With “All in the way” marking her recording debut on Point 5’s album, she soon catapulted to lead vocalist for the award-winning band, Clique Claq. 

Their accolades include triumphing in the Mandela Bay Talent Search and performing alongside the iconic Stimela and Hugh Masekela. 

Don’t miss Thoko on stage at the Richmond Hill Street Music Festival

Upfront

Gqeberha’s fresh jazz sensation, Upfront, was born out of a passion for jazz and a serendipitous fusion of talents. 

Upfront is made up of 🎸 Brad – the lead guitarist and vocalist, who brings a blend of folk and jazz inspired by the likes of James Taylor and Jose Feliciano. 🎹 Terrence – The maestro on the keyboards. 🎤 Asher – A recent addition to the team, this young vocalist adds a new flavor to the band’s diverse repertoire. 🥁 Alastair – On drums and vocals 🎸 Philippe – A multifaceted French artist, adding depth on bass guitar, vocals, and harmonica.

 Upfront is here to redefine Jazz in Gqeberha!

Marc Anthony

Meet Marc Anthony, the busker whose voice has become an iconic soundtrack on the streets of GQ. 

While you might recognize his tunes from popular spots around town, the Richmond Hill Street Music Festival offers a unique chance to witness his magic up close. 

As he serenades the crowd while busking, remember that every coin dropped in gratitude helps fuel his musical passion. 🎤🎶

Masifunde Youth Choir