MIO Features – Artists

Kwesta Shines In International Awards

Prolific hip hop artist Senzo Mfundo Vilakazi, aka Kwesta, is upping his game this year. The 22-year old Jo’burg rapper has just been named 'The World's Grittiest Rapper' in America's SOHH True Grit Awards, which recognize up-and-coming hip-hop talent across the world.  

Who Is Crazy White Boy?

If you have been paying close attention to the local dance music scene lately, you’ve probably noticed that there is a new sound shaking up the sector. It is the sound of Cape Town duo Crazy White Boy, which they call "Ghetto Tech".  

Lection Joins The Motswako Movement

Lection, a fresh mrepa based in Pretoria, has joined the infamous Motswako movement. Single-handedly, the artist who doubles as a producer has been pushing his name by hosting his own shows, and has toured with HHP during the Wamo Tseba Mtho tour.  

Interview: Jamali

With just three albums released, Jamali has achieved far more than most other local pop acts strive to achieve in their entire careers. A product of the 2003 Popstars competition, Jamali has released numerous hits and become one of the most popular acts in South Africa. The three-girl act has also won numerous awards, performed all over the country and worked with some of the best musicians in the industry, including the Soweto Gospel Choir, Loyiso Bala and Pro.  

R&B Star Pebbles Back With A Bang

One of the most under-rated female vocalists in the country, Pebbles Gqunta is set to release a new album. The exceptionally talented R&B songbird, who last released an album in 2005, will launch her second offering, Phenomenal, next month. Featuring heavyweights such as Zubz, RJ Benjamin and Amu, the 12-track album is tipped to be one of the best musical projects to come out of South Africa in a very long time.  

Interview: Jax Panik

Back in 2008 mysterious pop star Jacobus van Heerden made waves with his debut album, Cigarettes and Cinnamon. Performing behind a mask as Jax Panik, the Cape Town native followed up on his success with a massive promotional campaign that saw him releasing loads of home-made music videos on YouTube. In no time, Jax Panik was a household name and one of the most sought-after pop stars in the country.  

Tips on Applying for the Red Bull Music Academy

To be accepted as a participant for the Red Bull Music Academy you need to fill in the lengthy application document and supply a demo of your music to go with this document. Here are some pointers to consider when filling in this document.  
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