Dr Victor & the Rasta Rebels

Dr Victor & the Rasta Rebels

Based: Johannesburg. 

For over 20 years, Victor Khojane, or Dr Victor as he is more affectionately known, has been crafting and creating an uplifting, up-tempo sound that has earned this singer, musician, songwriter and producer an enviable reputation on the South African music scene and many devoted fans all over the world.

Indeed, Dr. Victor has enjoyed a fabulous career. Together with his group, The Rasta Rebels, he is one of the busiest live musicians, doing a range of events and has performed from dorp to dorp, club to club, festival to festival and corporate to corporate.

It’s all a long – but very satisfying – way from Dr. Victor’s roots in Kimberley, South Africa where he first formed a group called CC Beat while still at school.

Influenced by the likes of South African bands such as Blondie and Papa, Harare, Jonathan Butler and American teen sensations The Jackson Five, the group was determined to find success. In 1984, shortly after finishing school, Victor and his friends headed for Johannesburg where they became a popular nightclub band. They have been unstoppable ever since.

Initially, they were a session band called Taxi who did several remakes of hits of their time: one of these being the controversial release of “Give Me Hope, Johanna”. A few more name changes and record label jumps later, Dr Victor and the Rasta Rebels rapidly became a household name, earned themselves a SAMA for One Goal, One Wish in 1994 and ended up performing alongside international acts such as Paul Simon, Tina Turner, Gloria Estefan and Janet Jackson.

Dr Victor has received several more SAMA nominations over the years and was awarded a Gold Achievement disc this year for his album When Somebody Loves You Back.

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Freshlyground

Freshlyground

Based: Cape Town.

Freshlyground formed in early 2002, and is made up of seven talented and diverse musicians from South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

In 2003 Freshlyground launched their debut album, Jika Jika under their own Freeground Records label, the immediate success of which firmly cemented the band as one of South Africa’s most successful young acts.

Freshlyground released their second album Nomvula in July 2004. Nomvula was recorded and produced by JB Arthur and Sibusiso Victor Masondo. The album sparked interest from Sony BMG Africa, who signed the band and released Nomvula in September that year. Radio quickly picked up on the single ‘Doo Be Doo’ and the catchy song went on to become a crossover favorite amongst a diverse spread of stations and their listeners.

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Garth Taylor

Garth Taylor

Based: Johannesburg.

Garth believes that music is a universal language that knows no boundaries. Multi-talented is the word that best describes this adult contemporary artist. Taylor writes his own music and lyrics.
He has co produced his 2009 album Stripped Down Soul’d Out. This album sees Taylor going back to his roots. He will focus on creating music that is true to his soul and reminiscent of his debut single, Why. Why remained at number 1 for five consecutive weeks and is now a classic. “Only With You” was at number 1 on Cape Town charts for six consecutive weeks. Other charted hits include Revolution, Tonite, Everyday and his cover, Islands in the Stream. His music has matured and has also remained true to what fans can expect from him, including overtones of jazz and soul.

Garth has shared the stage with industry greats, both local and international, such as Simply Red, Shaggy, Jonathan Butler and the late Brenda Fassie. Having relocated to Johannesburg from Durban. He has created a first-class band with whom he performs around South Africa and abroad. Garths dedication and experience give him tremendous presence on stage.

Garth Taylor and his band has become one of the most sought after corporate bands with a series of events and themed shows for companies such as Adcock Ingram, Nedbank, Old Mutual, Momentum, South African Breweries and ABI. The band was the featured host band at the hugely successful Birchwood International Football Village in 2010.

Crowds experience a memorable experience at every performance. Passionate and talented, his strong vocal delivery and energetic shows draw crowds wherever he performs.

Garth always finds the time to help raise funds and awareness for foundations that care for abused women and children, and other charities. His latest Album “STRIPPED DOWN AND SOULED OUT “ has just been released through Platinum Records in Bangkok Thailand and he headlined with Freshly Ground, Viva, Nantida at the Thailand International Music Festival He recently debuted his swing show SWING WITH GARTH TAYLOR AND WINNIE KHUMALO at Emperors Palace. He has two high rotation songs of South African Radio- MY GIRL and ISECANE LENGANE and in April 2012 headlined the Chaing Mai Festival, Thailand and in Brisbane and Sydney Australia

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Jesse Clegg

Jesse Clegg

Based: Johannesburg.

Jesse was born in Johannesburg in 1988. By the time he was six months old he was on tour with his father, Johnny Clegg, and between 1988 and 1994 he spent at least 5 months a year on the road. He was a classic road kid and grew up backstage and on tour buses.

Early on, Jesse carved out an independent direction for himself in the rock genre, very different from the world music style developed by his father. He strived to express himself in the most authentic way possible and understood the importance of being able to perform live. He experimented with a number of different instruments – which included saxophone, clarinet, drums and piano – until he settled and focused mainly on guitar. By seventeen, songwriting was his chief musical focus and it was in this period and the years to follow that he honed his writing skills and put together the songs recorded on the first album.

The single Today which was released on radio in mid August 2008 debuted at number one on the Highveld Homebrew Chart, a considerable feat for a debut artist with a debut single and an historical first for Homebrew. The album When I Wake Up is due for national release on 1 October.

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L’loyd Cele

L’loyd Cele

Based: Johannesburg.

Before 2010 L’loyd Cele would never have imagined himself to be one of the South Africa’s most popular artists. Now days though, Lloyd finds himself traveling the country performing at top live events, being nominated for top accolades, involving himself with notable charities, recording songs with top producers, shooting videos and collaborating with leading SA artists.

Long before Idols, Lloyd was always passionate about music. He was the worship director at his church and also a youth leader at Eagles Community Fellowship which equip young people to be effective in their communities. He is a self-taught musician and has learned to play the guitar, keyboard and saxophone.

Lloyd’s musical background has been a huge advantage for him putting together his albums. Lloyd has written and composed around 90% of the songs on the albums, titled ‘One and 2nd album, ‘No Limits’

2012 saw Lloyd receive another nod in the form of a Channel O awards nomination and in 2013 a Metro award nomination as well as 3 SAMA’s nominations for best Pop, best Record and best Collaboration.

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