Producers
DJ Essential-I
Mr. Funk Daddy (South Africa)
Infinite Boys (South Africa)
Blaq Soul (South Africa)
Mr. SoulJunky
Nkokhi (Mlungisi Mlangeni)
Culoe De Song
Black Coffee
DJ Fresca
Gabriel Le Mar
Tribal Boskay
Top Shayela

DJ Essential-I

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Essential-I, real name Itumeleng Riba is a house dj / producer / remixer from Pretoria where he was born and raised. His musical journey started from childhood as he grew up in a musical background. His first hands on experience was in 1999 when he used to accompany his uncle to community parties, weddings and other functions where he would help with sound equipment connections and monitoring. Through that he gained some knowledge on how to handle the sound equipment and the kind of music to play at different functions. In 2001, He got his first chance to play on turntables at a friend's place where he learned the skill and technique of mixing / blending music and also track selection. From then on he started collecting his own vinyl records and started playing in some of the hottest parties around his home town. It was not long till his name started being on people's lips.

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Mr. Funk Daddy (South Africa)

Sisa Sopazi aka Mr. Funk Daddy was born in the early eighties and currently doing remarkably well in the South African Music industry, Mr. Funk started his career in music in 1999 as he joined the Natal Technikon Music Department where he was majoring in performance as a drummer and in subjects like Harmony, Arranging, Production etc. He then moved up to Joburg in 2003 after he'd finished his music diploma to play with the likes of Thandiswa Mazwai, MXO, Jonas Gwangwa, Aya Mpama and the list goes on. In 2008 he felt in love with House Music and entered into music production as his newly found career. Since then his name appeared on a couple of productions for artists such as Pumeza, Emza, Thandiswa Mazwai, Funky Soul, Loction Jams and so on. He co-owns a record label "Itay'ma Le Funk Multimedia" with SoulJunky and their first project "Funky Soul Vol 1" has made waves on AFROdesiaMP3.com with follow-up singles and remixes that top the charts on the site. He is truly a man to watch in 2010 and beyond as he keeps on brewing hot numbers for you.

Infinite Boys (South Africa)

altDuo brothers Raphael Thulani Antony Sandile Mabaso were born in 1987 &1988 and grew up in a small village in Daveyton, Eastern side of Johannesburg, South Africa. Life wasn't easy but they did their best to make sure that they would succeed in life. In 2005 they completed their schooling and decided to further their studies in music. They completed a music course in 2007 at the Academy of Sound Engineering with flying colors which made them realize that music was in their blood as they never thought they would learn so quickly.

They have been gaining a strong foothold in the music industry being recognized around the globe as one of the best production team in the Afro Tribal House genre, a feat that is not easily duplicated given the short time within which they have achieved this. Thus far they have work with some of the most prolific producers in South Africa including the likes of Mbuso, Ganyani, Jerah and DJ Colastraw. Internationally they've worked with Beppe Gioia from Italy. They've remixed tracks such as “Uzongilinda” for DJ Qness, “Die, Cry & Kill” by Jerah feat Thantaswa. Some of their tracks have featured heavily on radio shows such as the Oskido dance show on YFM, the Urban Beat on Metro FM, Qh radio in Amsterdam and Web radio shows from Paris.

They The Duo brothers always make sure that people are anxious about the music they make and will never stop doing what they are good at ……… making people dance!!!!

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Blaq Soul (South Africa)

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Deep, Afro Deep, Soulful and Tribal House music producer Nkanyiso Mhlongo “Blaq Soul” is from Durban “KwaNdengezi”, South Africa. The choice of his artist name he describes as: “Blaq Soul symbolizes my inside thoughts, believes, culture and me as a human being. I’m African, I’m Blaq and everything I am is Blaq, even my music is a symbol, it’s deep and African. This is why I like using African Elements in my music. At the age of 14 I first listened to house music and in 2005 with a little help from my friends my understanding grew and it became clear that I had to learn how to produce music. It was when I met with people who had more knowledge on the production of House music that I learned the INS & OUTS of how to make it. That’s when I decided to keep my music simple, deep, soulful and African.”

Blaq Soul is currently working with MELT2000 & AFROdesiaMP3.com on remixing Busi Mhlongo’s works and has also done remixes for South African & International artists like Pex Africa, DJ Bullet (Sizonqoba, Imagen), Soule Villain (Soule Seekers, Afro Royal), Oskido (Fly Away) and Kubu (Wa Africa).

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Mr. SoulJunky

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Sifiso Shabalala aka Mr. SoulJunky realized his love for music production back in 2000 when he enrolled for a Sound Engineering Diploma. After completion he worked as an intern for different production houses. Working as an assistant engineer for Robbie Malinga and Mjakes was a highlight for him. In 2006 he worked with Demor from Shana as an in-house sound engineer for Demor Music and as sound engineer when on tour. Demor Music is where he found his love for music productions as a mixing engineer for different artists and labels. His biggest work was with Bucie as a recording engineer and one of the songwriters on her album.

Since then he established Itay'ma Le Funk Multimedia with Mr Funk Daddy and released their debut album entitled "Funky Soul Vol 1". They moved on to release a series of singles on AFROdesiaMP3.com and produced a variety of remixes for local and international labels and artists like “Webaba” by Busi Mhlongo, “I Love It” by Joe Dipadova, “The Plan” by Mr Funk with loads more in the pipeline - becoming one of South Africa’s top remixers to watch out for.

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Nkokhi (Mlungisi Mlangeni)

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Nkokhi was born to make music. Sounds excite him, rhythms drive him and beats make him whole. It was as a Sound Engineer and Producer that Cupid's arrow, dipped in glorious house, turned a past-time into a life-long goal ­ to make music that the world has never heard. It was then that he realised that all he wanted was to entertain and use his God-given talents to share his side of the story.

Born in Bergville, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, nkokhi says that his career really began with the help of a little technology. In 2001 he fell head-first into the internet and consumed ever bit of information he could get his eyes on - about the music business and how to lavish beats on the world. It was during these years of intellectual hunger that he also began his studies towards a national diploma in accounting at Natal Technikon.
Even then, nkokhi was planning. He knew with these skills, it wouldn't be long till be would need to run his own business.

2003 brought him to Joburg with sights on furthering his studies. By 2006 he has found a job working as a Sound Engineer. And so the love-affair with music began. He worked tirelessly producing demos, recording and mixing deep into the night. Later that year, while focusing on the art of ing, he was offered a post as a Music Production Tutor at Spinout Studios situated in the creative and economic hub of Rosebank.

Always one to explore new horizons, in 2007 nkokhi added another feather to his creative hat with a job at a multimedia company as a Web Designer and Developer. Blazing cyberspace during the day; turning the beats on their head all night. During this time he also set up and started running Dojob, a and producer network.

nkokhi has collaborated with local and international artists, producers and vocalists.

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Culoe De Song

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Real name / Culolethu Zulu
Culoe's serious music career began in early 2007 where he produced a piece that made him a feature in Black Coffee's second offering, "Have Another One". The track was named "100 Zulu Warriors" & carries a fundamental importance for Culoe De Song as he regards it as 'his beginning' in the circle of music in South Africa.

Comes the year 2008, he produced a number of projects that gained him international recognition and performed alongside international acts such as Rocco, Manoo, Black Coffee, Vinny Da Vinci... This was after his performance as Dj was noted by the likes of Dj Christos, one of South Africa's pioneers in the dance music scene.

He then joins Soulistic Music, a label founded by Black Coffee and till this moment it's been a great adventure for Culoe De Song as a member of this family. Tracks such as "Dwellers of the Jungle", "Inspiration", "100 Zulu Warriors (Remix)" made compilation releases in South Africa.

Culoe De Song also achieved a great involvement with the Red Bull Music Academy after being selected to be one of the worldwide participants to attend the Academy in Barcelona, Spain in 2008. During that time Culoe De Song performed in places such as Club Macarena & Fellini in Barcelona.

In the current year 2009, Culoe De Song signed under Germany's Innervisions, a family of acts such as Dixon, Ame, Henrik Schwarz releasing tracks such as "The Bright Forest", "Super Afro" & "African Subway". Also, he is now working on a number of projects as part of his emerging international introduction, including the Reggie Dokes "Let Me Go" EP released on Boddhi Satva's Offering Recordings, Belgium.

Culoe De Song is working towards making a number of world appearances & portraying the best image of what lies in the inside his heart. He is also due to perform in the 2009 Sonar Festival taking place in Barcelona, Spain.

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Black Coffee

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Black Coffee, who is one-part member of the unfashionable urban soul trio Shana, is one of the few Club DJs in the country who genuinely understands the precise function of a music deejay: he does not simply re-mix songs; he re-interprets their previously unimagined musical possibilities and therefore quietly reclaims the composition as his own. When he debuted with his interpretation of Hugh Masekela's rambunctious jazz hit Stimela (2005 original South African release; 2008 UK release), subsequently to be the lead single off the self-titled 12-track debut album, by re-featuring the old musician to guest vocal anew Black Coffee simply demonstrated how it was possible to re-work the South African canon music vault into club music, acceptable to both the youth and the adults, a feat not easily achievable in the instant festive hit-obsessed market that is South Africa: it requires a decidedly original-inclined, singular mind such as that of Black Coffee to be able to pursue an original music trajectory.

Durban-born Nkosinathi Maphumulo has been on the music scene for over a decade but only got his break a few years ago. Nkosinathi, otherwise known as Black Coffee, is popular for his smash hit remixes, most of which have dominated the airwaves in the past couple of years. He studied music in Durban because he felt that as a producer, he had to deepen his overall musical knowledge, develop his listening skills and advance his knowledge of music theory. When asked who helped him achieve his goals, he said "I have Massive Respect for Christos and Oskido for taking me around and giving me slots on their gigs". 2003 saw Black Coffee starting to put his first project together.

He revealed that his first album was created using very basic music-making software. "I don't know how to explain the production stages of my album because all I did was put down the basic ideas that I had, I didn't use any MIDI controllers everything was played with a Computer Mouse. He added that the use of live instruments in a song is also very important, giving a track that final magic touch and bringing it to life. Black Coffee is proof that if you have real skill when it comes to producing, it won't take much for you to achieve your goals. After all he's managed to penetrate the music industry with only a desktop computer, some music-making software and a lot of passion. His first big break was when his song "Happiness" was featured on the DJs at Work album. In 2006 he enjoyed international exposure when his song ŒMusic' got signed in New York and was released by Keith Thompson on the album, ŒWorlds Collide'. He was chosen as one of two South African participants in the Red Bull Music Academy in 2003(www.redbullmusicacademy.com) which jump-started him into the South African DJ scene. He released Two EP's with London's Label Kronologik (www.kronologik.com), which was out on Vinyl in the UK Records Shops and was also played in some Radio Stations Abroad. He then released two tracks with Real Tone Records in Paris featuring the Record "Even Though" now this introduce him to the World as this Record was released in Globally and on Established House Music Websites. In January 2009 he released a Single "Turn Me On" with a German Label "GOGO Music", with Remixes by Ralf Gum, this Single became Number One on www.traxsource.com for Two Weeks. Black Coffee started a Label in South Africa www.soulisticmusic.com with Artist Like "Tumelo" who's featured on Franck Roger's Free Fall and "Culoe de Song" (who's taking the World by Storm) signed on this Label. He has featured since at various clubs locally and Internationally like Taboo(SA),Cafe de Flore(Swaziland),Djoon(Paris), Scala(London)Ambassador(Lyon), Café Mugambo (Swaziland's New Year's Eve Parties)2008&2009 Miami Winter Festival,2008 & 2009 Ultra Music Festival(Miami),Sutra (Cape Town),In Namibia, Botswana, Barcelona, Lesotho, Cannes, Stratford, Birmingham and recently New York to mention a few. However, Black Coffee's talent has taken him over the lines into the scene making him a DJ and a producer that has put together two Albums. The 1st CD was released end of September 2005 and since then it has been rocking the SA dance floors and the World. He scooped a SAMA Award for best dance album. He is currently nominated for the 2009 SAMA for Record of the Year.

 

DJ Fresca

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Mondli Mashinini aka DJ Fresca has been dj'ing for 15 years and producing for the past 5 years. By all means, he is a pro at what he does. He is high on the list of any good party organiser. He has a vibrant and unique style of playing and fuses Minimal, Soul, Deep and vocal House that drives people crazy. Scores and scores of crowds have been rocked by him at clubs and venues like Rock N Roll, Club Arena, Electric Workshop, Zambezi Lounge, Sky Bar, etc.

DJ Fresca is and has been playing with top DJ's from South Africa and around the world. Fellow DJ's like Oskido, Vinny Da Vinci, DJ Christos, DJ Monde, DJ Mbuso, Glen Lewis, have nothing but the best things to say about him. He's played with international DJ's like Paul Johnson and DJ Skip, Hendrik Schwartz, Ame and Heather (of Black Ledgents). He's had recording sessions with DJ Jayson.

He is a regular feature at the Soweto Beach Party, went on tour with Miller Genuine Draft, went on tour from Cape to Cairo, literally. He's played in Cape Town, Durban, Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana and all the way to Egypt.

He is also on tour with Savanna on the Savanna Lemon Revolution & Savanna Exclusive Picnic. He is playing alongside the likes of DJ Monde, Mac G, C-Live, Zan D, 2lly and Linda The Great.

In the spirit of "Ubuntu", he has also been involved in the National Tour Campaign for the Society for Family Health on a drive to raise awareness and educate people about HIV/AIDS. His passion to help also extended his career and scope as he is a full time DJ Course Lecturer at the Soul Candi Institute of Music in Springfield, Johannesburg. All this is testimony to his talent and due to his extensive knowledge and experience. He loves to share his love, passion and knowledge with up-and-coming dj's and producers.

Not only is Fresca a DJ but you could call him a historian as well. He made history by becoming the very first student to enroll at the Soul Candi Institute of Music in January 2003. Subsequent to that he was then recruited by Soul Candi to become the music production lecturer and then DJ lecturer. He has been at Soul Candi since 2004.

Background;

Mondli was born and raised in Dobsonville, Soweto, the most famous township in the world. He first noticed his love of music at the tender age of ten.

His father had a vast collection of Jazz LP's(as they were then known), and it cemented his love of music. His brother also added onto the library of vinyls and contributed a lot of tapes to the collection.

At age 12, the young Fresca started to grow his own collection of tapes and vinyls. By 14, he had started to go to parties and loved the atmosphere of joy and happiness. He started to play at parties organized by his peers with the collection of tapes he had.

Back then, people like the Pet Shop Boys, Inner City, Masters at Work, Ten City, Frankie Knuckles, Alexander O'Neill were very popular and thus Fresca loved and played their music. Seeing the legendary Soweto DJ, DJ Ganyani perform was awe inspiring for the young man.

It was the first time he had seen the full potential of what can be done on vinyl. It is then that he decided that he wants to become a DJ. DJ Errol was also one of the young Fresca's heroes. Though he was still up and coming then, DJ Mbuso was also an inspiration.

Fresca learned how to mix on vinyl and began looking for gigs. At age 16 he was employed at the then Soweto Community Radio Station, now known as Jozi FM.
He was responsible for compiling music, maintaining and growing the library, and some production work. He spent a total of two years at the radio station before blowing up to be the big brand that he is today.

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Gabriel Le Mar

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Gabriel Le Mar is one of the high profile musicproducers and lives and works in Frankfurt/Germany. He is bringing together different musical styles such as Dub, Techno and electronic leftfield music, which you can hear in his productions. Gabriel was born in Germany, the son of Greek parents, and grew up in Berlin.

Around 1984, he gets his first stage experience as a professional club dj and bassman of a band experimenting with electronic sounds. In 1987, Gabriel studied at the HdK, Berlin (University of Fine Arts) and got a diploma in Society and Economy Communication. Then he worked as an Art-Director in advertising agencies but could never quit producing music and soon he produced soundtrax for commercials still today.

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Tribal Boskay

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Tribal Boskay was first introduced to a technique of producing music by a friend as he has always been having passion to do music. His friend, Shaka, mentored him throughout the journey until the time he was ready to work on his own. He is now an up and coming producer/remixer temporarily based in Cape Town (SA). He was born and raised in Moruleng village (Rustenburg) in the North West province. He is studying Chemical engineering in one of the South African University (UCT) but even so music has been part of his life from an early age. He started to be involved in music production in 2010 after being inspired by some of the South African producers. The first track that he made was a remix of the late Busi Mhlongo “Oxamu”. It has been a tough journey for this young man but he expects to carry on working on other projects as well. The type of music he produces has African elements in it; it is afro deep (tribal).South African music industry is strongly growing and Tribal Boskay is happy to be part of the music evolution of his country.

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Top Shayela

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Top Shayela ("the very last number, funk producer") grew up in Emqanduli, near Coffe Bay in the late seventies, and raised by his grandma Dolly until he was nine. He has fond memories of listening to Curtis Mayfield’s "So in love" everyday from school on the radio, then on certain days the traditional healers who had an agreement with his grandma to hold their ceremonies would come and that would mean stomping and drumming all night for the two boys - him and his brother Ludwe.
 
He started writing original music from the age of 12 in 1985 but when the time came to choose a career, Top shayela went to fashion school at technikon Natal as he felt God had given him music naturally and felt the need to develop other artistic abilities. After three years at the fashion school and one and a half year as a junior designer at Sterling clothing, it was back to music full time for this funkster, and part time as a designer. He started experimenting with production in 1996 and by 1998-99 he had found his production style. Hip Hop with a lot of horn arrangements, a lot of funk synths and complex drum arrangements.

Him and his boys produced an E.P titled "Yours truli" in 2000 which got them their first air play on Y F.M. In 2003 he started exploring his rap abilities through his mother tongue Xhosa (Madiba's tongue) - in an album titled "Buffalo City". In 2005 he produced another album with his boys for an artist called Camagu and titled "Uhambo" which was nominated for a S.A.M.A in 2006. The same year, 2005, he produced an album named "touch is a move" which got the attention of Robert Trunz. In 2006 he was invited to represent South Africa at the Red Bull music academy in Australia (Melbourne). He is currently working on a 12 track remix album for Melt and he feels his career is just beginning.
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