List of South African Upcoming and Popular Music Artists

Table of Contents

A

  • African Children’s Choir
  • Afrotraction
  • AKA, hip-hop artist and record producer
  • Akustika Chamber Singers, chamber choir from Pretoria
  • aKing, South African acoustic rock band
  • Amanda Black, Multi-award winning and platinum-selling Afro-soul singer-songwriter
  • Amampondo, award-winning traditional Xhosa percussion group from Cape Town
  • Andile Kamajola
  • Anatii (born 1993), hip-hop artist and record producer
  • A-Reece (born 1997), hip-hop artist and lyricist
  • Leigh Ashton (born 1956), singer-songwriter from Johannesburg
  • Assagai, Afro-rock band
  • The Awakening, gothic rock

B

  • Babes Wodumo, gqom musician
  • Ballyhoo, 1980s pop band best known for the hit “Man on the Moon”
  • The Bang
  • Leonel Bastos (born 1956), Mozambiquan adult contemporary musician and producer working in South Africa
  • Battery 9
  • Betusile Mcinga
  • BlackByrd
  • Benjamin Dube
  • Black Coffee
  • Busiswa, house musician
  • Bucy Radebe
  • BLK JKS
  • Elvis Blue, musician and songwriter
  • Boo!
  • Bles Bridges (1947–2000), singer
  • Stef Bos
  • Cristina Boshoff
  • Jonathan Butler, singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • The Brother Moves On
  • Brasse Vannie Kaap
  • Bright Blue, 1980s pop band, best known for the hit song “Weeping”
  • Buckfever Underground
  • Beatenberg
  • Bongo Maffin, kwaito music group
  • Boom Shaka
  • Bucie (born 1987), R&B and soul singer
  • Guy Buttery

C

  • Adrienne Camp, singer-songwriter
  • Captain Stu, ska, funk, punk, and soul fusion band
  • Arno Carstens, former lead singer of Springbok Nude Girls
  • Cassette
  • Cassper Nyovest, rapper and record producer
  • Tony Cedras (born 1952), musician
  • Chad, (born 1993), rapper
  • Yvonne Chaka Chaka, singer
  • Chris Chameleon, solo artist, lead singer and bass guitarist for Boo
  • Blondie Chaplin, singer and guitarist
  • Don Clarke, (Born 1955) Singer-songwriter
  • Jesse Clegg (born 1988)
  • Johnny Clegg (born 1953)
  • Clout, 1970s rock group
  • Basil Coetzee (1944–1998), saxophonist
  • Mimi Coertse (born 1932), musician
  • Tony Cox (born 1954), guitarist
  • Crashcarburn
  • Crossingpoint, Christian progressive hardcore band
  • Cutting Jade
  • Civil Twilight
  • Crow Black Sky

D

  • Da L.E.S (born 1985), hip-hop artist
  • Simphiwe Dana (born 1980)
  • Danny K (Daniel Koppel), R&B singer-songwriter
  • Kurt Darren, singer
  • Pierre de Charmoy
  • Steven De Groote (1953–1989), classical pianist and winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
  • Fanie de Jager (born 1949), operatic tenor
  • Die Antwoord
  • Die Heuwels Fantasties
  • Bonginkosi Dlamini (born 1977), poet, actor and singer, also known as Zola
  • Dollar Brand (born 1934)
  • Donald, singer
  • Dorp
  • Downfall
  • Dumi Mkokstad
  • Dr Victor and the Rasta Rebels, reggae
  • Dr Tumi
  • Dreamteam, hip-hop group from Durban
  • Jabulani Dubazana, singer, Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  • Lucky Dube (1964–2007)
  • Duck and Cover, hard rock band
  • Ampie du Preez, singer and guitarist
  • Johnny Dyani (1945–1986), jazz double bassist

E

  • Dennis East, singer
  • Shane Eagle (b. 1996), hip-hop artist
  • Alton Edwards, singer
  • Eden, pop band
  • Elaine, singer and songwriter
  • Endorphine
  • Emtee (b. 1992), hip-hop artist
  • Dawid Engela (1931–1967), composer and musicologist
  • éVoid, 1980s new wave
  • Erica Eloff, soprano
  • Early B (b. 1991) ,hip hop artist

F

  • The Fake Leather Blues Band
  • Falling Mirror
  • Brenda Fassie (1964–2004)
  • Ricky Fataar (born 1952), drummer
  • Duncan Faure, singer-songwriter formerly with the band Rabbitt
  • Mongezi Feza (1945–1975), trumpet player and flautist
  • Anton Fig, drummer
  • Josh Fix
  • Fokofpolisiekar, Afrikaans rock band
  • Foto na Dans, Afrikaans rock band
  • Four Jacks and a Jill
  • Johnny Fourie (1937–2007), jazz guitarist
  • Freshlyground
  • Fuzigish
  • Fifi Cooper

G

  • Hotep Idris Galeta (born 1941), jazz pianist
  • Goldfish
  • Anton Goosen (born 1946), singer
  • Die Grafsteensangers
  • Goodluck

H

  • Half Price (band)
  • Paul Hanmer, composer, pianist, and jazz musician
  • The Helicopters
  • Ken E Henson (born 1947), musician
  • Henry Ate
  • Sonja Herholdt
  • Hog Hoggidy Hog
  • Steve Hofmeyr (born 1964), singer and actor
  • Die Heuwels Fantasties

I

  • Abdullah Ibrahim (born 1934)
  • iFANi
  • Isochronous

J

  • Jabu Khanyile (1957–2006)
  • Jack Parow
  • Robbie Jansen (1949–2010)
  • Jeremy Loops (born 1986), modern folk, singer
  • Jesse Jordan Band
  • Theuns Jordaan (born 1971), singer and songwriter
  • Claire Johnston (born 1967), lead singer of Mango Groove
  • Trevor Jones (born 1949), composer
  • Armand Joubert
  • Joy, a vocal group
  • Joyous Celebration
  • John Edmond (born 1936), singer
  • John Ireland (born 1954), singer and songwriter
  • Julian Bahula, jazz drummer*Juluka
  • Just Jinjer (previously Just Jinger)
  • JR, rapper
  • Junkyard Lipstick
  • L-Tido (born 1982), hip-hop artist, aka 16V

K

  • Kabelo Mabalane (born 1976), kwaito artist, former member of TKZee
  • Kalahari Surfers
  • Wouter Kellerman, South African flautist
  • Johannes Kerkorrel (1960–2002)
  • Sibongile Khumalo (born 1957), singer
  • KOBUS!
  • Koos Kombuis (born 1954)
  • John Kongos (born 1945)
  • Kongos
  • Gé Korsten (1927–1999)
  • David Kramer (born 1951)
  • Kwesta, hip-hop artist and poet
  • K.O, hip-hop artist and record producer

L

  • Felix Laband, electronic musician
  • Riku Lätti, songwriter, composer, music producer
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo (born 1960), isicathamiya group
  • Don Laka, jazz musician, pianist, producer
  • Robert Lange (born 1948), music producer
  • Lani Groves
  • Lark
  • Jack Lerole (c.1940–2003), tin whistle player; singer
  • Solomon Linda, songwriter
  • Lira
  • Locnville
  • Roger Lucey, singer and guitarist
  • Lucky Dube, singer and keyboard player

M

  • Mark Haze, Rock singer
  • Sipho Mabuse (born 1951), singer
  • Arthur Mafokate, kwaito singer and composer
  • Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens, a mbaqanga band
  • Vusi Mahlasela (born 1965)
  • Makgona Tsohle Band (1964–1999), a mbaqanga instrumental band
  • Bongi Makeba (1950–1985), singer-songwriter
  • Miriam Makeba (1932–2008)
  • Malaika (group)
  • Petronel Malan (1974–), concert pianist
  • Man As Machine
  • Mandoza (born 1978), kwaito singer
  • Mango Groove
  • Mildred Mangxola (born 1944), singer in Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens and member of the Mahotella Queens
  • Manfred Mann
  • MarcAlex, group known for the hit “Quick Quick”
  • Josef Marais (1905–1978)
  • Martin PK
  • Hugh Masekela (born 1939)
  • Dorothy Masuka (born 1935), jazz singer
  • Neels Mattheus (1935-2003), traditional musician
  • Dave Matthews (born 1967), lead singer and founding member of Dave Matthews Band
  • Irene Mawela (born 1940), veteran singer and composer
  • Illana May
  • Abednego Mazibuko, singer with Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  • Albert Mazibuko (born 1948), singer with Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  • Thandiswa Mazwai (born 1976)
  • Chris McGregor (1936–1990), jazz pianist and composer
  • Busi Mhlongo (1947–2010), singer, dancer and composer
  • Mind Assault
  • Moreira Chonguica (born 1077), jazz saxophonist and producer
  • Kippie Moeketsi (1925–1983), saxophonist
  • Pops Mohamed (born 1949), jazz musician
  • Louis Moholo (born 1940), drummer
  • Matthew Mole
  • Lebo Morake (aka Lebo M)
  • Shaun Morgan (born 1980), singer also known as Shaun Morgan Welgemoed
  • Jean Morrison
  • Mshengu White Mambazo (1976–2003), junior choir of Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  • Russel Mthembu, singer with Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  • Moozlie (born 1992), hip-hop artist and television presenter
  • Muzi (born 1991), electronic musician

N

  • Nádine (born 1982), singer-songwriter
  • The Narrow
  • Nasty C (born 1997), hip-hop artist and record producer
  • Bongani Ndodana-Breen, composer
  • Jim Neversink, alternative country singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • New Academics
  • Steve Newman
  • Bernoldus Niemand (1959–1995)
  • Simon “Mahlathini” Nkabinde (1937–1999), Mbaqanga singer
  • West Nkosi (1940–1998), mbaqanga musician
  • No Friends of Harry
  • Nobesuthu Mbadu (born 1945), singer in Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens and member of the Mahotella Queens
  • Siphiwo Ntshebe (1974–2010), operatic tenor from New Brighton, Port Elizabeth
  • Ashton Nyte, solo artist as well as lead singer and producer of The Awakening
  • Thys Nywerheid
  • Nadia Nakai (born 1990), hip-hop artist

O

  • Sarah Oates, violinist and associate leader Philharmonia orchestra
  • Wendy Oldfield, rock singer-songwriter
  • Oskido, record producer and songwriter

P

  • Jack Parow, hip-hop artist
  • The Parlotones
  • Al Paton, singer-songwriter, producer, and percussionist
  • Peter Toussaint
  • Petit Cheval
  • James Phillips, singer-songwriter also known as Bernoldus Niemand
  • Anke Pietrangeli (born 1982), winner of the second series of Idols
  • Dizu Plaatjies, founder and former lead singer of Amampondo
  • Plush
  • PJ Powers (born 1960)
  • Prime Circle
  • Professor (born 1978), Kwaito musician
  • Dudu Pukwana (1938–1990), saxophonist, pianist, and composer
  • Purified, Christian hip-hop artist
  • Patricia Majalisa, bubblegum artist

Q

  • Qkumba Zoo

R

  • Rabbitt
  • Trevor Rabin (born 1954), musician
  • Dolly Rathebe (1928–2004)
  • Laurika Rauch, Afrikaans singer
  • Riddare av Koden
  • Surendran Reddy (1962–2010) pianist and composer
  • Riky Rick (born 1987), hip-hop artist and record producer
  • Robin Auld
  • Ray Phiri (1947-2017), Jazz, jazz fusion, reggae and mbaqanga musician

S

  • Sandy B
  • Savuka
  • Robert Schneider of The Apples in Stereo
  • Leon Schuster
  • Seether, formerly called Saron Gas
  • Gerard Sekoto (1913–1993)
  • Judith Sephuma
  • Jockey Shabalala (1943–2006), singer with Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  • Joseph Shabalala (born 1941), lead singer and founder of Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  • Msizi Shabalala (born 1975), singer with Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  • Sibongiseni Shabalala (born 1973), singer with Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  • Troye Sivan (born 1995), South African-born
  • Thamsanqa Shabalala (born 1977), singer with Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  • Thulani Shabalala (born 1968), singer with Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  • Shane Eagle (born 1996), hip-hop artist and lyricist
  • Shiraz, band active between 1984 – 1984
  • Margaret Singana (1938–2000)
  • Robert Sithole, pennywhistle player
  • Skylight (band)
  • Kyla-Rose Smith (born 1982), violinist and dancer
  • Sonja Herholdt
  • Enoch Sontonga, teacher, lay-preacher and composer who wrote “Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika”
  • South African National Youth Orchestra
  • Springbok Nude Girls
  • Zanne Stapelberg (born 1977), opera soprano
  • Dale Stewart (born 1979)
  • Sterling EQ
  • Stimela band formed in 1982
  • Straatligkinders
  • Spirit of Praise
  • Sugardrive
  • Valiant Swart
  • Okmalumkoolkat (born 1983), hip-hop artist

T

  • Takie Ndou
  • Tananas
  • Taxi Violence
  • Peta Teanet, singer
  • TKZee, kwaito group
  • Hilda Tloubatla (born 1942), lead singer of Mahotella Queens, and singer in Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens
  • Tokollo Tshabalala, kwaito singer also known as Magesh
  • Peter Toussaint, singer-songwriter and guitar player
  • Toya Delazy, pop singer and pianist
  • Tribe after Tribe
  • Tuks, hip-hop artist
  • Tumi and the Volume
  • Tweak

U

  • Uhuru— Kwaito and afropop music group
  • Urban Creep
  • Unathi

V

  • Bobby van Jaarsveld (born 1987), singer-songwriter and actor
  • Bok van Blerk (born 1978)
  • Jason van Wyk (born 1990), musician, composer
  • Van Coke Kartel
  • Amor Vittone (born 1972)
  • Valiant Swart (born 1965)

W

  • Watershed
  • Wargrave
  • Shaun Welgemoed (born 1978)
  • Heinz Winckler (born 1978), singer who won the first series of Idols
  • Winston’s Jive Mixup
  • Wonderboom
  • Markus Wormstorm, electronic musician and composer

Y

  • Pretty Yende (born 1985), operatic soprano from Piet Retief, Mpumalanga
  • YoungstaCPT (born 1991), rapper and songwriter

Z

  • Zahara, singer-songwriter and poet
  • Zebra & Giraffe
  • Karen Zoid (born 1978)
  • Zola (born 1977)
  • Zonke (born 1979)

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