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D.Y.K 13 JANUARY 2021

Focalistic 

  • In 2017, Focalistic started taking music seriously. Before that, he was making music for his fans 
  • His music influences include HHP, Khuli Chana and Spikiri 
  • He used to record music live from his V360 just so he could have the music 
  • His musical journey began when his father gave him an ultimate; to choose between a microphone and soccer boots. He chose the former 
  • His father passed away when he was in grade 9 

 

Mark Ronson 

  • He is best known for his collaborations with Adele, Amy Winehouse, Miley Cyrus, and Lady Gaga 
  • He has received 7 Grammy awards, including Producer of the Year for Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” 
  • His stepfather is British musician Mick Jones 
  • While attending university in New York, Mark became a popular DJ in the Hip Hop scene 
  • In 2015, he became a patron for the Amy Winehouse Foundation which helps disadvantaged youth through music 

 

Miley Cyrus 

  • She is the best selling female artist born in the 1990s 
  • She is the daughter of country music star, Billy Ray Cyrus 
  • She emerged as a teen idol portraying the title star, Hannah Montana on Disney Channel 
  • As an actress, she has made appearances in films such as Bolt and So Undercover 
  • She has also served as a coach on The Voice across two seasons 

 

Major League DJs 

  • Major League DJs is a kwaito/Hip Hop music band consisting of twin brothers, Bandile and Banele Mbere
  • The twins were born in Boston, USA 
  • Their father was a pianist so naturally, music was in their blood 
  • In primary school, the duo used to play the piano 
  • They are famous for being leaders of what is known as ’New Age Kwaito’ 

 

Wizkid 

  • His real name is Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun 
  • He started recording music at the age of 11 and managed to release a collaborative album with a group he had formed with his church mates 
  • In 2016, he received international recognition following his collaboration with `drake on ‘One Dance’ 
  • In March 2o17, he signed a multi-album deal with RCA Records 
  • He is the most decorated artist internationally and one of the most revolutionary artists of Afro-pop in the modern era 

 

Tresor 

  • His name is French for ’Treasure’ 
  • His first language is music but he is also fluent in English, French, and Swahili 
  • Orphaned at a young age, he left `coma in the Eastern DRC for Durban after finishing high school in 2007 
  • In Durban, earned a living by being a car guard by day and security by night 
  • He is an ambassador for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and also a United Refugee Agency ambassador, advocating refugee rights 

 

The Kiffness 

  • They are an electronic act from Cape Town 
  • Their comparison of Adolf Hitler to Julius Male received a lot of mixed responses on social media 
  • The Kiffness makes jazzy, groovy, and uplifting house music and is one of South Africa’s favorite electronic acts 
  • The group was founded by David Scott in 2011 
  • They have received SAMA nominations for Best POP Album and Best Producer 

Ariana Grande 

  • When she was 15, she starred in the Broadway musical 13. 
  • She rose to fame for her role as Cat Valentine in the Nickelodeon series Victorious and Sam & Cat 
  • She says she is vegan and is allergic to cats 
  • According to ABC News, Ariana was sued in 2013 for allegedly copying a lyric for her smash hit, The Way ft Mac Miller. 
  • She showed off her musical impressions on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where she impersonated singers like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera 

 

AKA 

  • He was the first hip hop artist to headline the popular Old Mutual Music at The Lake
  • He loves sandwiches besides being a hitmaker, AKA owns #rd World Designs, a company that specializes in film and video design 
  • His company did the cover art for media personality, Bonang Matheba’s book From A to B: Invest In Your Sparkle 
  • In 2016, he was the first South African artist to have his video reach 1 million views on Youtube in 10 days. 
  • He shares a daughter, Kairo, with DJ Zinhle 

 

Hillzy 

  • The Cape Town-based Zimbabwean-born R&B/trapsoul artist and producer has released covers of popular songs that have amassed serious numbers 
  • He is actually a qualified computer scientist 
  • His song, You Are Enough, encourages women who have been made to feel small
  • He grew up listening to Gospel and admit to having only started listening to R&B and hip-hop in 2008 
  • He taught himself how to make and record beats 

 

Shasha

  • Born: Charmaine Shamiso Mpambiro on 13 July 1994 
  • She gained popularity for her collaborations with South African dance producers such as DJ Maphorisa and Kabza de Small 
  • She came to South Africa in 2017 after she and Audius were introduced to South African producers 
  • In 2019, she released her debut album titled Blossom. 
  • The singer has been recording for over 6 years 

 

Internet Money 

  • Taz Taylor formed the producer collective, Internet Money, with the goal of helping fellow producers succeed 
  • He began creating beats as a way to help pay for his mother’s medical bills after she was diagnosed with cancer. 
  • He sold his first beat for 4250 and decided to pursue production full-time 
  • Taylor and Internet Money host tours where producers can collaborate and work together 
  • As a producer collective, Internet Money has been responsible for 34 singles that have ascended the Billboard Hot 100 

 

Gunna 

  • Best known for his collaborations with Lil Baby and Young Thug 
  • Aside from being a rapper and songwriter, he is also a fashion influencer 
  • He is considered to be The Rebel in the hip hop music industry 
  • He sat front row at the New York Fashion Week and performed at Paris Men’s Week 
  • Growing up in Atlanta, he experienced hardships that ended up involving him in drugs 

 

Yang Chief 

  • In 2017, he participated in the Hall of Fame Tour 
  • He taught himself the production of music videos so that he could help artists represent themselves the way they saw themselves 
  • He used to enter talent shows, was part of a drama club and he played the trumpet in the brass band 
  • Yanga lent his voice to DJ Vigilante’s Sorry Makhe and the iconic Run Jozi chorus 
  • He started rapping in primary school, grade 4


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