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SWING CITY

Swing City was borne of the love of swing music from three of South Africa’s most loved artists. A harmless side comment from one musician to another ended up in a serious discussion about producing a three piece singing group, backed by a full jazz orchestra and band, celebrating their love of jazz, swing and blues, but adding a modern day twist to the genre.

Swing City consists of Lonehill Estate’s Nathan Ro, whose love for swing music has always engrossed the pop/ rock singer’s iPod; Graeme Watkins, whose background in music and theatre started as a swing singer long before his success on Idols or in his indie rock band “The Graeme Watkins Project”; and Loyiso Bala, whose classically trained background in music saw the singer as part of the TKZee crew, the Bala Brothers in classical song and in the pop world in his own successful career.

The three singers, already friends, jokingly commented what fun it would be to start a swing band. It would be years later, that they took the idea seriously, got into a rehearsal space with their friends from Figure of 8 productions and Swing City was born!

 

XOXO

Formally known as ‘The Shoowop Shop’ Mariechan, Tamara Dey and newest member Mikhale Jones bring you a brand new, revamped and rebranded performance as the sexy and sultry girl act XOXO. “There was such demand for us to perform styles of music beyond our Shoowop and Doowop style that we often found ourselves mixing it up and performing a variety of music from different periods and genres for our clients. 

We’ve chosen to rebrand ourselves as XOXO because it speaks more to our pop sensibility, versatility and eclectic repertoire and performance style as a corporate act.

This reinvention has also opened us up to a much wider audience and has given us the freedom to simply be ourselves up there, the three sexy Urban Pop Diva’s you know and love.” XOXO perform either a dinner set, a party set or both, offering tailer made performances in the theme of any musical style or genre our clients might request.

PAXTON FIELIES

Paxton Fielies, the young 17 year old from Bishops Lavis in Cape Town, captured the hearts of Idols viewers across South Africa. This determined young songstress exceeded fans expectations, when she went on to grasp the title, hailing her as South Africa’s Youngest Winner of Idols South Africa.

However, don’t try box this sassy young businesswoman into your general “She will fade away when the next winner comes along” sentiment. Her fierce passion for her music and craft was shown when she insisted on writing her own album. She has surrounded herself with top musicians in the industry to formulate a tight music team, to assist in getting her music across to the commercial market. Her fans are eagerly awaiting the drop of her debut album, which is expected in June of 2018.

In the interim, Fielies has collaborated with Craig Lucas, on his hit song “Smother”. The song has gone on to dominate charts nationwide in South Africa, after its debut at number 1 on the iTunes Pop Chart.

When it comes to performing, she is superbly versatile, bouncing from a smooth and spine chilling ballad to dancy pop numbers, such as her hit debut single “Demonstrate”. In April 2018, Fielies was invited to Sweden as part of The World Children’s Prize foundation, in plight of raising awareness for Children’s rights globally. She was awarded The title of Ambassador for Queen Silvia’s “You Me: Equal Rights” Campaign.

When working with Paxton, her wisdom exceeds her age, impressing and leaving an impact on every stage she graces.

YANGA

Idols season 14 winner “Yanga” , took South Africa by Storm after winning the counties most loved reality show. Her winning single “Scars” topped charts with a cross over single that enjoyed airplay across the country.

Yanga’s second single “Promised Land” was released on 5th April 2019. The hit single features Grammy Award Winning “Soweto Gospel Choir” and Multiplatinum selling “Amanda Black”. On release, the single reached #1 on digital platforms and trended on Twitter at #2 on Twitter.

The fast growing single inspired the title of Yanga’s much awaited for debut album “Promised Land”. The sound represents a new wave of urban-pop localising global pop with vernacular. Its young and fresh

Yanga has graced the stage on some of the countries hottest festivals, and this dynamic young performer has her eye on the bigger picture, aiming to take over the uplifting pop market with her new album.

Be sure to book her for your next event!

 

SWING CITY

Swing City was borne of the love of swing music from three of South Africa’s most loved artists. A harmless side comment from one musician to another ended up in a serious discussion about producing a three piece singing group, backed by a full jazz orchestra and band, celebrating their love of jazz, swing and blues, but adding a modern day twist to the genre.

Swing City consists of Lonehill Estate’s Nathan Ro, whose love for swing music has always engrossed the pop/ rock singer’s iPod; Graeme Watkins, whose background in music and theatre started as a swing singer long before his success on Idols or in his indie rock band “The Graeme Watkins Project”; and Loyiso Bala, whose classically trained background in music saw the singer as part of the TKZee crew, the Bala Brothers in classical song and in the pop world in his own successful career.

The three singers, already friends, jokingly commented what fun it would be to start a swing band. It would be years later, that they took the idea seriously, got into a rehearsal space with their friends from Figure of 8 productions and Swing City was born!

 

THATO

2018 Idols season Runner-Up, 23 year old Thato Makape, won over the hearts of South Africans, when he auditioned for Season 14 of the hit reality show.
His dedication to craft was evident when he travelled two days, from Postmansburg to Cape Town, to attend the auditions.

From there it was smooth sailing for Makape, as he won over not only the judges, but fans around the country.

Thato is not shy to admit that he feels there were no losers in the competition, and is proud of his personal and professional growth.

His single “Blow by Blow” has taken over the airwaves, and soared up the iTunes and Google play charts. He is currently working on his album which, he explains, has elements of Afro- Soul. Throughout the competition his Live performance shone, and he has continued to give show stopping performances to fans around the country, ever since.

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