Tell us more about RISE.
RISE is a record label, event company and a movement. I started RISE with a collective in Berlin, our aim is to showcase quality artists that are from Africa or are influenced by Africa. We have both hosted established and emerging acts like Black Coffee, Henrik Schwarz, Black Motion and Culoe de Song. It’s a movement that’s creating a bridge between Africa and the rest of the world, showcasing interesting African electronic artists from the continent, and any act we believe is worthy or whose sound we like. We believe in releasing our music on vinyl (we are still lovers of the medium and the quality it produces) and digital. We also host events at the legendary Watergate Club, which is our home in Berlin.
What have you got planned for the rest of the year?
I had a great start to 2018 which kicked off with a mini African tour. I got to visit Angola, Mozambique and had some great shows in South Africa. In March, I started my European tour with dates in Milan and Rome in Italy, Paris in France, Berlin and Basel in Germany and in April, I did Israel and Greece as well. I have some exciting shows coming up, I have South America booked for shows and Ibiza dates. I’m also really excited that I’ll be visiting Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda for the first time. Music wise, I have new music already out this year on renowned international record labels, and I’m working on new music for RISE. It’s busy times, but exciting times. I can’t complain.
If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing?
I’d have been involved in a creative field like art, fashion or film. I love creating and expressing my self.
Who are the artists you’re currently listening to?
The artists that I’m enjoying at the moment… hmmm… there are quite a few.
• Kususa, a Durban-based duo. Amazing production. Always play their stuff.
• Petite Noir is a super-talented artist.
• Nonku Phiri is class.
• BCUC – amazing band from Soweto.
• Vicmari is another Durban artist I’m impressed by.
• Jazzuelle – a top producer with an amazing work ethic.
• Super Black Tapes – Fred Buddha and t.Siza (Future Bantu Music).
• Batuk – Aero Manyelo and Spoek Mathambo’s creative collective.
• Deep Aztec is someone to watch out for. A seriously talented young man.
• Enoo Napa, just been signed to Soulistic.
• Gumz – a skilled young producer.
• Sho Madjozi is a Shangaan Rapper. Love her stuff!
Too many to mention, but I’m always on the lookout for emerging SA talent.