Bands

  • The Okavango Delta Music Festival is planning the most amazing line-up for 2019 so watch this space as we start booking bands and announcing them here…

Watershed

Watershed, one of the most successful and well-loved bands ever to come out of South Africa, will be joining us at The Okavango Delta Music Festival from 29th August to 1st September 2019.
This multi-platinum selling band have released 5 studio albums, along with a greatest hits album during their 18 year career, and have received 2 SAMA awards for best pop album. They are also multiple winners of SA's best band award by People Magazine.

Eighteen years after the release of their debut album ‘in the meantime’, Watershed have put together their 6th studio album ‘Harbour'. This South African music success story has had a string of radio singles that way surpasses the years they have been around. 'Indigo girl’, ‘Fine way’ and ‘Letters’ mentioning a few.

The band has toured and had Major success in the big European territories performing alongside some of the biggest names in world music, such as U2, Peter Gabriel, Bob Geldof, The Corrs, The Cranberries.

The musicianship is incredible and the vocals predictably powerful. The song structures are original, and the lyrics are breathtakingly honest. The ballads, true to the form and style of this well-loved band, are meaningful and emotional.

Watershed are proudly brought to The Okavango Delta Music Festival by our kind sponsor: Swamp Stop - Okavango River Camp

Watershed is:
● Craig Hinds – vocals, acoustic guitar, piano
● Howie Combrink – drums, vocals, acoustic guitar, ukulele
● Gideon Botes – electric and acoustic guitars, vocals
● Quintin Askes – bass
● Paul McIver – acoustic guitar, vocals

Having toured both locally and internationally over the years off the back of their smash hits ‘Indigo Girl’ and ‘Letters’ the band have carved an acoustic rock sound that is undeniably Watershed in its uniqueness and crowd pleasing in its boldness. ‘Watch the Rain’, the lyrically intense and groove
filled song off their 5th studio album mesmerized audiences and took them into a space where ending the show is not an option for the band. Watershed throws out hit after hit in their 2-hour performances and never disappoints.

Watch a couple of their videos here…

Watch the Rain

Don’t Give Up

 

Bongeziwe Mabandla

When Bongeziwe Mabandla surfaced with his debut album in 2012 he was hailed as the new face of Afro-Folk, effortlessly able to entwine Xhosa lyrics with traditional music and folk stylings to create something uniquely captivating. In the five years that have passed since the album 'Umlilo’s release, he’s amplified his already considerable gifts, with tours to Australia, Asia and Canada, appearances at several international and national festivals and an invigorated approach to songwriting that’s adding elements of spirituality and forward-looking creativity to his unique musical mix. The result of all of this is Mabandla’s second album – the first through a new deal with Universal Music, entitled Mangaliso (meaning “marvel” or “miracle”). Mangaliso’s first single was “Ndokhulandela”, a hypnotic song that showcases Mabandla’s meditative, yet powerful, voice—and the album contains many other songs that more than prove that the praise and accolades (including two South African Music Awards nominations) that surrounded Umlilo’s release were deserved. The album’s closing track “Bawo Wam”, for instance, carries with it spirit of the ancient in a song built around a distinctively modern beat-heavy groove and “Khaya” is evidence enough that Mabandla’s guitarwork is amongst the most lyrical South Africa has produced. Mangaliso was produced by Tiago Correia Paulo (Tumi and the Volume; 340ml) who also features, along with Mike Wright (Zebra & Giraffe). “Touring internationally opened my eyes to how popular folk-based music is, and although the music on Mangaliso is more artistically experimental than anything I’ve done before, it remains located in this age-old idiom,” concludes Mabandla. “I am incredibly grateful to be doing what I love, and travelling the world while I do it.”

Evicted

Evicted are a Zimbabwean"Afro-Rock"band consisting of Derek Bailey on Lead Vocals and Guitar, Theo Rohde on Lead guitar, Dominic Benson on Bass, and Justin Seutter on drums. They have achieved massive success in Zimbabwe and become a prominent musical force in the region, touring extensively while using and abusing music genres and building a reputation for incredibly energetic live shows and diverse musical influences.
Evicted has achieved this success totally independently, releasing many singles and a full-length album titled "Place Called Home’. It was an album that resonated with many due to the politically charged lyrics combined with the nostalgia and love for their struggling home country. At the same time, they were pushing musical boundaries, fusing traditional African music with catchy pop choruses and a unique underlying rock sound. This is the sound that the current lineup have built on and consolidated with subsequent releases. They have matured together as a band and blend all the influences that come from extensive touring in the region to develop their distinctive sound.

The band’s love for traveling and experiencing different cultures has seen them touring extensively around Southern Africa, in many cases trailblazing a”scene” where it previously didn’t exist and playing shows in places no other bands have been. Last year the band played Zimfest London and the World Stage at Notting Hill Carnival with the promoters all clamoring to have them back.
Their latest offering is an EP entitled “Tomorrow” mixed by Andrew Baird (Mango Groove) with two singles released so far. Evicted have shared the stage with top international acts such as Prime Circle, Mi Casa, Oliver Mtukudzi, The Parlotones, Locnville, Jeremy Loops, Gangs of Ballet, Jah Prayzah, Beatenberg and many more. A second UK tour is also in the pipeline and the next single”Fight or Fall”is to be released soon.

Josh Kempen

Josh Kempen is a SAMA nominated (Best Alternative Album, 2018) singer songwriter who's high-voltage performances have enchanted audiences country wide.
His singles, including Pistol, The River, and Leave Me If You Can, have topped radio charts since his debut album's release in 2017.

Sereetsi & The Natives

These guys are so excellent...we are so EXCITED to have them play the Festival in August 2019....cant wait! Gotta love a bit of home-grown talent fresh from Botswana.

Here's some more info on them so swot up...

Sereetsi & the Natives, a refreshing definitive reference in the contemporisation of folk music in Botswana and a unique voice in the World Music arena. The act's strong songwriting and performance in its debut album, Four String Confessions (April 2015) and its sophomore studio outing, Motoko (April 2018), present a fearless sound that blends traditional Botswana rhythms with Western influences, all built around the signature sound and unique tradition of the Tswana four string folk guitar.

The debut album yielded four Botswana Music Awards in 2016 – Best Single, Best Male Artist, Best Folk Album and Best Newcomer and put Sereetsi & The Natives on big stages with a growing international performance credit, including a stop-over in Chicago, USA, Stockholm, Sweden, Planetta World Music Festival in Gothenburg, Sweden, a showing in Namibia and a historic 10 date tour of South Africa (2016).

The act has already shared the stage with established World Music names like Oliver Mtukudzi, Vusi Mahlasela, Caiphus Semenya, Letta Mbuli and Jonas Gwangwa. The act headlined the Gaborone International Music and Culture Week in August 2016 with US smooth jazz star, Jonathan Butler.

The act has also featured at the Mahika Mahikeng Jazz Festival (2015 & 2016), Kgalagadi Jazz Festival (2016 & 2017) and the Cultural Calabash Fest (2015) all of them in South Africa. This is in addition to a busy festival and corporate gig schedule in Botswana. Among festivals Sereetsi & the Natives has played in Botswana are the Maitisong Arts Festival, Maun International Arts Festival, The Hamptons International Jazz Festival, Mascom Live Sessions and the President’s Concert.

In 2017, Sereetsi collaborated with Zambian star Mumba Yachi and South African bassist and singer AusTebza in a project called Kgalagadi Soul that has already played festivals in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Gaborone, Durban, Mafikeng and Durban..

Sereetsi is also considered a pioneer on the cultural landscape in Botswana. His 83 page guitar instructional book/CD on his native folk guitar tradition entitled The Solo Four String Guitar of Botswana is a ground breaking first. Through a grant of about P500,000, Sereetsi has embarked on a folk guitar workshop tour covering 15 towns in Botswana. He taught Botswana folk music through an artist residency at Harryda School of the Arts in Gothenburg in 2016. In 2015, he presented a workshop at an international music conference organised by the International Council of Traditional Music (ICTM) at the University of Kwazulu Natal, Durban, South Africa. As part of the Kgalagadi Soul collective, he has presented on his unique four string guitar style at University of Wits School of Music and the Tshwane School of Music.

So Kindly

Growing up listening to a mixed bag of musical influences, So Kindly draws inspiration from a variety of different Eras And Genres.
Shane Williams is the artist and his music style is ever changing - nevertheless a solid backbone of Southern African groove can be heard in His work.
Complimentary to this, So Kindly brings warm instrumentals, intimate folky vocals and sprinkles of electronic subtlety to the stage.

So Kindly provided their fabulous track ‘ Broken Jaw’ as the backdrop to the OKMF promo video…listen here! For this we will be eternally grateful…a firm ‘Friend of the Festival’, we are very lucky to have you back for the 2nd year….

Pearl

Pearl's unique sound and warm voice is seductive, captivating and intense. With a mixed ethnic background from Botswana in Africa as well as from India and Europe, she has learned to incorporate different cultures and traditions. Something you can feel and hear through her music which is evocative and contains both depth and lightness.
She is the writer of both melodies and lyrics, and though the music she makes is deeply rooted in the rhythm and blues tradition and stems out of black musical roots, she has been able to maintain her own expression and to add to the music her personal touch. In essence, there is a spirituality to her expression, which is quite unique when one considers the down to earth essence in the music genre it is embodied through.

Her songs revolve around themes of love and longing, of male/female relationships, of being a woman, and when listening, you sense how Pearl’s music is founded in her own being and rooted in her own femininity.
Pearl is born in Botswana and she moved to Denmark when she was 14 years old.  She has performed in several places in Europe, including Moscow where she received radio airplay with a song she featured on by Moscow based Trip-hop/Elctro Jazz band VFSixPearl has collaborated with producers and songwriters from different parts of the world.
Her previous Album ‘The Fall and Rise of a Woman’ was recorded in Denmark in collaboration with the Reggae band ReCulture. It is a cross-over project between different musical genres, namely Reggae, Soul, and Pop.
Pearls new Project/Album which will be due in 2017 will have its focus mainly on Soul, Jazz, AfroSoul/beat and AfroJazz. She has recently become part of the Drinkard Music Group, which is founded by family members of the legendary Drinkard and Robinson family members which includes great singers such as Cissy Drinkard now known as Cissy Houston. Pearls Album will be released and mostly produced by the Drinkard Music Group in 2017.

For more info visit: https://facebook.com/pearlsoul

The Mackay.z

The Mackay.z music incorporates many different genres and expresses the different areas of their lives. They have mixed their musical foundation of vocal
harmonies and acoustic guitar with the high energy of modern electronic elements, and touches of hip hop to create their sound. They like to write songs about different aspects of life from overcoming hardships to family , childhood, love or just taking it easy and having a good time !


The Mackay bothers, Declan and Kyle, have spent the last 3 years doing music full time, playing acoustic guitars and singing around their home country of Zimbabwe and its neighbouring countries, while spending the rest of their time crafting their studio skills. Two years ago they won a heavily contested competition to play on the main stage at internationally recognised festival
Rocking the Daisies, alongside acts such as Mac Miller, Foster the people, Hugh Masekela and many more. This was a major turning point as it not only exposed the brothers to what playing on an international stage feels like, but it also showed them what they needed to work on for their career to be successful!

The Mackay.z have just released their 12 track EP ‘Pick Your Feet Upʼ which is 100% self written, self recorded and self produced in their small home studio. The project is a true representation of where they have been over the last few years, incorporating many different genres and expressing the different areas of their lives ! We canʼt wait to bring these songs to life on stage and
share them with the Okavango!

Masa Caroleen

Masa is a fast rising Zimbabwean songwriter and singer. She is possibly the most diverse musician in Zimbabwe with her songs traversing between Rock, House, Jazz, and Blues all within her African roots. She classifies her music as World Music. Masa’s leathery warm and captivating voice and lyrics are drawn from Life’s experiences.
She sites some of her music idols as Amy Winehouse, Thandisa Mazwai , Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra, Hugh Masekela, Hope Masike, Emily Sande and Mokoomba.
Currently Masa has recorded 3 singles which were digitally released by mid September 2018. Her Single Ndiwe has been doing well on local radio - she is spreading her wings and taking flight.

Masa has had the pleasure of working with a vibrant band from 2016 and the sound they is amazingly tight and world class. Together they have performed at various Festivals in the country and their sound has grown into a class of its own.

Pathisani Moyo – keyboard player, Zealman Mhlanga Munengu – drums, Takudzwa Kaseke – Lead guitar and Tinotenda Zingapeta – bass .

Goddy & 100% Africa Dance

He looks sooooo serious here, but Goddy is one of the smiliest people you will ever meet! It's Rhumba, rhumba, rhumba all the way with this fun and energetic band from our doorstep in Maun, Botswana. Five of the band members playing live guitars in that wonderful sound that only Africa can produce, with some enthusiastic dancing thrown in to boot!

Flying Bantu

These guys just cant stay away! and we are so thrilled to have them back again to create some more magic on our OK Festival stage.

With their boundless energy and enthusiasm and a whole load of new material to grace us with, its gonna be a show to remember!

“Flying Bantu” is a musical act from right underneath the magical spray of the Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Their versatile sound embodies various flavours and boldly expresses an Afro: Rock/Reggae/Funk/Jazz mix which can best be described as “Afro Fusion”. Between 2016 and early 2019, the five piece act recorded a five track EP (”Cruising Attitude”, 2017) and a ten track album “Ceasefire” Releasing March 2019.

In their short career as a touring act, they have managed to perform at various festivals with the biggest to date being South Africa’s Rocking the Daisies where they have appeared in 2016 and 2017 back to back. In November 2017, Flying Bantu were selected to open the stage for the Zimbabwean legend Oliver Mtukudzi, who performed for jubilant crowds at the icon’s 65th birthday concert at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town. This marked a defining moment of international recognition from a regional audience which has spurred the band on to seek greater heights. Since then the band have been selected to open the stage for the likes of Johnny Clegg, Freshly Ground, PJ Powers and The Parlotones!

During the same year at Victoria Falls Carnival, they shared the stage with some big names such as MiCasa and Africa’s biggest electronic producer “Black Coffee”. Miombo Magic Music Festival, one of Zimbabwe’s bigger locally run festivals, saw the boys brush shoulders with some of Zimbabwe’s top acts, such as Sulumani Chimbetu, Ammara Brown and Hope Masike.

Flying Bantu are fast becoming a recurring feature on the regional African music scene, and this was echoed by their Main Stage performance at the 2018 Harare International Festival of The Arts (HIFA) at which powerhouses such as SA’s Lira and Freshly Ground also performed for the first time.

“Our hope is that we are a product whose reach transcends the borders set by culture, race, religion and even genre in a grand quest for a togetherness amongst citizens of the world. We are really trying our best to say something relevant in today’s world. We are expressing something born of a 21st century Africa which is culturally vulnerable, yet more assertive than the world might yet realise” – Flying Bantu

Djembe Monks

We can't get enough of that Didjeridoo! They can't get enough of the OKMF! So we're dragging them back again, kicking and screaming (not!). Get down to the beat of the these brilliant drumming guys...you wont be able to stand still!

Genre: House Music; Deep, Afro-tech, Soul, Tribal

Introduction

Djembe Monks are a trio who produce and perform tribal house music, a blend of traditional drums with electronics in a house/techno/afro fusion. The band, established in 2010, has been one of the most active local acts, performing at major events and festivals in the country such as Intwasa Festival KoBulawayo, HIFA, Unplugged Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Fashion Weekend and Shoko Festival

Background

The Zimbabwean act, based in Bulawayo, exudes an inimitable and enthralling blend of house music and live percussion, which forms an energetic performance that has been the bed rock of their success in creating contemporary and traditional dance music. So riveting is their sound, as they jag the traditional African drums and organic vocals with the modern wheel spinning hum. The precision with which the drummers coordinate their thumping theatrics with the turntables will always leave the African music enthusiast mind blown.

The experienced digital disc jockey mixing section of Slimzar WA Afrika is complimented by percussionist Emmanuel Rootz Nkomo (djembe, congas and vocal chants) and

drummer Khotso Torture Drum (timbales, kit drums and talking drum). The diverse musical and social backgrounds between these musicians weave musical magic that is highly infectious and undeniably groovy.

Ngqabutho Ncube (Slimzar WA Afrika) is one of the most sought after DJs in Bulawayo. He holds a Diploma in Primary School Education, majoring in Music. His passion for music has driven him not only to be an entertainer, but an educator.

Emmanuel Nkomo (Rootz) is a performing artiste and Radio presenter/producer (with 6 years’ experience in Journalism, Research and Radio Production). Rootz, who has over a decade experience as a performing artiste, is currently studying ABRSM Music theory at the Zimbabwe Academy of Music with focus on drums, percussion and piano.

Khotso Nare (Seromola) is a self-taught producer with the project Vacation EP (2016) being his first underground solo release. Seromola is also the producer of all Djembe Monks projects to date. Being passionate about community health awareness, Seromola is currently studying HIV/AIDS and Counselling.

Djembe Monks: Seromola, Slimzar WA Afrika and Rootz Releases

Albums
Deep, Love, Drums. 2012. Djem Records, Zimbabwe. (Available on iTunes). Link:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/deep-love-drums/id769368818

Bang the Drum EP. 2015. Peng Afrika, United Kingdom. (Available on iTunes). Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bang-the-drum/id963411776

Bantu Migrant. 2018. Djembe Monks, Djem Bus in Zimbabwe.

https://itunes.apple.com/album/id1450329579?Is=1&app=itunes

Singles

2018

Somabula ft. Willis Wataffi Afirika

2017

Shwele (Nduduzo Makhathini) – Djembe Monks Ethnic Mix),

Masa – Mazhet (Djembe Monks Afro Mix)

https://youyu.be/FCVQAii2v58

2016

Kosomoro ft. Mzoe7. OPILEC Music, Italy. https://www.beatport.com/track/kosomoro-ft- mzoe7-original-mix/8110688

Come to Harm (Zimbabwe Session), I-Robots International Remixes. OPILEC Music, Italy. Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/records/n3gmmq

http://classic.beatport.com/track/come-to-harm-djembe-monks-zimbabwe- session/7458575

Sekele (Happy Feet) ft. Tehn Diamond. Chamukeke (Original Mix) ft. Xmile, Djem Records.

Everyone (ft. Sahfie), International Remixes Link: https://sahffi.bandcamp.com/track/everyone-djembe-monks-remix

Bonobo, Djem Records.

2013

Sekele (Happy Feet), Peng Afrika, UK. Ingxabano (Oxamu), Djem Records. Still We Rise, Djem Records. Upcoming Performances

Miombo Magic Music Festival 2019, Christon Bank, Harare, Zimbabwe. – TBC A’Zambezi Lodge, Victoria Falls. Zimbabwe.
Trib Initiation Volume 2, Gaborone. Botswana.
Maun Easter Explosion, Botswana.

River Brewing Co. Victoria Falls Craft Beer Activation. – TBC Okavango Delta Music Festival, Botswana 2019.

Makgadikgadi Moonlight Adventure 2019. – TBC Triple D Live 2019, Harare. Zimbabwe. – TBC NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL Performances
2019

Half Bar in Chisipite, Harare.
3 Monkies, Victoria Falls.
2018
United Nations Day Celebrations, Harare.
Maun International Arts Festival
Makgadikgadi Moonlight Adventure, Botswana. Okavango Delta Music Festival, Maun.

Trib Initiation Vol 1, Gaborone.

The River Brewing Co. Victoria Falls.

Unplugged Zimbabwe, Harare

The Smokehouse Official Opening, Bulawayo.

Makgadikgadi Moonlight Adventure, Maun, Botswana 27 & 28 July.

Kerry and Adam Seager’s Wedding Fest in Juliasdale, Nyanga, Zimbabwe.

PPC Zimbabwe, Matobo Ultra-Marathon.

The Jam Tree St Patrick’s Day Celebrations (Irish Society in Zimbabwe).

Data Centre Africa Digital Conference, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

2017

MUSICA Festival (Italian Embassy in Zimbabwe) Harare.
Rob Burrel’s 5th Annual Fundraiser. Tin Roof, Harare, Zimbabwe. Miombo Magic Music Festival. Zimbabwe.
Zambezi House Official Launch. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Shoko Festival Harare, Zimbabwe.
Skyz Metro FM Music Awards Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
Intwasa Festival KoBulawayo, Zimbabwe.

Vicphoria Euphoria, (Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe).

Unplugged Zimbabwe. Harare, Zimbabwe

Castle Lite Block Party. Westgate, Harare. Zimbabwe.

2016

Golden Pilsner Afro Fusion Concert. Zimbabwe.

Miombo Magic Festival. Zimbabwe.

2015

Harare International Festival of Arts (HIFA), Sonic Wonderland ZOL Main Stage. Harare International Festival of Arts (HIFA), Coca Cola Green Stage.
Main Act at Fallin Fest, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
Launch of the Ziyanda film project on Human Trafficking.

2014

Zimbabwe Music Awards.
Zimbabwe Fashion Weekend Harare.
HIFA: Hivos Poetry Café, Zimbabwe.
SHOKO Festival; Opening act for The Layabouts (UK).
Miss Earth Zimbabwe Finals.
Bulawayo Agenda Ideas Festival.
SHOKO Festival; Collaboration with Willis Wataffi Afirika and Sista Flame.
Book Cafe Music Factory International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. National Arts Merit Awards, Bulawayo.
Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA). Zimbabwe.
Zimfest Harare, Zimbabwe.
Botswana Television’s BTV Flavadome Live, Gaborone.
Samsung Galaxy S Launch Gala. Gaborone, Botswana.
Intwasa Festival of the Arts KoBulawayo.

Shanti Lo

Shanti Lo’s growing brand has accorded him an influential stance in Botswana’s cultural development, through his subtle yet powerful social commentary and persuasion in contemporary urban culture, in his music and design as well as his authority and strength in the print and social media. His continued travels abroad, on cultural and musical exchanges have also put him on a good platform to exercise his growing proficiency in international relations and diplomacy, often engaging with Botswana’s diplomatic missions abroad, to become one of the country’s most promising and sought after cultural ambassadors.

This is also evident in his achievements of firsts i.e. the first Motswana artist to perform at esteemed international events such as the Havana Jazz Festival (Havana, Cuba), National Arts Festival (Grahamstown, South Africa), Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival (Johannesburg, South Africa – 2012), Bushfire Arts Festival (Swaziland – 2011) and Mahikeng Jazz Festival (Mafikeng, South-Afrca -2015). Shanti Lo has also performed in Ireland, Nigeria, Kenya and Germany.

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Mpho Sebina

Mpho Sebina is an emerging singer songwriter born in 1989 in the small village of Mochudi in Botswana. Growing up in a family of music lovers she grew up on the sounds of , Sade, UB40, Boom Shaka , Brenda Fassie and Mariah Carey ,to name a few, all of whom influenced her musical journey, in writting and singing.
Before pursuing music, Mpho Sebina studied and graduated with an honours Degree in International Business from the Multimedia University of Malaysia. It was during those years that she started exploring the realms of writing, recording and vocal training. It was in Malaysia where her debut single “Loves Light” was written, inspired by the song Tselane by the BLK JKS. Her 6 track EP title NEO is available on itunes, which boasts a fusion of soul , rnb, african rhythms and nostalgic throwbacks.
The first single “Black Butterfly” is on youtube, as song about freedom and self discovery the video represents those elements with scenic outdoor shots and a fluttering ballerina.

Upon the start of her musical career she frequently does corporate functions as well as music festivals where she has shared the stage with the likes of Shekinah, HHP, Freshly Ground, Nnunu Ramogotsi, Shanti Lo, Lady Smith Black Mambazo and Louis Mhalanga just to name a few. In 2016 she brought Naked Soul Sessions to life, a live music event which features different local artists every month.

Links: Soundcloud: mpho_sebina Facebook: mpho.sebina Instagram: mpho_sebina Twitter: mpho_loveslight