The Basha Uhuru Creative Uprising is an opportunity to experience the best of Mzansi’s creative talents and the music festival is always a highlight of the programme. This year, Nando’s fired up the event by bringing performances from Langa Mavuso and Bonga Kwana to the stage, as well as up-and-coming new talents from Bridges For Music Academy and our own Nandocas from our internal talent search competition.

Plus, attendees also got to hear from a whole host of Basha Uhuru headliners and support acts, from the renowned Sun-El Musician to DJ Olwee, Sio, Mx Blouse, Linda Van Skosana, DJ MR X, ThandoNje, Easy Freak, Fiflaaa, Marcus Harvey and Kitchen Mess.

The Nando’s acts

Langa Mavuso is a formally trained musician and singer song-writer from Johannesburg, South Africa. Born Nkosinathi Nhlakanipho Mavuso, Langa (as he is known on stage) is one of the country’s most promising inheritors of R&B and Afro-Soul.

He released his debut album, LANGA, in 2020 – a reflective narration on the vicissitudes of love and heartbreak. As the only African member of the first class of Deezer Next 2020, Langa released an exclusive live EP of the album in partnership with the online streaming service.

Langa has performed at events ranging from the Rocking the Daisies festival to the State of the Nation Gala Dinner and, more recently, at the 27th South African Music Awards.

Sporting a distinctive personal style, he has partnered with brands including H&M, Johnnie Walker, Woolworths, Ray Ban and Levis.

Bonga Kwana is a young queer singer, songwriter, budding producer, DJ, model and multifaceted creative firecracker from Cape Town, affectionately known as Stargyal.

She is extremely modern and relevant and yet her sound evokes a nostalgia for South African Music and a very relatable afro-pop sensibility and defiant spirit that bring to mind artists like Brenda Fassie, Busi Mhlogo, Zahara and Ami Faku and Simmy.

She was sponsored by Nando’s to attend Bridges for Music Academy and selected for the 2019 Nando’s Music Exchange in London, which brought together talented up-and-coming musicians from around the world to experience an action-packed few days of mentoring and jamming. She ran high up the ranks in Idols 2019 and has given performances on BBC 1 Radio’s Living in Colour, SoFar Sounds events, the 2019 Montreux Jazz Festival in 2019 and MIDEMS international conference. She also was a co-creator in a story-telling session with Zolani Mahola and Yo-Yo Ma.

In 2019, the Stargyal signed a distribution deal with a London-based company, Platoon Ltd, and in the same year, she co-released a powerful song titled ‘Ungazilibali‘ (Don’t forget yourself) with South African musical giants Zolani Mahola, Msaki, Ami Faku and Eryn Allen Kane from the USA, which was an ode to young womxn to remain grounded and rooted in themselves. She’s worked with some of South Africa’s finest musicians, from Samthing Soweto to Khuli Chana, Buhlebendalo Mda, Msaki, Zoe Modiga, Amanda Black, Yvonne Chaka-Chaka, Vusi Mahlasela, Clay, Eryn Allen Kane and many more.

Bonga Kwana is an activist in the queer community and the founder and creative Director of Rambling of a Black Queer Woman, a platform for queer creatives.

On 27 August 2021, Bonga released her debut single, Ndifuna Wena, featuring Ntsika Fana Ngxanga from the multi-award winning acapella group, The Soil. This is Bonga Kwana’s official debut single leading up to her Debut EP, New Faces To Old Problems.

Here are some of the highlights from the music festival:

Key Performances