Basha Uhuru has always been known to bring the best beats and attendees at the 2021 Basha Uhuru Creative Uprising fired up by Nando’s can expect the same! With the hottest up-and-coming musical talents, plus the chance to learn from industry experts, there’s something for everyone.

Before party

In late September, the BridgeFire workshop kicked off, aiming to inspire a new generation of South African musical talent. The three-day talent incubation workshop in collaboration with Nando’s, Bridges for Music and Flame Studios aimed to kick-start the careers of 10 aspiring musicians, putting them face-to-face and soul-to-soul with a group of high-profile mentors from across the music industry. 

You can catch two of the participating artists – Wenawedwa and Kallo performing live at Basha on 28 and 29 October.

On 15 October, the next in the series of Basha lead-up events will be taking place – a hybrid happening titled The Business of Music. Hear from experts, such as Katlego Malatji from Sony Music; artist and label owner, Jackie Queens,  music curator and entrepreneur Shiba Mazaza, and many others. 

The music business can be, in the immortal words of Hunter S Thompson, “a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pumps run free, and good men die like dogs.”

However, the music business of South Africa today is also a dynamic, exciting and rapidly evolving industry embracing technology and taking the world by storm – literally changing the lives of many young South Africans like never before.

This workshop will unpack and navigate key aspects of the complex business of music, with select expert panellists drawn from across the South African music industry spectrum.

The main event

Nando’s will once again be bringing some of Mzansi’s hottest sounds to the Basha stage, with the likes of Langa Mavuso and Bonga Kwana.

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.

Bonga Kwana is also one of the mentors for Nandocas Uhuru – the internal music talent search that Nando’s held.

You can see the winners performing as part of the Nando’s Creative Conference on 28 October at Basha

The Creative Conference will also include: