From gum­boot danc­ing to tap danc­ing to live jazz and DJs, the inau­gur­al Cra­dle Colour Fest is expect­ed to fea­ture an explo­sion of tal­ent. Here’s a look at some of the artists who will be per­form­ing at Maropeng’s Stone Park on Her­itage Day. 

DJ Dino Bra­vo needs lit­tle intro­duc­tion. One of South Africa’s best-known and loved DJs, Vladimir Miguel Bra­vo Jose, was born in Cuba and raised in Ango­la. But he kicked off his career right here in South Africa, play­ing at Yeoville’s Club 51 in Johan­nes­burg in 1994, before get­ting a reg­u­lar Sat­ur­day night show on Metro FM in 2002. He has pro­duced albums that have gone plat­inum, and col­lab­o­rat­ed with the likes of Kabe­lo, Skwat­ta Kamp, Malik, Proverb, Black Jack, and DJ Fresh. Accord­ing his offi­cial Face­book page, his reper­toire is diverse, and includes hip-hop, kwaito, bhangra, pop, plus much more.

Dj Dinobravo Poster

251Afrika is a band that excels at African jazz, blues rock and neosoul sounds. The band was formed in 2017 in Katle­hong, and is led by musi­cians, Simo Sibiya and Lun­ga Gube­lana. In a write-up on their Face­book page, Gube­lana says, What it comes down to for us, is that we real­ly love what we’re doing, and we’ve brought a lot of peo­ple some­thing they real­ly love too.”

251Afrika Jazz Band Poster

Ben­nefak­tor is an up and com­ing DJ-duo, com­prised of broth­ers, Rory and Kyle Ben­net. They describe them­selves on their Face­book page as sell­ing a cre­ative burst of tasty tones and melodies”.

Bennefaktor Poster

Neo Molokoane, or DJ Neo Beats, is musi­cian, pro­duc­er and graph­ic design­er based in New­town, Johan­nes­burg. He has per­formed at var­i­ous fes­ti­vals, includ­ing the Sowe­to Fes­ti­val and the Gra­ham­stown Arts Fes­ti­val. Here’s his offi­cial Face­book page.

Neo Beats Poster

Pre­to­ria song­bird, Nariska Ziets­man describes her­self as an indie singer/​songwriter. This up and com­ing artist spe­cial­izes in live acoustic per­for­mances. Here’s her offi­cial Face­book page.

Nariska Poster

The Fos­sils are a five-piece rock band who have over the years enjoyed cov­er­ing a range of the artists that they grew up lis­ten­ing to, includ­ing ear­ly pio­neers like Chuck Berry to lat­er greats like U2, Crowd­ed House and Cold­play. The band con­sists of Pravesh on key­board, Devan on gui­tar, Chi­raag on bass and gui­tars, San­jay on per­cus­sion and Mags on drums. All in the band sing lead and back­up vocal. 

The Fossils Poster