3 TONS OF FUN
3 Tons of Fun have emerged over the last 10 years as one of South Africa’s most loved all female groups. The larger-than-life trio, comprising of Saxy Sthe Mfuphi, Bulelewa “Beautiful Bee” Sakayi and Mysterious Michelle Thomas, wows their audience with a mix of showstoppers from the disco era, as well as well-known pop, African and dance music. This fun-filled musical spectacular attracts full houses to their popular cabaret show runs, which have included “Paradise Road”, “An African Dream”, and “Single Ladies”. www.3tonsoffun.co.za
DR VICTOR & THE RASTA REBELS
For more than 20 years, multiple award-winning Dr. Victor (Victor Khojane), has been crafting and creating elevating, up tempo sounds that have garnered this singer, musician, songwriter and producer, many devoted fans all over the world. Well-known for their 1991 pop reggae hit “Gimme Hope Jo’Anna”, a tribute to Eddie Grant, Dr Victor & The Rasta Rebels put on an elaborate show that’s sure to evoke the rhythm within us all.
This fabulous South African based salsa band performs authentic New York-Style Salsa and Latin Jazz, with a strong element of Afro Cuban Son, which of course also serves as the strongest musical root of Salsa music in general. En Fuego bases its repertoire from some of the favourite Salseros including (but not limited to) The Afro-Cuban All Stars, Ruben Blades, Hector Lavoe, The Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Eddie Palmieri, Fruko y Sus Tesos, Tito Puente, and Gloria Estefan.
THE FIELD BAND FOUNDATION
The Field Band Foundation performance at the Royal Escape Experience 2017 will feature 12 young musicians and the acoustic sounds of the marimbas and steel drums in a truly spectacular African setting. The Field Band Foundation improves the quality of life of disadvantaged young people and gives them an opportunity to build a better future. Through music and movement, members take part in positive, joyful and affirming activities that teach them life skills that develop their imagination, team spirit and self-discipline.
KOOL OUT LOUNGE DJs
The Kool Out Lounge DJs, featuring DJ ID, P-Kuttah and Raiko, will keep escapers dancing late into the African night throughout the Royal Escape Experience 2017.
Akio Kawahito, aka DJ ID, is an internationally recognized Hip Hop DJ and one of South Africa’s most influential contributors to the genre.
Largely considered one of the country’s best party rocking DJs, DJ P-Kuttah’s creativity behind the decks is often unmatched, making him the standout artist on most lineups. He also handles live samples and beats from a Live Machine sampler.
Raiko is known for his throwback sets and eclectic music tastes, a specialist in live performance shows has led him to DJ for recognised acts like Khuli Chana, AKA, Morafe, TKZee and more.
POPS MOHAMED & FEMI KOYA DUO
Composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer “Pops” Mohamed was born Ismail Mohamed-Jan in the vibrant East Rand community of Kalamazoo in 1949. Kalamazoo was sadly soon uprooted to bleak Reigert Park and demolished, but Mohamed’s memories of the community’s vibrant hybridity have shaped his envelope-busting concept of music ever since. Most recently, he has been working with the representatives of Kalahari San communities to both preserve and expose their healing sounds, and in Cape Town with Dave Reynolds and Tony Cedras.
Femi Koya is the new face of the African Renaissance. Combining Afrobeat and jazz, gospel and blues, West African highlife with a nostalgic Sophiatown flavour, his music is a rich blend of deep and sultry jazz and contemporary groove. He is urban and urbane. His life’s journey – a story of migration from the West to the South – resonates in his music, which creates a conscious dialogue between West African and South African sounds. This musical fusion demonstrates the path to a new and culturally integrated Africa in which a common heritage is reinforced to meet the needs of today’s world. His quest is for African unity at a time when he believes Africa should claim its rightful and proud place in the world.
THE JOHANNESBURG FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA
The Johannesburg Festival Orchestra features legendary South African conductor Richard Cock and soloists Tracy-Lee Oliver and Monde Msutwana on vocals.
Directed by Richard Cock, the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra made its debut in concert with Julian Lloyd-Webber, at the Johannesburg Civic Theatre, in 1998. The musicians were all key members of the National Symphony Orchestra, the State Theatre Orchestra and the National Chamber Orchestra.