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Pretoria is the birthplace of a variety of notable public and musical figures dominating the continental and international platform. It is home to the likes of Dr Malinga, a multi-award winning recording artist and dancer, and Matlakala, a top musician in South African gospel. Perdeby explores four other musical acts of similar stature who were also born in the capital city.
Born Lehlogonolo Mataboge, A-Reece is a household name in the South African Hip-Hop space. Currently 19 years old, he has earned a spot as an African A-list rapper along with fellow musicians and stage rivals such as Emtee, Sjava and Nasty C. He was born in Pretoria and grew up following in the steps of his older brother who is a member of the duo Benchmarq.
Born Elvis Maswanganyi, DJ Mujava was raised in Atteridgeville. A well-known pioneer of a very distinct style of electro music established in Pretoria, he is celebrated for various club bangers and influential collaborations that helped shape the spectrum of South African house music as we know it today.
An African icon in all aspects of his music, usually described as African folk, Vusi Mahlasela’s music inspired many anti-apartheid activists, encouraging the unification of people of various backgrounds. His music is well-received by international and local audiences of all ages and musical tastes.
A big fan of Pretoria, as heard in her music, Lady Zamar went from performing in various small Mamelodi gigs to dominating the South African house music scene, which is the most dominant house music scene in the world. A natural hit-maker with great talent to listen to, Lady Zamar has aggressively put Mamelodi township on the map through her music.
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