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Over the past few months, we’ve been checking out the music scene in Nando’s birthplace, South Africa, to showcase some amazing artists.

Kicking off The Music Exchange, which will see the best of South African and UK talent brought together, our first tip is phenomenal young DJ producer Muzi.

Muzi’s early tracks have picked up a growing online fan base over the last year, backed by some of the biggest names in dance music including The Prodigy, Rinse FM and Diplo’s Mad Decent label.

Building up a strong reputation in his homeland as the most exciting electronic artist of his generation, Muzi’s first official release, ‘Nizogcwala’, is out this Friday (26th June 2015). It’s a rich culture-clash mix, inspired by the electronic and hip-hop sounds of the UK and US, as well as the unique South African Zulu vocal flavours.

The video is just as tasty as the beat, a blistering and hypnotic visual feast that captures all the energy of the track. Muzi describes the track’s fusion of styles: “We have Western influences but we’re still inspired by our traditions and culture as well. Two worlds have met and both play an important role. I hope this video and my music gets that message across.”

Currently relocating from the Empangeni township in the northeast of South Africa to one of the strongholds of electronic music, Berlin, Germany, Muzi is set to launch his sound in Europe and beyond, and ‘Nizogcwala’ is just for starters. Catch his debut UK tour in September, and keep an eye on Nando’s Rule The Roost over the summer…he might just be jumping on the Cock o’ Van while he’s in town!

30
Sep

A journey to Johannesburg with Little Simz

Whilst we’ve been filling your stomachs with PERi-PERi and feeding your souls with the freshest sounds at festivals this summer, we’ve also been busy getting stuck into the South African music scene - it’s where we’re from after all.

Music, News
11
Aug

Rule The Roost: Boardmasters

We’re heading to Newquay, the surf capital of the UK, for a sure-to-be-sizzling Boardmasters Festival. A selection of the best bands and DJs will bring the good times, and they’ll be joined by many of the world’s greatest surfers competing for the biggest event in the country, the Boardmasters Crown. Together, it’s set to be an unmissable beach session.

Competitions, Music
15
Jul

Nando's Music Exchange strikes a chord!

Nando’s Music Exchange kicked off its second year, returning to legendary music venue, the Roundhouse, for a day of workshops, collaborative recording sessions and artist mentoring.

Music