Kwesta is one of SA’s most prominent figures in the music industry. He has three albums under his belt and has worked with one of the USA’s most noticeable rappers such as, Wale and Rick Ross.
The Katlehong born star, took an interest in poetry during his high school years and received positive feedback and encouragement from fellow students and teachers.[
In 2003, Kwesta, then known as Quest, and some friends, formed a group called “Ghetto Fellaz”, which became known as “The Juvenylz” with an additional member. His crew hoped to be discovered and signed, but this did not happen. Kwesta dropped out of high school at age 16 to pursue his music career full-time. He recorded his first demo in his home studio. This demo caught the attention of Africa’s Most Southern Record Company (AMS), which eventually allowed him to use their recording facilities.
Kwesta, still a teenager, convinced his mother to give him taxi fare necessary to get to Buttabing Entertainment’s offices. This meeting resulted in him being added to Buttabing Entertainment’s roster, co-owned by founding members Shugasmakx and Slikour.
He is currently signed to his own Independent and media company known as Rap Lyf with co-founder Kid X. His third studio album Dakar II was released on 26 February 2016. Tune in tonight at 22:30 live on SABC 3. #TSAon3
Timothy Modise is a South Africa journalist, TV and radio presenter. He has also held a number of senior positions in governmental and non-governmental organisations, including chairing the 2010 Fifa World Cup Organising Committee and advising the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism.
Born on 8 September 1961 in Pretoria, he attended Moruleng Secondary School before beginning his career in broadcasting.
His awards include SABC Best Broadcaster in Radio (1999), GQ Magazine Presenter Of The Year (2001) and the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation’s “Reconcilliation Award” (2001).
He is also featured interviewing Nelson Mandela in the video Experience Ubuntu, supplied with every desktop installation of Ubuntu Linx.
With over two decades of Deejaying, Da Vincy is one of the most important figures on the South African Electronic Dance Music Scene. Vinny has helped galvanize deep underground club culture in his various guises: As a partner in the power House Africa Records as a compiler and executive producer of many of their top-selling compilations; as a producer alongside his long time friend and partner, DJ Christos.
He has played in clubs across SA and in neighbouring countries such as, Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and even North Africa. He has vowed crowds all over Europe since 2000 when he debuted at the legendary night club, Pacha in Ibiza.
Our other MCM tonight is also called the Godfather of House, DJ Christos who is also a legendary DJ and one of South Africa`s most respected house producers, widely credited for laying the foundations for the SA dance scene’s still-flourishing platform.
Christo’s started spinning vinyls at the age of 13 and never looked back as he has worked with various well established musicians in the country. Christos was one of the founders of the Kalawa label and via this and his own Katsaitis Music he’s been responsible for releasing some of SA’s most groundbreaking artists, including Boom Shaka, Lebo Mathosa, Shana, Daw and Black Coffee.
Tonight’s MCM is our beloved actor, Cedric Fourie. He is best known for his role on Skeem Sam’ as the notorious businessman Lehasa. He’s accumulated many fans over the years and is making headlines every now and then.
Born and raised in Orlando Gardens in Soweto, he attended several schools including Lenasia, Greyville Primary School, Princess Primary School, Princess High School and Athlone Boys High School.
Having studied at the University of the Witwatersrand, Cedric worked as a network engineer at mobile companies including Ericcson, the Mobax Group and Huawei Technologies. His primary passion, however, lies in the arts, acting and performing.
In 2012 he had a guest turn as William on the SABC1 soapie Generations. Three years later he played the role of The Hammer on Generations: The Legacy.
In early 2015 he starred in the Mzansi Magic Daily Sun telemovie My 4-5 Just Sleeps as JB, a smooth operator with a strong libido who sleeps with the wrong woman, who in turn decides to put a curse on him by stealing his underwear and taking it to a sangoma.
He aspires to be a Hollywood actor in future and wants to appear on blockbusters both local and international. Catch him tonight at 22:30 live on SABC 3. #TSAon3
Bongo Maffin is a South African music group formed in Johannesburg in 1996. They released their first studio album, The Concerto, in 1998, followed by Bongolution (2001) and New Construction (2005). Lead singer Thandiswa Mazwai published her debut solo album, Zabalaza, in 2006.
It would be near blasphemous to deny the huge impact kwaito supergroup of the ’90s, Bongo Maffin has on the current status of music. Having released their last album together in 2005 New Construction with that huge banger Kura Uone (Grow up and you will see), Thandiswa Mazwai, Stoan, Jah Seed and Speedy came together to deliver a heavily afro-beat inspired bop, while not deviating from what we know and love them for.
Bongo Maffin managed to get all of its original members (yes, Speedy re-joined the group after having left prior to their previous album, in pursuit of his solo career under Arthur Mafokate’s record label, 999). We look forward to hearing the rest of the album after over a decade apart, but if the lead single Harare is anything to go by, we can certainly expect a whole new level of creative experimentation and evolution, with the usual touch of Africa of course.
The group is back together with a new single called “Harare” and they’re also working on a new album that is going to be dropping soon. Tune in tonight at 22:30 live on SABC 3 to hear more of their story. #TSAon3
Loyiso Gola is a South African Stand up Comedian. He is the co-creator and anchor of the Lat-night satirical television series Late Nite News With Loyiso Gola on e.tv and eNCA which was launched in 2010. In 2012 he was named one of Mail & Gaudian‘s 200 Young South Africans, in the Media & Film category. Men’s Health describes Gola as having “divisive mass appeal” due to the openly critical nature of his humour, and being “a genuine thinker masquerading as a fool and the reluctant voice of a cynical generation”.
After performing a stand-up opening act for comedian Marc Lottering at his high school, his drama teacher introduced him to the Cape Comedy Collective at the age of 17. He subsequently job shadowed stand-up comedians from the comedy troupe for a school work experience programme and began performing on stage regularly with the group.He matriculated in 2002, and won the Sprite Soul Comedy Tour in December of the same year, after which he relocated from Cape Town to Johannesburg.
His television career began with appearances on SABC 1 in the Phat Joe Live talk show in 2002, and subsequently on the SABC 1 Pure Monate Show Sketch comedy series created by comedians David Kau and Kasigo Lediga in 2003. In 2007 he became the co-host of the SABC 2 Dinner with the President talk show created by Pieter-Dirk Uys playing the role of the black grandson of the satirist’s alter ego Evita Bezuidenhout. In 2010 he became the host of the Late Nite News satirical series he co-created with fellow comedian Kasigo Lediga. The show was nominated for an International Emmy Award for best Comedy Series in 2013.
He has recently finished recording his 30 minute show for netflix which the whole world is going to experience. Please do tune in tonight as we will hear more about his journey in the comedy industry. #TSAon3