5 SA performances you need to see this weekend at the Cape Town Electronic Music Festival

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 10 February 2017

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The Cape Town Electronic Music Festival returns to Cape Town (and also Jozi, this time around) this weekend, and as usual, it promises to be a jump. Below we recommend five acts you shouldn’t miss at the Grand Parade in Cape Town.

Zaki Ibrahim

Zaki is an amazing performer. She’s light on her feet, and her vocals are enchanting. We can’t wait to see her perform her new songs from her latest EP Orbit: A Postcoital Prequel, which we listed as one of our favourite albums of 2016. If you are going to miss any performance, hers shouldn’t be on that list.


Push Push

There’s no telling what a rapper whose SoundCloud bio reads “Your girlfriend’s favourite rapper.” will do. This Eastern Cape-born up-and-coming rapper stretches boundaries with each and every release. She raps over varied electronic beats, and sounds at home. The fact that we don’t know what to expect is what makes us even more excited.

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Image courtesy of artist.

Image courtesy of artist.

Moonchild’s music is hard to categorise – it borrows from house, kwaito, pop and electro. Her singing is natural, like, she doesn’t even try. Her fashion sense makes her a spectacle to witness and her energetic stage antics complete her set. We are looking forward to seeing her perform hits like “Rabulapha” and “Fox with That”, and we are certain she will bless us with new material.



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The Cape Town rapper is a strong lyricist, but his stage game is one trait that puts him in a league of his own. While most rappers rely on fans rapping along to their famous hits, Youngsta, with his clear delivery, demands your attention. You will hear every punchline, metaphor and simile, and those “Oh”s are a guarantee from you.

STAB Virus

This newly-formed Cape Town duo consists of Makonwabe Bekwa (Audiojerk) and Siphe Tebeka. Their mixes are as on point as their own compositions. Down a few Red Bulls and get your dance moves ready for their set – it promises to be lit. We hope to hear more new music from the two.

Peep the full line-up here and revisit our coverage of the festival from last year, here.

Holding image taken at last year’s CTEMF, by Storm Wright