5 hot African artists to look forward to at SXSW in Texas this year

by: Shingai Darangwa - 26 February 2016

Fresh from his first performance on South African soil, Petite Noir, is about to take his noirwave to the other side of the world, to Beyonce’s hometown, Texas. Here, he will perform at one of the biggest music conference and festival in the world – the South by SouthWest (SXSW). But he isn’t the only one repping the continent out there this month, here are a few African performers who will be joining over 2000 signed and unsigned acts as well as the 30 000 revelers at this year’s festival:





After recently touring Europe and appearing on legendary British hip-hop DJ Tim Westwood’s show, K.O has now reached another career milestone by being enlisted to perform at SXSW in Texas. K.O has been one of South Africa’s most consistent rap stars with his most recent album Skhanda Republic going gold and spawning multiple hit singles including Caracara – which was the first South African hip-hop video to reach a million views on YouTube. Let’s hope he delivers a knockout performance.


-StonebwoyStonebwoy is a multi-award winning Ghanaian dancehall artist. Having scooped “Best International Act” at the BET Awards, Stonebwoy has been making waves on the international stage for a minute now. He possesses a genre-defying musical style and is considered a versatile rapper by some and a reggae artist by others. This versatility transcends genre boundaries and makes him one of the most unique artists on the continent (and perhaps in the world). With his unique style set to grace the SXSW stage in March, there’s bound to be a few Texans yippee ki-yay’ing to his music.

Moonchild Sanelly

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Moonchild Sanely is a singer, poet, dancer, designer. Her versatility and unique flavour has giving her international acclaim. The New York Times recently labelled her Johannesburg’s coolest resident. But it’s her work in music that has landed her on this list. After recently releasing her first full-length album, Rabalupha!, Moonchild has seen her unique, genre-bending sound travel across the world. She calls this sound ‘future ghetto funk’, a genre all on its own. She’s set on a world tour and a special visit to the world famous SXSW concert in Texas. No doubt she’ll rock it.

Petite Noir

Petite Noir_Feb 2016_©OneLiwani-1Young rapper/producer Petite Noir will be touring Africa, Europe and USA from February 6 until March 26 as part of his Life is Beautiful world tour. He’s appeared at several festivals in Europe and dropped his debut album “La Vie Est Belle / Life Is Beautiful” late last year. Having been featured on the likes of Dazed, Pitchfork and The Fader, Petit Noir is no stranger to the world stage. Currently based in Cape Town (and occasionally London), the half-Angolan, half-Congolese artist has a unique sound that is sure to take SXSW by storm.

Read our interview with Petite here.

Dex Kwasi

12662641_694314190710623_1558899817553211425_nGhanaian rapper, producer and DJ Dex Kwasi is on the rise. Born in Dallas, Texas this young emcee bounces between Oklahoma City and Accra on a regular basis. He worked with Sarkodie last year on the hit song “You Mome”, which had Sarkodie calling him one of the best artists he’s worked with – and Sarkodie has worked with a fair share of big names including Ace Hood. Performing in the state he was born in, Dex Kwasi will be expected to show up in a big way.