The two South African acts will now head to London in February 2014, to join the line-up of Roundhouse Rising, an annual new music festival that pioneers and platforms the best in new music.
Wildebeats and The Brother Moves On were chosen by a panel of judges who experienced some of the best new music South Africa has to offer over two nights this weekend, making the decision in this landmark contest a difficult one.
Live @ The Alex played host to The Brother Moves On, Reason and The Watermark High on Friday while Bateleur, Wildebeats and Andy Mkosi brought their top game to The Assembly on Saturday. To see the full list of nominated and shortlisted artists, visit http://futuremusicza.wordpress.com.
The judging panel was Diane Coetzer, Contributing Music Editor, Rolling Stone South Africa; Percy Mabandu, Arts Journalist, City Press; DJ Kenzhero; Oliver Kluczewski, Music Programme Producer, Roundhouse; Heather Davina Campbell, Trainee Event Producer, Roundhouse; Lee Molefi, Johannesburg Editor, Live Magazine SA and Buhle Mweli, Editor, Live Magazine SA.
“The standard of all the artists was so incredibly high and it was a massive honour to be a part of the connection and to hear so much great music,” said Oliver Kluczewski, music programme producer for Roundhouse.
“After lots of heated debate with all the judges the winners were selected. Both of these artists are really trying to push their own music potential and drive forward the progressive, exciting and powerful sound of the new music scene in South Africa. They are both in the right position to really maximise the Roundhouse Rising festival performance and the opportunity to connect with the UK music industry. Above all though, these musicians are making undeniably great music that will no doubt take London by storm.”
“I am seriously humbled to even be mentioned in the same breath as the likes of Bateleur and The Brother Moves On,” commented Wildebeats on hearing the news. “But to be actually chosen is the biggest honour. Thank you.”
“The road has been long and there are many people to thank for keeping us motivated through it all,” added The Brother Moves On. “The gratitude that we feel towards you all and each other is profound to say the least. We are humbled and honoured. Our gods clearly worship and adore us. In the world we see abundance, joy and love and music. Thank you for sharing this with us.”
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