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INDEPENDENT MUSIC EXPORTERS SOUTH AFRICA: IMEXSA is is proud to offer its export-ready musicians, managers and company representatives export ready training and showcase opportunities: A moving trailer of hope, lead by passion to change lives and make dreams come true, this right here is a movement challenging perceptions of what it takes to be a successful independent musician in South Africa. 
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Monday, February 6 • 17:00 - 22:30
Showcase Day 1

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Showcase Acts: 
  1. Tinah, 
  2. Deslynn, 
  3. Desiree, 
  4. Josh Cele, 
  6. MXO, 
  7. Tancred, 
  8. Roots, 
  9. Tsholo, 
  10. Marley Bloo, 
  11. Sive Dumbisa, 
  12. Nokuthula fundama, 
  13. Lebogang Kgaphola, 
  14. Tirhani Mabasa,
  15. Nomhle Nongogo, 
  16. The Salaphi Sistas, 
  17. SSPEL
  18. Pamela Mpanza
  19. Skank and The Roots

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Artist, Independent Artist
Desiree was born into a musical family and started out as a backing vocalist for her brothers Blondie and Pappa Makhene touring with them all over Africa from age 18 until her calling into ministry. She has always been involved in different projects; her first official project... Read More →
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Born in Johannesburg with roots in the Eastern Cape, Deslynn is a Cape Town girl by heart. A singer, songwriter and performer, Deslynn is a lover of the arts in the purist form. While others pursue the industry for money or fame – Deslynn simply loves music and the opportunity she... Read More →
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Born in KwaNdengezi, KwaZulu Natal, to the late Edmund Khoni Cele and Mavis Feziwe Cele (still alive), Josh would later relocate to the Eastern Cape in the mid-90s. This is where he participated in choral music and choristered the young Maskhule Choir (1996). After that choir he joined... Read More →
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Lebogang Kgaphola

Born and bred in Mpumalanga Lebohang is a middle child of three, raised in a Christian home where her burning passion for singing began in church. Her extraordinary unique hoarse alto tone came to light on Sunday mornings, belting out solo performances of classics such as “amazing... Read More →


Lufuno Munzhelele is a reggae artist who hails from Venda in Limpopo. He is a producer, writer and a guitarist. Lufuno is working on an album due for release in 2017.'Li do da duvha' is Lufuno Munzhelele's first single from the album. Lufuno plays is also a member of the 'Next Generation... Read More →
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Marley Bloo

Artist, Independent Artist
W.A.R We Are Rebels is a collective of artist who have unified and started a movement with Marley BloO as their Captain. Marley BloO makes music that is deeply routed and cultured and yet has an international sound that would make it very easy for the rest of the world to identify... Read More →
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Port Elizabeth born and bred MXO (real name Mxolisi Lokwe) took a train in 1999 to the "city of gold" to pursue his musical career, and he has never looked back. Soon after his arrival in Johannesburg, MXO started performing at nightclubs and various other gigs in Hillbrow, Berea... Read More →
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Nokuthula fundama

Nokuthula Fundama was born in Kwa - Thema ( Gauteng, South Africa ) .She started singing in her teens .She he is an IT graduate who decided to follow her passion and do music full time. Her first debut album was released called Ngizoqina was released in 2015 . This album won the 2016... Read More →
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Nomhle Nongogo

Manager, On The Rise
Nomhle Nongogo began her professional music career in early 2000 as a session musician and by 2002 she was one of the most sought after backing vocalists in the gospel music scene. She then joined the Award-winning gospel music group Joyous Celebration under the leadership of Lindelani... Read More →

Pamela Mpanza

Soweto born and bred , Pamela Mpanza is an incredible vocalist whose voice conjures up every emotion she sings, At age 12 her vocal prowess was already recognizable, gracing primary school assemblies , her passion for music as an art grew as she progressed through high school and... Read More →
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Over two decades 2 young authentic South African and very traditionally cultured music duo, MXO & SLIQ Angel took an advantage of their respective talents and love for each other’s work. They decided to travel a musical journey through the discovery of the best of their musical... Read More →
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Sive Dumbisa

South African Afro-soul singer,songwriter and self-taught guitarist from Eastern Cape Butterworth. He is a Social conscious and solution advocate that inspires,spreads love and a remedy to the broken hearted through his music.Singing at the age of 7years at home and in Sunday school... Read More →
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Skank and The Roots

Artist, Independent Artist
Skank and The Roots is a 5 piece reggae band from Uitenhage in Nelson Mandela Bay. The band is composed of Eric “Skank” Mooi on lead vocal, Desmond “Rebel” Dabula on Drums, Mkhangeli “MK” Matiwane on Bass, Deon Manell on guitar and Frank Barends on Keyboards. Skank and... Read More →


SSPEL stands for Spreaders of Gospel; it’s a gospel music group consisting of 7 male vocalists and 3 band members , it was formed in a rural area of Eastern Cape called Ndevana location under King William’s town and it was formed by Khayalethu Ngalonkulu and Spheni Bakubaku. In... Read More →
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Netshiongolwe Tshifhiwa Tancred born 08/February 1970 at fondwe village, Thohoyandou, South Africa, Son of Tshinakaho and Maluta Johannes. started schooling at Fondwe Primary School, Proceeded Phiriphiri sec School and graduated at Makhado College, Mentored physically by Mr. Rasikhinya... Read More →
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The Salaphi Sistas

he Salaphi Sistas are an Afro pop duo comprised of sisters Enkosi and Tina Salaphi who were born and raised in a small town called Dutywa in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. They moved to Durban in 2015 to pursue music and started out singing as vocalists for DJ's. They have grown... Read More →
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tinah mnumzana

TINAH MNUMZANA Actress, Poet,Playwright, Theatre Director, Drama Teacher, Life coach, Motivational Speaker. Her career in the arts dates back to 1987 when she joined PACOFS. over 30 Television she has been in productions including an American series ER ( American TV series). SABC... Read More →
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Tirhani Mabasa

Artist, Independent Artist
Tirhani Mabasa is an award winning Musician. She has also beenjoy awarded best Xitsonga album at Satma11; she has now been nominated for best Xitsonga New Comer, Best female artist and xitsonga most popular song of the year at XMA14. She is also a freelance TV Anchor and a Voice over... Read More →
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Artist, Independent Artist
I believe that I'm coming with a different taste of SA gospel genre(Afro pop and soul) that the world needs to hear. After being at France seeing how other artists showcase their work, I feel that I have a space in the market that the world be excited about. The world is waiting for... Read More →

Monday February 6, 2017 17:00 - 22:30 SAST
Lyric Theatre Gold Reef City