Rooted in Africa and packaged to the world, the Standard bank LUJU Festival line-up has always embraced the eccentric and unearthed the eclectic.

Music, dance, spoken word – all forms of creative expression engage and enlighten us with powerful messages and memorable performances.

In true Standard bank LUJU Festival style, our line-up this year will feature a wholesome mix of pan- African and international artists from across different genres who do more than simply entertain but use their art as a powerful form of creative expression.

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Music Programme

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Gcobani (SWZ)

Gcobani Sisekelo Masuku is an Afro-Soul guitarist, singer, songwriter and music producer who sings in siSwati, English and French, creating uplifting music to heal the soul.
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Thubillion (SWZ)

Thubelihle Magagula is a 19-year-old DJ and YouTuber known for his creative and unexpected mashups and mixes in the genres of Commercial House and Amapiano.
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Shane Cooper & MABUTA (RSA)

Shane Cooper & MABUTA are part of the new wave of South African Jazz, pushing the bounds of the Electronic/Dance music world.
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Radjha Ali (MOZ)

Radjha Ali is a singer and songwriter identifying with Afro and Afro-Jazz styles, influenced by the traditional dances of Mozambique.
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Amigo da Casa (SWZ)

Amigo da Casa plays African and Irish penny whistle and harmonica, mentored by legendary street performer Big Voice Jack. He has busked on the streets and subways of four continents.
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Mlindo the Vocalist (RSA)

Lindokuhle Mgedeza’s debut single Amablesser, was certified four times platinum, and his debut album, Emakhaya (2018), also went platinum and garnered 3 SAMA nominations. He released his second album, Lindokuhle, in July.
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Ezamaswazi (SWZ)

Mary-Ann Howard and Nompumelelo Zwane are Es watini’s Afro-Jazz/Soul powerhouse Ezamaswazi. Inspired by indigenous African songs, Ezamaswazi touch, heal and inspire souls with their breathtaking harmonic melodies.
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Thobile Makhoyane (SWZ)

Thobile Magagula, aka Makhoyane, fuses haunting vocals and the traditional Swati makhoyane and sitololo musical instruments with western ones to create a style of her own: ‘DloziRock’.
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Lura (CPV/PRT)

Lura's voice is unmistakable, infectious; overturning all boundaries of style, place and time in a celebration of Luso-African culture.
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DJ MBO (SWZ)

Mbongeni Sithungo, better known as DJ MBO, is one of Eswatini’s most sought-after DJs, whose focus is House music, infused with touch-notes from other genres.
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DJ LU (SWZ)

DJ LU began his DJ career in Pretoria. His musical tastes lie between Hip Hop, RnB and Dancehall, and he’s never afraid to combine different sounds.
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Msimisi (SWZ)

Msimisi’s soulful vocals and genre-crossing rhythms have made undeniable waves with audiences across the world.
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Sibusiso Malindzisa (SWZ)

Sibusiso Malidzisa is a Jazz pianist and composer in Johannesburg who has recorded and performed internationally, in South Africa, Ghana, Botswana, and Bahrain.
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Zakes Bantwini (RSA)

Known for his electrifying presence on stage, Zakes Bantwini – affectionately known as the King of Dance – is a versatile singer, producer, and songwriter.
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Oriiginelle (SWZ)

Makhosazane Thwala, AKA Oriiginelle, developed a passion for music at a young age, using it to celebrate the beauty, art and strength of being a woman.
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DJ Mkay (KEN/SWZ)

DJ Mkay is an events promoter, and performance DJ who fuses Hip-Hop, bouncy Afrobeat, Dancehall, Dance and other genres with Electronic bass to create unforgettable experiences.
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Speech Umlangeni (SWZ)

Speech Umlangeni is a producer, events promoter, marketing specialist and DJ, specialising in energetic Afro-Deep, Ancestral, Techno and Classic House music
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Nhlonipho & Kekelingo (RSA)

Nhlonipho is a talented singer, songwriter, and music theory lecturer who works with renowned international artists such as Kekelingo, a multi-instrumentalist from Soweto whose musical journey led to international stardom with The Muffinz before he embarked on a solo career.
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Tengesihle (SWZ)

Tengesihle Mimi Gwebu is a natural-born opera singer who is the reigning soprano champion of the annual Standard Bank Choral Music competition.
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Steve Umculo (RSA)

Steve Umculo is an upbeat and energetic singer/songwriter from Johannesburg. His music is a unique blend of Afro-centric grooves and Folk harmonies.
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Da Starr (LSO)

Da Starr (Naleli Lesala) is Lesotho’s Grand Spinna. His sets incorporate sounds from Hip-Hop, RnB, Neo-Soul, Bossa Nova, Lounge, Nu-Jazz and Disco.
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Uncle Karly (SWZ)

Uncle Karly is one of Eswatini’s most celebrated household names with a distinctive presence on the decks appealing to both youthful and more mature audiences
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King Don Thobela (SWZ)

King Don Thobela was born and raised in Makholokholo, Mbabane. He started his career in music in 2010 and characterizes his sound as Siswati Blues.
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Ami Faku (RSA)

Amanda Faku is a musician, performer and songwriter, and one of the most important voices to come out of South Africa in the last 5 years.

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Steve Umculo (RSA)

Steve Umculo is an upbeat and energetic singer/songwriter from Johannesburg. His music is a unique blend of Afro-centric grooves and Folk harmonies.
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Gcobani (SWZ)

Gcobani Sisekelo Masuku is an Afro-Soul guitarist, singer, songwriter and music producer who sings in siSwati, English and French, creating uplifting music to heal the soul.
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Ami Faku (RSA)

Amanda Faku is a musician, performer and songwriter, and one of the most important voices to come out of South Africa in the last 5 years.
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Nhlonipho & Kekelingo (RSA)

Nhlonipho is a talented singer, songwriter, and music theory lecturer who works with renowned international artists such as Kekelingo, a multi-instrumentalist from Soweto whose musical journey led to international stardom with The Muffinz before he embarked on a solo career.
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Lura (CPV/PRT)

Lura's voice is unmistakable, infectious; overturning all boundaries of style, place and time in a celebration of Luso-African culture.
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Uncle Karly (SWZ)

Uncle Karly is one of Eswatini’s most celebrated household names with a distinctive presence on the decks appealing to both youthful and more mature audiences