Our guide to the Superbalist is Rocking The Daisies acts you can't miss
By Hugh Upsher
You may have noticed that the Superbalist is Rocking the Daisies team have gone out of their way to bring together an amazing mix of diverse artists for the 2016 event. This is fantastic news in my opinion, but it also means that you’ll need to work a little bit harder to figure out how best to capture as much musical magic as humanly possible. I’ve made that task a little easier for you by imposing my personal picks for the weekend. You officially have a month to get tuned into these sounds.
Bridges For Music stage
Bridges For Music is a beautifully literal name for an organization looking to connect people through sound. They’ve brought together a dream team of DJs to kick off the First Thursday of Rocking the Daisies. My pick of the night would be DJ FOSTA, who has taken his house beats from Langa to the world stage, including a set at Glastonbury Festival.
Thor Rixon and Card on Spokes are both found within the mad scientist category of music producers, hence the Headspaza stage name. You never really know what these guys are doing or why they’re doing it, but it sure is fascinating to watch. Card on Spokes is the electronic front of the SAMA award winning jazz musician Shane Cooper, while Thor Rixon is yet to convince us that he is actually from this planet.
Nu World Beat Club
Hezron Chetty is a perfect act for the Nu World Beat Club, as it is the home of the misfits. If alternative, violin-led, instrumental music is what you’re all about then look no further. DJ Lag is another kid breaking out of the Durban scene, and the twenty-year-old has been pivotal in pushing the gqom sound that everyone is blogging about.
Two’s Up Stage
South African hip-hop has finally reached Superbalist is Rocking the Daisies in a big way. Both of these young rappers are sitting with multiple YouTube videos going well into the millions of views and the scariest thing is that they are just getting started. Catch Nasty C and Emtee this year so that in four years time when they headline, you can tell people you saw them ‘back in the day’.
I have to admit I wasn’t tuned into Mac Miller's music before the SxRTD announcement, but the bookers have landed a real gem of a talent. No question he’ll win the crowd over within the first thirty seconds of his set. Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness are a group I was lucky enough to come across at Daisies a few years ago, and have been smitten ever since. They’ve worked their way up to the main stage this year with a sound I can only describe as powerful. I assume they’ll be winning over thousands of more fans this time around.