Featured Artist - Holly Wasserfall
Holly is a young lady from Durban who is a house artist. She emulates the hope we have of a Rainbow Nation. She is a young woman who is passionate about our home, South Africa. In her latest single ‘Khula’, she teams up with Cuebur, singing to the youth: encouraging them to grow and make good decisions.
Styled by Carol Clark, she now works with the designer who is mentoring her in fashion and design, in hopes of one day releasing her line in Carol Clark stores.
“House music is huge in South Africa, as you well know. It is also a predominantly black and male dominated scene, so we were intrigued when we came across the impressive first single off the forthcoming album of a very young and unmistakably white Holly” – Thisisafrica.me
Writing in a recent edition of the Sunday Magazine, the Sunday Tribune’s Buhle Mbonambi, said ““Holly surprised many early 2013 by putting her music on the backburner to focus on her Matric. As she had planed to release her second album the next year, all eyes were on her.
Holly burst onto the music scene in 2010 with her pop EP, Strawberry Skies. Five years later, she is still working hard to make sure her career has longevity. She has experimented with house and kwaito music, achieved crossover appeal and has collaborated with some of South Africa and Africa’s top musicians.”
This Durban teen, already a musical powerhouse, is an experienced singer- songwriter, live performer, as well as studio session regular with a penchant for soulful, deep house and dance music. Holly cites musical influences like Lighthouse Family, David Grey, Hugh Masakela, Busi Mhlongo, Black Coffee, Zakes Bantwini and Oskido.
She is no stranger to collaborations and strives to create music without boundaries. Since the age of 13 she has collaborated with musicians from Mozambique, Senegal, Congo and Nigeria.
In 2011, while touring as part of the Ukhozi FM Roadshow Holly was introduced to renowned producer and performer,
Mondli Ngcobo (Black Coffee, Oskido, and Big Nuz) who suggested they collaborate on an urban music project. She has never looked back.In 2012 she began work on her urban project, ‘Vanilla House’ which was released as a full length album in early 2014. However the release of a three track EP piqued the interest of many local labels. As a relative newcomer to the house music market, Holly has been embraced by the KZN House Music community and its audiences.
Her entry into the market has positioned her as a positive inspiration to the audience and fans both on and off the stage. Holly is a young artist who is driven to making a difference through music.
Her passion for youth development is contagious and her social involvement in a variety of projects was recently rewarded with an Accolade by the City of Durban for her contribution to Arts and Culture.
In the male dominated arena of SA music Holly has already proved she packs a punch that has as much musical power as any of her male counterparts. "She has also been noticed by the West African industry and has collaborated on a track with Lagos based star Ice Prince.”
Her lyrical content gives us a glimpse into the mind of a strong, passionate young woman, dealing with obstacles, triumphs and occasional heartaches and facing them with strength. Although she has her feet firmly planted in Durban Holly has her site set on winning over the rest of South Africa and building her fan base across Africa
I choose to live by choice, not by chance, to make changes, not excuses, to be motivated not manipulated, to be useful not used, to excel not compete. I choose self esteem not self pity. I choose to listen to my inner voice not the random opinions of others. I choose love not hate.
"Let your faith be bigger than your fear" – Unknown
"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken" - Oscar Wilde
Holly is due to collaborate further with other artists soon.
Holly collaboration with DJ Nkoh
There are many producers who have contributed to the evolution of South African House Music, Arnold Nkombose Madlala a.k.a Dj Nkoh, who hails from Malukazi Durban, is on that list.
As a popular KZN DJ Producer, Nkoh is recognised as one of the pioneers of Durban Underground. His personal evolution as a producer has seen him go from producing hip hop to kwaito and house but he is best known for his contribution to the Durban Gqom sound.
He has worked with Lvolvo Derrango on tracks like Touch Lets Go and Izangoma, he produced the highly acclaimed Zulu Love Letter which featured on the Kwaito groups, Skompazi’s album. He then moved to Joburg and released his debut album under Ghetto Ruff Records.
It was here that he got the opportunity to work with Jozi members Ishmail/Da Les and Malik and he has worked alongside many Jo’burg artists
artists adding the “Durban touch” to the Jo’burg scene. His production featured on DJ Fisherman’s track Izinja Ze Mpilo featuring Oskido and Dr Malinga. He also produced tracks for DJ Cleo, Teddy Bears, and more.
In Durban, Nkoh has had the opportunity to produce and collaborate on hits for Afrotainment’s Big Nuz and many of Durban’s top artists like, Tzozo, DJ Sgqemeza, Benzy no Mzeyks, MaGroovies, Msawawa and many more.
What makes Nkoh stand out as a producer is his rawness, his rhythms and his direct approach to the dancefloor. There are no pretensions. In the production of Give Me Love ,
Nkoh has reached out of his comfort zone, experimenting with new elements. Nkoh’s production has clearly evolved into a more international sound that will appeal to the both the local and European tastemakers. Give Me Love has a Tropical Afro Dance sound, the marimba and African percussions combined with a big brass section give this track it’s up tempo groove.
Yet again Holly brings a killer hook to another great collaboration. At just 20 years old this South African singer songwriter has worked hard at pacing her career while building a credible body of work through great songwriting.
Her feature on Nkoh’s production lends a world class melodic vocal plate to Give Me Love. It is no mystery why many producers want to work with this gem of a songwriter whose unique voice and her ability to fuse Pop with Afro House sounds gives her the edge.
‘Give Me Love - DJ Nkoh ft Holly ’ YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/_r-VTdi04Gk
Give Me Love - DJ Nkoh ft Holly
Composed by: Arnold Nkombose Madlala & Holly Wasserfall
Written by: Holly Wasserfall
Mastered by: Rogan Kelsey
ISRC Code - ZA 07U-00011
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Press Contact: Vivienne Wasserfall 060 498 6982 email@example.com
Taxi 2 Kasi - The Second Season
The first Season of Taxi2Kasi was a huge success with Taxi Loads of City Slickers jumping on board local minibus taxi’s for their first Sunday Shisanyama experience.
Over the last five years the rise of the Urban Shisanyama Culture in the outer suburbs of Durban has seen the local butcheries grow from humble corner shops to thriving social hotspots.
The concept is simple. Choose your favourite cuts from a selection of short-rib, brisket, chops, steak, chicken, boerewors, liver or pork chops from the butchers display fridge. All meat is usually sourced from the same suppliers delivering to top Durban restaurants.
Once you’ve selected your meat it is weighed and spiced. You hand it over to a resident Braaimaster who cooks your meat to absolute perfection while you’re entertained by a line up of local DJ’s and Artists.
Following the success of the First Season of Taxi 2 Kasi in 2015 we are making the “Last Sundays” of summer in the Kasi a regular event. Taxi 2 Kasi was initiated by local House Artist, Holly, who wanted to make her performances in the outer suburbs of Durban accessible to a larger audience.
After spending three years making and performing music in the Kasi Suburbs of Durban and having performed at all the major eThekwini Shisanyama hotspots, Holly wanted to share her Kasi experiences with her inner city fans and friends who had not yet discovered the brilliant vibe of the Shisanyama hot spots in the Kasi.
This year Holly has joined forces with local Graphic Designer and Tastemaker, Ryan Renaud and Tate Mchunu, owner of Tate’s Kasi Grill to grow the concept into a fully fledged monthly event on the Durban Calendar.
The Taxi 2 Kasi team have also teamed up with two of Durban’s leading Backpacking Lodges, giving them the opportunity to to offer the experience to their international guests. We meet at the Happy Hippo Rooftop Bar (222 Mahatma Ghandi Drive) at 4pm.
You can leave your car in a lock up undercover parking facility, have a sundowner at the Rooftop Bar, make new friends and then head off for your Sunday Shisanyama. Our first Taxi returns at 8pm with a second Taxi run returning at 10pm.
Tickets are available from the Happy Hippo Reception for R150. Alternatively get your ticket on the Taxi.
Our ticket price includes your Shisanyama experience and the return taxi fare.
Drinks are not included but the bar is well stocked with a large range of beverages. Bring cash for drinks or there is an ATM in the venue. You don’t have to worry about drinking and driving because our Taxi has you covered.
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Have a ROCKING 2016 and we look forward to seeing you at the shows
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