Award winning band, Uhuru, to make highly anticipated UK appearances

Published: 06 September 2014 | by Dakota Digital
Award winning band, Uhuru, to make highly anticipated UK appearances
Uhuru - Photo supplied
South African quartet Uhuru is a contemporary band with an exclusive new age sound blending rap, gospel, dance, jazz and more.

The dynamic group is made up of hugely talented individuals who have raised the bar in the contemporary African music industry.

Maphorisa (Themba Sekowe) and DJ Clap (Sihle Dlalisisa) bring a wealth of producing and DJ expertise to the table, Mapiano is an accomplished pianist while Xeli lends his vocal skills to the group's unique sound.

Uhuru has received widespread industry recognition, recently winning a handful of prestigious industry awards for its latest single, Y Tjukutja.


Uhuru ft. DJ Buckz, Oskido, Professor and Uri-Da-Cunha - Y-tjukutja


The band is set to perform two UK dates in September as part of their Y Tjukutja tour.

Y Tjukutja is the latest single to top local charts, taking it's name from  the slang phrase from Pretoria meaning 'shake yourself.'  

Uhuru will play their highly anticipated shows at the West Indian Centre on the 12th of September and Dunstable Leisure Centre on the 13th September 2014.  

The quartet will be joined by DR Malinga from South Africa who is famous for his dance moves and boasts sold out UK shows last year.


Dr Malinga ft Oskido - Jika


Jetting in from Zimbabwe and also set to share the stage with Uhuru are Zimbabwe dancehall support acts Soul Jah Love, Bounty Lisa and Sah Calez.  

DJ Stavo will also be returning to the UK to get the crowd going, after establishing himself as one of the acts to look out for following his performance in May at London's DJ CNDO UK Invasion.

Joining them will be the Gauteng crew Josi Chave (YFM) and Aero Manyelo (H3R) Josi has been making waves in SA on Yfm radio on the YTKO show which is aired every Wednesday at 6pm.

Aero Manyelo, former member of the crew Blackhole also featured on Oskido's church grooves 7 with the hit song My Prayer will be performing alongside UK based Oluhle of the Pfugama Unamate fame.

Maphorisa said, "We are constantly on the search for new and exciting ways to make music. We live and breathe beats and are committed to staying on the top of our game.  

"Our vision is to take the Uhuru sound beyond Africa and blow away a wider audience with our electrifying live performances!  

"We love performing in the UK, there is always such an energy here."

While Uhuru now share a professional relationship, they reveal that before signing with Kalawa Jazmee, they were just a group of friends creating contemporary African jazz.

It is this deep rooted friendship that keeps the band grounded and quashes any conflict.

Maphorisa added, "We've seen a lot of what goes on in the industry and can identify where many bands fall short, particularly when it comes to internal conflicts.

"As we've all been friends for over 10 years, we've reached a level of mutual understanding and that shines through in our music."


Mafikizolo ft Uhuru - Khona


The band's debut album 'Not Yet' was released in 2012, immediately enjoying huge success.

'Our Father' is the follow up and has won Uhuru some of the most prestigious African music awards in the business.

Recognition for Y Tjukutja include Best Collaboration at the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards, Song of The Year at the 2014 Metro FM Music Awards and Best Collaboration at the 2014 Metro FM Music Awards.

As well as enjoying colossal band success, the band has also lent their talent to a range of other musical ventures.

DJ Clap and Xeli have produced chart topping hits for big name artists such as DJ Zinhle, Dr Malinga, L'vovo, Proffessor and Mafikizolo while the band has also featured on Mafikizolo's award winning track, Khona.

To find out more about Uhuru and the other acts on the tour visit:
http://news.cision.com/dakota-digitalltd/r/uhuru-to-make-uk-appearances-after-dominating-african-music-charts-with-distinctive-sound,c9630209
https://www.facebook.com/events/588258901288823/
Download the new album from the iTunes store:
https://itunes.apple.com/za/album/our-father/id735170540
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Uhuru-kalawa/1401290756787080
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Uhurukalawa
- Dakota Digital
Tags: Uhuru, music, YTjukutja,

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