Republiek van Zoid Afrika Arena Concert:
Friday 15 June at Sun Arena Times Square, Pretoria.
With Karen Zoid, Vusi Mahlasela, Kahn Morbee, Francois van Coke, Zolani Mahola, Ross Learmonth, Jo Black.
Republiek van Zoid Afrika(kykNET) has fast become a firm favourite when it comes to local television, showcasing interviews and musical collaborations with a variety of prolific South Africans. This year – for one night only – Karen Zoid and friends are going to bring down the house in this exceptional live concert. Expect some of the biggest hits from the award-winning TV show with top SA artists that have been guests on the show, as well as special appearances by legendary guitarist and music producer Theo Crous and Mielie Senekal, one of the favourite RZA skits’ characters.
Her music has, without a doubt, shaped our culture and she has dominated the airwaves for the past decade. Zoid also has a prominent presence in primetime television with her weekly talk show Republiek van Zoid Afrika on kykNET. She has received numerous music and television awards and has had more than 32 number one hit singles on iTunes. Zoid has shared the stage with the likes of Annie Lennox, John Mayer and Metallica and, according to an article in TIME Magazine a few years ago, she is an icon in the South African music scene.
Francois van Coke
He rose to fame as the iconic front man of legendary South African rock band Fokofpolisiekar and Van Coke Kartel. In April 2015, Francois launched his self-titled debut solo album and kicked his solo career into gear with the release of the most poignant ballad of that year – Toe Vind Ek Jou – featuring Karen Zoid. It was the first Afrikaans album and single to simultaneously jump to number 1 positions on the SA iTunes Store and the music video was viewed over a million times within 6 months – later being announced as the biggest Afrikaans music video of 2015. Fokofpolisiekar released a new album “Selfmedikasie” in 2017 – and recently won the SAMA Awards for Best Rock Album.
Zolani Mahola (Freshlyground)
Mahola is the lead singer for the legendary group Freshlyground. After the band released their second album, Nomvula, in 2004, The Sunday Times described her as one of South Africa’s most inspiring singers. Zolani has toured the country in support of English pop singer Robbie Williams and collaborated with Shakira in the performance of Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) during both the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Kahn Morbee (The Parlotones)
After 19 years of fronting multi-SAMA-winning rock/pop band The Parlotones, Kahn Morbee launched his solo career performing as K A H N, with his debut album being nominated for a SAMA award. With a compelling stage personality of his own and a reputation for enthralling audiences, he appeared as coach on The Voice SA alongside Karen Zoid, Lira and Bobby van Jaarsveld. The Parlotones have headlined the 20,000-seater Coca Cola Dome and performed at many European and American music festivals with, among others, the Kings of Leon, Imagine Dragons and The Cure.
Jo Black grew up in Pretoria North and started working after school. He ran his own construction company for 8 years before realising that there is more to life than just work. Wanting to empower people to be the best version of themselves, Jo launched the Be that Guy movement which took off instantly and fast became an overnight success. His debut single Skepe was launched in 2016 and reached over a million hits on Youtube within 5 months. The album with the same title won the SAMA Award for Best Contemporary Album (2018). Jo’s musical performance is dynamic and easy listening, and the inspirational songs will leave you with a smile and wanting more.
Vusi is a South African singer-songwriter fondly referred to as “The Voice” of South Africa, with themes including the struggle for freedom, forgiveness and reconciliation. Vusi has released seven studio albums in South Africa and was signed to Dave Matthews’ ATO Records in 2003. He has performed at Nelson Mandela‘s inauguration in 1994 and subsequently at Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday Tribute in Hyde Park, London and at Mandela Day at Radio City Music Hall. His song “When You Come Back” was used as ITV‘s theme song for their World Cup coverage in 2010 and Vusi also performed at the FIFA World Cup Kick Off concert at Orlando Stadium in Soweto.
In 2012, the SAMA Awards honoured Vusi with a lifetime achievement award
Ross Learmonth (Prime Circle)
Ross is the front man of South African rock stalwarts Prime Circle. Formed in Witbank in 2001, Prime Circle have demonstrated unparalleled staying power with a dynamic signature sound that continues to evolve in exciting, progressive directions. Their six albums have all reached gold or platinum status and the band has won several SAMA awards and was nominated for Best Artist in African Rock at the All Africa Music Awards.Over the past few years, they have taken their powerful performance to international markets while not forgetting their massive South African fan base.