Ntandazo Vuyile Mtshengu, stage name CranX was born in a small town called Kokstad in Kwazulu-Natal South Africa in 1995, but his parents moved to Matatiele in the Eastern Cape in 1997.
He is a dance music producer, vocalist, pianist and Dj. He currently studies sound engineering at Emendy College. He was only 3 years old when he started playing the piano. His father taught him a basic melody of the South African National Anthem and he caught on quite quickly and in just a few months, he could follow the melody of almost any song that he heard.
He started his primary school life at St Monica’s in Matatiele. In 2006 he went to King Edward High School, where his music passion grew stronger and he started producing and writing his own songs since, which were mostly Hip Hop and RnB at the time. In 2010 he went to Durban High School and while he was there, he got involved in quite a few concerts and productions. He heard Electro Music for the first time in 2013, when a friend of his played him a song called Language by Porter Robinson. Since then he fell in love with the genre and he’s been producing Electro House mixed with a South African House feel to it.
Jeremy Loops arrived on South Africa’s music scene with an unexpected commercial force, debuting at No. 1 on iTunes in 2014 with his debut albumTrading Change, topping radio charts, and quickly developed a cult following in his homeland. The album would go gold in South Africa, be crownedAlbum of the Year by iTunes SA, and win multiple awards including the MTV Africa Music Award for Best Pop & Alternative in 2015. An environmentalist and avid traveller, Loops’ natural urge to explore unknown physical spaces extended to his music too, and soon he prioritised touring Europe and North America to test how universal his music really is.
A cult live following replicating that in South Africa quickly emerged in Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland, with Trading Change charting in each nation. A support tour opening for Twenty One Pilots on their Blurry Face Tour came in quick succession, as did a sold out 30,000 ticket European headline tour of his own.
With Trading Change being well-received, it was the live shows that won international audiences over. Relentless touring from early 2014 to the end of 2016 laid the foundation for the next level. Down South, the lead single from Trading Change, had Jeremy charting in the Benelux region and in Germany, with huge radio support in both countries, and over 20 million streams.
In early 2017 Loops entered studio with Jake Gosling (James Bay, Lady Gaga, Shawn Mendes) and later that year with Will Hicks (Ed Sheeran, Lilly Allen, Bastille) to record his follow up album. Waves, the first single from the currently untitled project, is a woozy summer song, with Loops’ signature guitar licks, vocal turns, and ear for melody over world class contemporary production.
In Critical As Water, his new album led by the woozy summer anthem ‘Waves’, he looks to translate this cult following in Europe and Africa into a global movement.
The album will be available worldwide on the 16th of March, but is now available for pre order on http://smarturl.it/JeremyLoopsCriticalW
The Secret Recipe is a duo of two farm Boytjies (Reneuoe Kortjaas and Herman Moolman), from Matatiele and Limpopo respectively who started working together in the winter of 2017. A little description of them individually below:
Reneoue Ramses Kortjaas
Reneoue "Ramses" has had a strong musical influence throughout his life since he was a young boy and professionally started producing in 2017. His Influences from a young age include, Brenda Fassie, Mafikizolo, Frank Sinatra, Timberland, Aaliyah and most recently Jay-Z, Sohn, Black Coffee, Oskido and various other consistent artists in the South African music industry. Ramses (Producer) is an avid consumer of different genres of music which inspires the music that listeners hear, when they hear The Secret Recipe.
Herman Jaxxwell Moolman
Herman "Jaxxwell"(Composer) is from a small town in Limpopo (Tzaneen), his love for music also began at a young age. He started composing in high school when he was grade 10 and fell in love with the idea of getting his music out into the world and sharing his talent.
His influences from various artists is what gives Herman Jaxxwell's music its own unique sound and it's distinct touch, and that is what sets him apart from everyone and makes him an invaluable member of The Secret Recipe.
The two are avid producers of music ranging from house to hip hop, to a dubstep that will have your feet tapping. With no limits to their creativity when in studio. The two have their sights set on global domination in their own right within the music industry. Where their words fail, their music speaks.
Have a listen and what you hear will touch your Soul.
You can listen to The Secret Recipe's music on soundcloud by following the link below:
DJ Maphorisa keeps the hits coming as he teams up with DJ Shimza and Moonchild Sanelly to bring you his hit song Makhe.
Known for crafting hits for renowned local and international artists such Wizkid, Shekhinah, Drake, Major Lazer, Mafikizolo and Kwesta, Maphorisa is now on a journey to establish himself as an incredible solo artist.
Ever wondered what is happening this coming weekend, at the different rave stations? Ravers Lifestyle brings you the latest news, upcoming gigs and where your favourite Dj’s will be every weekend. Stay in tune for the Electro music charts, both local and international music.
Ravers Lifestyle is a Emendy Radio show hosted by CranX. It focuses on the latest news in the dance music scene in South Africa and international. It brings you the latest dance music from around the world and the listeners get the opportunity to listen and rate their favourite songs. It is also a show that will give upcoming Dj’s and producers the platform to showcase their talents and get exposure. Every week we have a 30 minute mix from our Dj’s and guests and end the show off with the Top 10 International and Local tracks.