Stay True South Africa

Boiler Room & Ballantine's

The next stop on Boiler Room and Ballantine’s Scotch Whisky’s global Stay True Journey is the beating heart of South Africa’s electronic music scene – Johannesburg.

Robert Mahosana and percussionist Thabo “Smol” Mabogwane combine to form the backbone of Black Motion . The pair from Pretoria have an evocative sound that’s strongly rooted in deep, tribal house, which has resulted in two full length albums and spots on numerous South African-based compilations.

Drawing inspiration from deep house and afrobeat alike, Culoe De Song is not only an artist but a diplomat for African dance music. Still only 24, he has consistently exhibited a studio work horse attitude with three full length albums under his belt. As a result, his reputation is quickly rocketing towards icon status alongside co-label founder and regular collaborator, Black Coffee.

Known as ‘the master of mixing’, DJ Shimza has steadily earned his stripes within house music circles after winning a high profile DJ competition. Yet, more importantly, he’s a man of the people. Every year since 2011, he’s been hosting DJ Shimza’s One Man Show in his hometown of Tembisa, which provides orphans with a proper lunch and gifts on Christmas Day

Black Coffee’s impact on South African house music is indisputable. Since initially grabbing people’s attention with his self-entitled 2005 debut, Coffee has remained a lighthouse for soulful, vocal-led four to the floor. This coupled with an enviable skill set (fashion designer, entrepreneur and singer-songwriter) has helped take the Durban-born mastermind around the world, picking up numerous accolades along the way.