As part of the Connect ZA programme, the British Council is working in partnership with Black Major, an artist management agency, to bring Thris Tian and Blackfoot Phoenix, from London’s NTS Radio, to South Africa for a four day tour of the region from 16-19 July.
This well-travelled pair look forward to taking part in events in Johannesburg and Cape Town which will bring musicians together from across the country. They will also be involved in a film screening, a radio stream and DJ performances. You can find out more about some of the events further down the page.
About the UK artists
Thris Tian, from East London, is one of the founders of Boiler Room TV, an independent, underground live music show that has hosted shows in some 50 cities around the world. The shows take the form of video streams online; they regularly spotlight different genres including hip hop, jazz, classical and world music, but the main focus is always on emerging talent. Blackfoot Phoenix, from South London, was picked up by the Boiler Room initially as a video producer; he later became key programmer and earned his own show. Together, the pair combine for Dark & Lovely Global Roots, a weekly online radio show on NTS Radio, broadcast from London, exploring new music from around the world "without ever forgetting its roots."
"What I’m looking for is a great idea. Something that’s transferable, that appeals to different kinds of people, that has an identity and that is true to itself. Something that’s sustainable … I’ll help in whatever way I can to develop the person and their ideas, link them up with my kind of people"
– Thris Tian
The British Council's involvement
This project is part of SA-UK Seasons 2014 & 2015 which is a partnership between the Department of Arts and Culture, South Africa and the British Council. South African audiences get exposed to UK talent and South African artists get an opportunity to be showcased on a UK platform.
Selection of Events
Thursday 16 July 2015 - Music Curation in Different Spaces
This panel discussion with Thris Tian will look at music curation from traditional FM radio to online streaming and consider how technology has changed the way people access, consume and engage with music globally.
Friday 17 July - Cape Town Nu World Festival
Thris Tian and Blackfoot Phoenix perform as part of the line up for Cape Town Nu World Festival taking place over Mandela Day Weekend.
Sunday 19 July - Future Sound of Mzansi
Future Sounds of Mzansi is a documentary film by Spoek Mathambo & Lebogang Rasethaba which explores South Africa's vibrant electronic music scene. This will be screened and followed by sets from Ruffest, Christian Tiger School, Yolanda, Spoek Mathambo, Thris Tian and Blackfoot Phoenix. Sets will be recorded and broadcasted at a later date on the Dark & Lovely Global Roots NTS Radio show.
Blackfoot Phoenix mix
Ahead of the tour, Blackfoot Phoenix put together a mix of some of the African music that’s caught his ear recently and you can listen to it here: