What Went Down?

On Saturday, 30 November, fans and avid music lovers gathered in Braamfontein to witness their favorite band being selected as the winner of AFROPUNK Battle Of The Bands competition. The competition, now in its 3rd year in South Africa, traditionally selects one band as a winner, but in a shocking turn of events, two competing acts, Muney and Shameless were announced as the 2019 winners. Competing at the final Battle Of The Bands competition were Raspy, Muneyi, Shameless and Yanga Yaya. The finalists were selected through a public voting system hosted on where fans got to vote for their favorite band, putting them a step closer to the finals.

What’s Next?

Apart from performing at the AFROPUNK festival, the two upcoming bands will receive a prestigious distribution deal from Africa’s leading artist development hub, AFRICORI. Previous winners include the likes of Red Robyn, Ikati Esengxoweni and Stiff Pap who all have been steadily progressing in their music careers since performing at the competition.

About The Winners?

MUNEYI: Hailing from the green, rural Venda, Muneyi is a 23 year old Tshivenda Indie – Folk singer songwriter. His sounds are inspired by the world around him, human behaviour, love, and his upbringing. Many have described his music as a healing experience and some, as a meeting with the gods. Inspired by some of Africa’s greatest, Muneyi hopes to connect, heal and inspire with this sound that is deeply rooted in old Tshivenda folktales and modern sounds. His debut single, ‘Lufuno’ is available on all streaming and downloading platforms.

SHAMELESS BAND: Shameless SA was founded in January 2018 by Musa Zwane, Thabang Marant and Thabo Masina. Since then the band has found great success in the music industry by performing in various venues in Gauteng. The band is formed by three talented musicians that are passionate about creating songs that identify with their audience. The band play a form of Tribal / Rock music that they coined as “iRock Yezi Nkabi” which means in Zulu – Zulu Assassins. The sound has been compared to heavy, aggressive and direct communication. Their music contains lyrics that relate to issues facing the youth.

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