South African native Themba burst onto the global dance scene in 2018 with a string of high profile
gigs and music releases.
This summer Themba is based in Ibiza as resident DJ at Black Coffee's
party at Hi, with shows at Ushuaia, Amnesia, Blue Marlin & Heart, while also touring in over 20
2019 saw Themba play at the Brixton 02 Academy in London, warming up for Black Coffee,
the Luciano & Friends party in Tulum Mexico & Paris Fashion week with Nic Fanciulli . At this
year's Miami Music Week he played at the Black Coffee and All Gone Pete Tong shows, where
Themba's set was used as the BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix for Pete Tong's show that week.
Themba's sound is forged from his African roots, incorporating local singers, songwriters and
percussionists to create his own unique take on electronic music. His 'Paliva EP' & 'Haai EP' were
both released on the Knee Deep In Sound label in 2018, as well as 'Vuma / Lost' on Yoshitoshi. The
highly acclaimed 'Who Is Themba?' on his own Herd label remained in the Beatport chart almost a
year after it's release. His music has been heavily supported by Black Coffee, Adam Beyer, Pete
Tong, Hot Since 82, Damian Lazarus, Masters At Work and many more of the world's most
influential tastemakers. More recent singles 'The Wolf' and 'iLEMBE' on Herd have caused a stir at
all of Themba's recent shows.
Themba's productions continue to break the mould and he has
numerous fresh releases lined up for 2019. He is also in demand as a remixer, adding his magic to
Paxx (Tulum) 'Djoloren' on Stealth and Deepshakerz ‘Tell Me’ forthcoming on Saved.
In his debut year, 2018 saw him play the Resistance, Elrow, supporting Faithless on tour and the
Corona Sunset festival all in South Africa & supporting Black Coffee on his UK tour. Other
highlights included his residency at Hi in Ibiza and a Mixmag Lab Live in NYC both with Black
Coffee. Themba also made his debut at Ushuaia, Blue Marlin and Pacha in Ibiza.
Capturing the industry's attention, Themba has already featured in Mixmag, DJ Magazine Ibiza and
DJ UK, Ushuaia Magazine, Faze and Deep House Amsterdam. His DJ mixes have featured on radio
including Pete Tong's radio show, Apple Music's Beats 1 and Ibiza Sonica. Themba was also
nominated for 'Best Newcomer' and this year is up for 'Best Breakthrough' at the Ibiza DJ Awards
and has presented a short documentary for Beatport called 'Monitor Johannesburg'.
Themba has been made an ambassador for the Bridges For Music charity in South Africa,
something very close to his heart. Themba & Dubfire hosted a workshop for young students at their
school in Langa, which aims to become a learning space and creative hub where these young,
talented individuals are able to pursue their dreams and develop their music skills, both in
production and the music business.
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