Lekker Local Bands To Check Out In 2018

This treasured urban sprawl of ours has, in recent years, not had the best of luck with budding live music venues, but that hasn’t reined-in the power and emergence of some high-grade musical acts within its boundaries. Pretoria has been the birthplace and home to many of Mzansi’s premier musicians, songwriters, and singers who received notoriety over the world. There are legions of these masterly musical crews and individuals in and from Tshwane. Therefore, it certainly isn’t any surprise that we could list some of the lekkerest bands around.

Sea of Green

They have been around since 2010. This vigorous group of musos describe themselves as playing “party jazz”, but with influences ranging from swing, afro, blues, gypsy, rockabilly, and a little funk. They have performed all over the country; opening for Arno Carstens, and playing Oppikoppi a couple of times. Have a listen to their music on Soudcloud, and visit their website for bookings.


An instrumental hard progressive rock act inspired by the weather patterns in the Gauteng area. They haven’t been around for too long, but their most recent track ‘Breinbreker’ has more force than many ages-old acts could muster. They have played several shows in Pretoria, Centurion, and elsewhere. Take a listen to the track on Soundcloud, and visit the Facebook page. They will be playing The Grind Bar & Eatery on the 12th of October with Ruff Majik and Apocalypse Later.

Deon Bakkes and The Stolen Horses

The self-proclaimed gypsy jazzpunk orchestra from the capital city has graced audiences with their highly energised Stooges-meets-Reinhardt-esque bashes since 2016. With two studio albums under their belt, this group is making their way all over the land playing to electrified crowds. Head over to their website for all things Stolen Horses. They will be playing Aardklop in Potchefstroom on the 5th of October, Afrique Train Fest in Irene on 27th of October, and Smoking Dragon in Bergville on New Years Eve.

The Great Yawn

Started by Danielle Bakkes as a singer-songwriter project, with her on vocals accompanied by electric piano and guitar, this sensational act explores “simplicity and beauty” through their songs. It could be described as ethereal folk in some or other way, but the originality of the melodically crafted tones and melancholically infused lyrics makes for something entirely onto its own. They have an album currently in the works. They will be performing at this year’s Aardklop festival at the OntProp stage, Saturday, the 6th of October, 19:00.

Bad Peter

This indie folk-rock duo from the 012, consisting of PG Badenhorst and Alwyn Bekker, formed in March 2014. Eight months later they signed with The David Gresham Record Company, whom released the first of their albums. Their Mraz, Mayer, and Mumford/Lumineers infused sound has made its way onto two EPs; Let Go and Need To Hear. They have toured the country several times over, and continue to do so. Their website contains their entire repertoire of music, videos, and tour information. Give them a follow. Bad Peter will be playing the Befokte Fees in Stellenbosch on the 3rd of November.

Ruff Majik

An incendiary stoner rock and doom band straight out of our hometown, and founded back in 2012. The trio’s physical and audible aesthetic eclipses the finest anywhere. They emit fuzzed overdoses of sludge ’n roll melded in with heavily driven grooves. “The Atomic Trinity” has release three albums as of yet; two EPs, The Fox and The Bear, and their most recent studio album, Seasons. Head on over to their website for merch along with their entire back catalogue. These guys are headlining a series of shows called Season of the Witch in October. They will play Pretoria on the 12th of October at The Grind Bar & Eatery with Wolkberg and Apocalypse Later.

Die See

The Afrikaans progressive and art rock group hailing out of Pretoriabaai. (Listen to the albums, you’ll get it.) This group’s respective members have all been around the music scene and industry for more than just a couple of years. Die See itself started out in 2009, and has since been nominated for three SAMA awards for their two self-titled studio albums, I & II. The flowing explorative vocals coupled with smooth ambient electric guitar and propelled rhythms, make for songs all populated with pensive desolation and dense nostalgic overtones. It reminds of ocean landscapes and holidays gone by. The band will be performing several shows at the Aardklop festival as part of the “Spoke, Diewe en Digters” program along with Blinkruiter and Bacchus Nel on the 5th and 6th of October. Get both their monumental albums on Itunes, Spotify, Deezer, or wherever you get music.

Honourable Mentions: The Lectric Monks, We Are Charlie, Half-Sister, Greg Georgiades & Ultra Natives, Them Dirty Shrikes, and The Oh So Serious.

by David C. Steyn