Local artist Dithuso Selepeng was among a list of international stars that descended on Cape Town for the annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival.
Selepeng who goes by the moniker DT performed on a smaller stage with other South African and international acts.
Among others who shared the stage with the “Tote-remix” hit maker were Soweto’s award winning Beatbox Acapella group The Soil and award winning Dutch artist Tasha’s World.
Through the help of Content Connect Africa; one of South Africa’s biggest digital distribution companies Selepeng found his way onto the stage of one of Africa’s biggest show.
“It was an amazing show. I still can’t believe I shared the stage with Tasha’s World,” said DT in an interview with The Voice.
“I didn’t just share the stage with her, together with her band and back-up singers, they backed me on stage,” said Selepeng.
Tasha’s World was born Natascha Slagtand in Rotterdam in 1984.
The neo-soul artist is one of the revered performers of her generation. She has been compared to Jill Scott and Erykah Badu due to her rootsy and organic sound.
Her music is heavily laden with good sax and percussion with lyrics that could have been taken from a Joan Armatrading book.
“Although she is into Jazz, I quickly realized that she is a conscious woman.
She has a song called ‘Jah bless’ that is why I decided to do the song Steve Biko by Beenie Man. She fitted right in as a backing vocalist,” said Selepeng.
Selepeng, a former member of Dance Hall group Lords of the Ghetto said the Dutch Princess hinted that she would like to have him in Holland.
“She was impressed with my energy onstage and invited me to Holland,” he said.
Selepeng further while skeptics will be more concerned about how much he was paid to perform in Cape Town, he has other things to worry about.
“It is not always about the money. It is the bigger picture that matters.”
“Cape Town Jazz Festival is a big brand, and it is a big achievement to be associated with such a brand,” said Selepeng.