Bianca Santoro
Quickly making a name for herself on the local music scene is Bianca Santoro, a young singer-songwriter-guitarist from the KZN Midlands. Known for her fun and easy-going stage presence, this talented musician performs her own upbeat songs interspersed with a select repertoire of covers, all with her own unique twist!
Black Wiskey
With a shared passion for music and making music, Black Wiskey is an energetic three-piece from Vryheid in Northern KZN. Fronted by Phillip Taylor, who is known for his great stage presence and ability to draw audiences in, the band puts its own twist on some of your all-time favourite songs and mixes them up with original tracks to deliver a hugely entertaining live set. Simply put, Black Wiskey is everyone’s cup of tea!
Crimson House
With their unique brand of gypsy jungle music, Cape Town band Crimson House has earned a reputation as one of the best live acts in the country, delivering high-energy, dance-fuelled sets that leave audiences exhilarated and bouncing with reckless abandon! Riaan Smit fronts this mad troupe of musicians, which includes Nick Becker on alto sax, Gareth Harvey on baritone sax, Christoph de Chavonnes Vrugt on drums, Arno van Zyl on lead guitar/banjo and Jacques Jansen van Rensburg on bass.
Known for his distinctive, raspy voice and energetic live performances, Freddy Lalendle is hot property on the South African music scene. Having made his mark as frontman for top Durban indie-folk-soul trio The Subway Run, he was pushed even further into the spotlight and public eye after a successful run on the 2017 season of M-Net’s The Voice SA. Don’t miss Freddy-L and his band at this year’s White Mountain Festival!
Gunshot Blue
That single malt in your hand would have no flavour if it wasn’t for the aging process in those French oak flame-charred wooden casks. Johannesburg’s Gunshot Blue is the culmination, fermentation and distillation of many roads, towns, blood, sweat and tears all soaked up in one barrel. Exploring their musical landscape, you’ll be welcomed to the wholesome country hospitality of a Karoo farm kitchen, warm your hands to old school folk tales around a winter camp fire and enjoy the sweet taste of slowly brewed coffee blues.
Jamie-Lee Sexton
With a fresh and exciting new sound that incorporates a little funk, folk, pop and a whole lot of soul, this dynamic Johannesburg four-piece is fronted by Jamie-Lee Sexton (vocals, guitar, piano, ukulele), accompanied by Mark van Dijk (percussion), Danny Helsing (bass, vocals) and Steve Greyvenstein (lead guitar). Expect charismatic energy, unforgettable songs and an undeniable groove!
Jenny & The Jameses
Never failing to charm audiences, Cape Town’s Jenny & The Jameses is an original Celtic folk band comprising singer-songwriter Jennifer Eaves (lead vocals, guitar, piano), James Hall (violin, vocals) and multi-instrumentalist James Harvey (accordion, harp, flutes, vocals). Currently in studio recording their second album, this is one of the most fun and refreshingly honest bands on the circuit and definitely not to be missed performing live.
Jerry & The Bandits
An indie-folk band with spice, Jerry & The Bandits’ upbeat music is guaranteed to make you groove and sing along to their ultimate feel-good songs! This Johannesburg band has been folking things up since 2013 and is fronted by Jerry Quaintmere, whose husky vocals blend with the acoustic guitars and kick-drum pulse to lay the folk foundation for their sound, while the brassy saxophone and harmonica sprinkle some musical spice on top of this. Their aim? To make others love music as much as they do!
Jessica Martins
A new musical force to be reckoned with, Jessica Martins is a Durban three-piece that delivers a unique blend of musical sounds – from indie rock to reggae folk. Expect awesome vocals, keyboard, guitar, violin, traditional and new-age drums. The trio comprises singer-songwriter Jessica Martins, versatile vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Nathan McNiell, as well as renowned hybrid percussionist Nishalin Pillay on tabla, cajon and other drums from around the world.
Kaiti Faul
Flying in from Dallas, Texas – Kaiti Faul is back at White Mountain this year with some new and exciting stuff! Her strong vocals and authentic lyrics will hold your attention. Singing heartfelt songs, with passion and honesty, Kaiti is not one to be missed!
Known for his distinctive, powerful vocals, Durban singer-songwriter Lendel became something of a household name in 2009 after a successful run on Idols SA where he made it to the Top 4, later also becoming a finalist on the 2016 season of The Voice SA. Music Director at the Christian Revival Church (CRC), he is both a performing and recording acoustic, rock, blues artist, who never fails to wow audiences.
Luca Hart
Classically trained violinist and recording engineer Luca Hart creates her own compositions, ranging from soulful singer-songwriter ballads to cinematic soundscapes, always incorporating the violin. A creative one-woman force from Cape Town, she draws in audiences large and small with her honest and passionate performances.
Luke Lovemore
A Top 7 finalist on this year’s season of M-Net’s The Voice SA, Luke Lovemore is a singer, songwriter and guitarist with a powerhouse, smoky sound. Playing a fusion of blues, rock, and folk, the 23-year-old Durbanite began singing in his teens and went on to perform in various musicals and at the Stardust Theatrical Diner in Cape Town. After five years in the Mother City, he returned to his hometown where he formed a band and is currently working on material for his debut album.
Melanie Nash
The winner of this year’s Musician’s Gear Zone Acoustic Comp, which formed part of the build-up to White Mountain, is Melanie Nash, a Durban singer-songwriter and guitarist, whose sound is a blend of folk-pop and contemporary. Not only does she have a passion for song writing but she also teaches guitar and is a vocal coach. Describing herself as an old soul, untamed and drawn to the simple way of life, her greatest goal is to make a difference to people through her songs.
Mike Wagner
A drummer and singer-songwriter, Durban-based Mike Wagner is quickly making a name for himself on the music scene. Having played alongside the likes of Shadowclub, Prime Circle, Jeremy Loops, Ard Matthews and Seether as the drummer for Lieutenant Vinyl, he felt a call late one night to begin writing songs for himself, which gave birth to the Mike Wagner presented to the world today. If you love squeaking tekkies, losing your voice and want to party, Mike Wagner is your man!
All the way from Bloemfontein, Naledi is a singer-songwriter, acoustic guitarist from the well-known trio Simpl3 Stori3s. His journey in the music industry has moulded his sound into what it is today – an exciting, passionate, heartfelt and moving experience! Music is felt, not just heard and once you hear Naledi on stage, you will feel what music can really do to the soul. Get ready… and remember, “one thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain!”
Pan Latino
Guaranteed to get you up and dancing at White Mountain this year is popular Howick band Pan Latino with their infectious Latin-influenced sound. The four-piece comprises Bolivian-born Kéch Sánchez on vocals, guitar, pan pipes and charango; Abbo Hall on bass guitar; Daniël Rossouw on lead/rhythm guitar and Chris Melling on percussion.
Roarke Angelbright
An out-of-the-box singer-songwriter, born and raised in Durban, 20-year-old Roarke Angelbright has a unique style and presence on stage. Using a loop pedal to back up his acoustic rock style of guitar and vocals, his original music tells deep stories and crowd participation is a big part of his act.
Rox Baney
Part of the Durban music scene since her early teenage years, Rox Baney currently plays lead guitar for punk/hardcore band ‘Write Off’, and bass for metal band ‘The 6th Extinction’. But she has also recently emerged as a solo acoustic force! Staying true to her grunge/90s-style roots, her lyrical narratives are best described as alternative and thought-provoking.
Roxton met Herki
True indie artists with phenomenal vocal ability and beastly rhythm, Roxton met Herki was formed in 2015 when soloist Josh Roxton (vocals, guitar) met Herman ‘Herki’ Vercuiel (percussion) in a bar. Their unique sound became wildly popular and landed them on stages at major festivals around the country, often met by dancing crowds demanding encores. This is not your average sit-around-the-fire folk music; it is transcendental African folk, with layers of vocal play and ‘nu folk’ rhythms.
South Jersey Pom-Poms
A scandalously Durban-based collection of misfits, the South Jersey Pom-Poms comprises a disorderly vet, an un-medicated MD, a lofty linguist, an indelicate actress, as well as an undercover geologist. These gambolling gypsies offer an infectious, wry and sometimes whimsical musical experience, with their eclectic blend of pavement café chanteys and swing, gypsy, country, rock and pop elements, sung in English, French, Italian and German.
Tanner Wareham
Guitarist and keyboardist for successful Stellenbosch band, Dum-Chang, Tanner Wareham has also recently started pursuing a solo career as a singer-songwriter performing his own original material. With influences that include Paolo Nutini, The Lumineers and Ben Howard, expect acoustic-based music with a highly personal touch and a current folk and pop acoustic sound.
Tatum Holder
A vibrant singer-songwriter from Durban, Tatum Holder has an alternative indie-folk style and delivers a soulful and unique range of vocals and guitar, as well as happy-go-lucky ukulele tunes. Prepare to be captivated by this charming young artist and uplifted by her joy and infectious smile.
The Sweet Resistance
A 2017 SAMA nominee for Best Rock Album, The Sweet Resistance is a chart-topping alternative pop rock band from Cape Town. Fronted by the super-talented Natasha Meister on guitar and vocals, with Mike Vaughan on bass, keys, and vocals, Gray Lowndes on guitar and Nick Ornellas on drums, expect rhythmic, melodic anthems plumbing the depths of life, love and opportunity.