When asked how he would describe Native Young – South African producer and frontman of the project Yannick Wilde says, “It’s a constantly evolving tapestry of culture, emotion and melody”. Beginning as a home recording experiment for Yannick in 2015 – the live Native Young collective now hosts a menagerie of rotating talent in Africa and Europe. His music itself is focused on emotional storytelling, raw African rhythm and the fusion of electronic and acoustic instruments – a combination which has carved out a space that’s completely his own in the musical landscape both locally and abroad for this young independent artist.
2016 saw the live collective taking their ‘Kasi pop’ sound across the ocean to the streets of Berlin and performing opening slots at prestigious international festivals including Fusion festival in Germany, Les Escales in France and Lake of Stars in Malawi. The same year saw the release of Native Young’s first EP ‘Kings’ – which subsequently won a prestigious SAMA (South African Music Award) for ‘Best Alternative Album’ in 2017. The live band also opened for Australian superstars Angus & Julia Stone during their 2018 sold out tour of South Africa.
Over the last year the Spotify listenership for Native Young has reached over 40 000 monthly listeners and 1 million streams in 65 countries and continues to grow each day. Native Young will be kicking off 2019 with an exclusive release of ‘Erase’ – an emotional single about letting go of past love.The release includes an uplifting house remix by producer heavyweights Black Motion along with a heartbreaking acoustic version of the song – a strong statement for a dynamic project that’s be ready to be shown to the world. Music is that ephemeral expression that seems to connect us all and It’s this sentiment that boldly shines in the raw and colourful tale of Native Young.
‘Kings’ Official video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHqr7aYexeo
Jack Daniels presents Native Young: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWDxcTZK9_s
‘Thandiwe’ Live session:https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=l93uD3ZTE-g
‘Crystal Lion’ official video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1KBoBTrro4
**PLEASE NOTE: DINNER FROM 7PM. SHOW AT 8.30PM