SXSW Music Adds the Chats, Boyo, Babeheaven, and Bongeziwe Mabandla

Artists broadcasting from “unusual, as well as iconic, settings”

Today’s talent announcement begins bringing into focus South by Southwest’s virtual music festival. Showcases stream via TV apps, laptops, and phones, with performances transpiring in interesting locales like a Taoist temple, a cable car in Norway, and London’s Abbey Road Studios.

Bongeziwe Mabandla

Among the 106 acts added to the existing lineup this morning are rowdy Aussie punk trio the Chats, insanely catchy L.A. psych pop upstart Boyo, and British dream pop duo Babeheaven.

Afronaut Zu, a collaborative vocalist in the UK garage electronic genre, joins the artist roster, as do ATO Records-signed Turkish psych folk band Altin Gun and Awich, a Japanese poet/rapper from Okinawa. Also on deck: Brazilian chillers Jovem Dionisio, Danish post-punk quintet Iceage, and Japanese artist Haru Nemuri, an intense performer whose sound encompasses rap, rock, and pop.

Folding in music patrons Black Fret and Nine Mile Records as showcase presenters, plus Hotel Vegas and Empire as performance settings, the local scene crops up appearances from Carson McHone, Chief Cleopatra, the Deer, Greyhounds, Holy Wave, J Soulja, JaRon Marshall, Kevin Galloway, Lord Friday the 13th, Mama Duke, Sasha & the Valentines, and Van Mary. Meanwhile, our neighbors Mexico contribute Monterrey electro-funk staple Kinky, alternative rock giants DLD, and singer-actress Ximena Sariñana.

The heavily international lineup further calls upon Loco, a South Korean rapper with candied pop hooks, lyrically cutting Dublin songwriter Ailbhe Reddy, UK dour pop twosome Ider, and Kiwi song stoker Nadia Reid. Australia yields mellow mood-driven composer Luke Howard and fellow atmospheric pianist Sophie Hutchings as part of SXSW’s instrumental base that also includes Grammy-nominated Berlin cellist Sebastian Plano. Transmitting from South Africa’s largest city, Johannesburg, will be Bongeziwe Mabandla, who owns a melodic folk style and a voice that’ll enrich your soul.

The SXSW music schedule emerges March 1. Here’s the full list of today’s announced acts:

404 Guild (Eastbourne, England)

Adwaith (Carmarthen, Wales)

Afro Cluster (Cardiff, Wales)

Afronaut Zu (London, England)

Ailbhe Reddy (Dublin, Ireland)

Altin Gun (Amsterdam, Netherland)

Aoife Nessa Frances (Dublin, Ireland)

Awich (Okinawa, Japan)

Babeheaven (London, England)

Baby Queen (London, England)

Baker Boy (Melbourne, Australia)

Best Move (Sacramento, CA.)

Black Country, New Road (Cambridge, England)

Bongeziwe Mabandla (Johannesburg, South Africa)

Boyo (Los Angeles, CA.)

Br3nya (London, England)

Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard (Cardiff, Wales)

Camilla George (London, England)

Camryn (Denver, CO.)

Carson McHone (Austin)

The Chairs (Taipei, Taiwan)

The Change (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic)

The Chats (Sunshine Coast, Australia)

Chief Cleopatra (Austin)

Choses Sauvages (Montreal, Canada)

Christian Pagán (San Juan, Puerto Rico)

Chubby & the Gang (London, England)

Couch Prints (New York, NY.)

D.A.N. (Tokyo, Japan)

Dasom Baek (Seoul, South Korea)

Dead Pony (Glasgow, Scotland)

The Deer (Austin)

Demi Grace (New York, NY.)

DeVita (Seoul, South Korea)

DJ Wegun (Seoul, South Korea)

DLD (Naucalpán De Juarez, Mexico)

Doom Cannon (London, England)

Drug Store Romeos (Fleet, England)

Enjoyable Listens (Oxford, England)

Enyel C (San Juan, Puerto Rico)

The Goa Express (Manchester, England)

Greyhounds (Austin)

Hachiku (Melbourne, Australia)

Haru Nemuri (Yokohama, Japan)

Heave Blood & Die (Bodø, Norway)

Holy Wave (El Paso)

I See Rivers (Bodø, Norway)

Iceage (Copenhagen, Denmark)

Ider (London, England)

J Soulja (Austin)

Jade Jackson & Aubrie Sellers (Los Angeles, CA.)

Jaguar Jonze (Brisbane, Australia)

Jambinai (Seoul, South Korea)

JaRon Marshall (Austin)

Johnny Aries (Margate, England)

Jovem Dionisio (Curitiba, Brazil)

Just Mustard (Dundalk, Ireland)

Kapil Seshasayee (Glasgow, Scotland)

Katie Cole (Nashville, TN.)

Kevin Galloway (Austin)

Khalia (Kingston, Jamaica)

Kinky (Monterrey, Mexico)

Kosha Dillz (Brooklyn, NY.)

Kota Banks & Ninajirachi (Sydney, Australia)

Lambert (Berlin, Germany)

The Lazy Eyes (Sydney, Australia)

Loco (Seoul, South Korea)

Lord Friday the 13th (Austin)

Luke Howard (Melbourne, Australia)

Mae Powell (San Francisco, CA.)

Magdalena Bay (Los Angeles, CA.)

Mama Duke (Austin)

Mariana Bo (Culiacán, Mexico)

Matilda Mann (London, England)

Memes (Glasgow, Scotland)

Merk (Auckland, New Zealand)

Millennium Parade (Tokyo, Japan)

Nadia Reid (Dunedin, New Zealand)

Nani (Caracas, Venezuela)

Neighbor Lady (Atlanta, GA.)

Ninoman (Harlem, NY.)

No Joy (Montreal, Canada)

Novi (Ashland, OR.)

Onipa (Sheffield, England)

Oter (Tromsø, Norway)

Ozas (Tromsø, Norway)

Penelope Isles (Brighton, England)

Phoebe Green (Manchester, England)

Porij (Manchester, England)

Rachael Lavelle (Dublin, Ireland)

Randy Randall (Los Angeles, CA.)

Rob Markman (Brooklyn, NY.)

Sasha & the Valentines (Austin)

Scrounge (London, England)

Sebastian Plano (Berlin, Germany)

Sogumm (Seoul, South Korea)

Sophie Hutchings (Sydney, Australia)

Steven Bamidele (Brighton, England)

Sycco (Brisbane, Australia)

The School (Cardiff, Wales)

Travis Birds (San Juan, Puerto Rico)

Van Mary (Austin)

Vero (Stockholm Sweden)

Villano Antillano (San Juan, Puerto Rico)

Woo (Seoul, South Korea)

Ximena Sariñana (Mexico City)

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