kLEMENZ presents VANCO
Written by klemenz on October 3, 2018
Hailing from South Africa is Vanco, a diverse and multi-talented DJ/Producer from Johannesburg, versed in the genre of House music. His influence is drawn from his African roots especially since he is a well-travelled man. His music career started at the age of 17 as a bass marimba player and percussionist in his mid-teen. Stepping onto the music scene in 2014 with a new vibe, Vanco incorporates African, Latin and European music styles with a touch of Soul.
Relishing in his passion for various art forms, Vanco transitioned as a pantsula/kwaito dancer to a musician and music producer.
From his travels, he established connections with other producers and worked with artists including Dj Mbuso, Roland Clark, Zephrin Saint, Boddhi Satva, Zano, Shota, Sally and Adora just to mention a few. His style and signature sound has not only attracted some of the continent’s most influential DJ’s and producers but also drawing the attention of Italy based Antonello Coghe and Steve Paradise and UK’s D-Malice. Among others locally like Dj Qness, Cuebur and Dj Clock to name a few. Vanco received international acclaim in 2014, with the hit single “Regeneration”, reaching #1 on the top 100 Afro House charts & landed at number 62 of the Top 100 Afro House Djs on Traxsource.
In 2015 he was rated amongst Traxsource top 100 Afro-House Producers, his tracks featured prominently on the charts with a number 1 chart topping single in the same year. His sound is a reflection of his interaction with the world, a fusion of African, Caribbean, and European sounds blended with elements of soul.
Independently released “Swamina” Produced by Vanco and Blade Hoocks Feat Macasa . Available on Sound Cloud and Kasi mp3. Then he followed up with “Sax is Over Saxed” Produced by Vanco and Blade Hooks. Available on Sound Cloud and Kasi Mp3 both tracks will be reworked and released on traxsource soon.
Under the administration of Sounds Different his label, management and projects, he presented “2nd chance” by Vanco feat Sally which is the first single of the much anticipated debut Album “Innovation”. The track was available for free download on datafilehost and amassed over a 1000 downloads in a matter of days. It has since been licensed to Soulcandi.
March 2015 saw the release of Regeneration, a single which became a dance floor smash hit. Reached number one on Traxsource afro-house and was punted by the likes of Osunlade on his top 10 songs at the time.
June 2015 saw Vanco & Soso of VOWFM house of rhythm collaborating and releasing Ingane. The track featured the beastly vocals of Tuna who is famously known for maphorisa song by Dj Fresca. The song was a success and still on request at radio stations especially with the growing events that Soso & Vanco have been appearing at. The songs are available on iTunes and Traxsource.
Sounds Different Entertainment have since partnered with International labels to try increase the scope of Vanco’s musical talents. This saw the release of Wemama ft Sasa in September by Uncover Music( Italy based label) under the expert ears of Antonello Coghe and JHB Vision collaboration with Steve Paradise due out soon under UNOMAS label.
Since then, he released several tracks under international labels like Tribe Records, Offering Recordings, Afrocentric, Melomania records, Sounds Different Entertainment, Uno Mas , DM Recordings & Uncover Music, Sushiraw, Kazukuta Records.,Record Union . He has two music videos under his belt which were on high rotation on Channel O, Trace Urban & a local South African TV shows. Dancer a song by Vanco & Afro Warriors featuring Charlene Lai is his latest single from his new compilation album Exclusives Volume 1 which was released in December 2017. The single is making waves on radio in different parts of the world such as Angola, Botswana, Portugal, Netherlands, just to mention a few and other stations locally. Check out also the newest release in 2018 is Ms Jailer (feat. Zano) – EP on Tribe Records. We are waiting for an upcoming EP “Philip” coming out under Tambor Music mid October with the main single “iImpilo – Vanco Ft Njabuloseh” in the mix!! Vanco continues to build his brand and perfect his craft, his work with thumping percussion, heavy basslines and soulful vocals, intertwining rhythmically, igniting audiences everywhere.