The Cape Town Festive Lights Switch on is on the Grand ParadeIt’s been quite a year for Nyota Parker, culminating in her winning the Festive Lights Switch-On Music Challenge for the second year in a row.

The 18 year-old rapper, vocalist and songwriter received a record breaking 105 617 online ‘buzz points’ for her music video submission Oh My.

This crowd pleaser will perform on Sunday 2 December 2018, as part of the entertainment line-up at the 2018 Festive Lights Switch-On.

Acts at Festive Lights Switch-On

Dr Victor & The Rasta Rebels 
Sarah Theron
Yanga (Idols 2018 Winner)
Kunjalo
The Unknown Dance Crew
Robin Pieters featuring Elwira Standili
Emo Adams
YoungstaCPT
Shekhinah
Kwesta
Nyota Parker

Nyota Parker Festive Lights Switch On Grand Parade
See Nyota Parker at the Festive Lights Switch On at Grand Parade

More about Nyota Parker

Drawing on rap, hip-hop, jazz, trap and soul, Congolese-Irish-South African Nyota has created her own unique style that she calls Trazz. It’s music with a message and it’s winning her fans by the thousands who connect to her thought-provoking lyrics and deep bass beats, infused with almost nostalgic trip-hop and neo-soul elements.

Her upcoming performance: “This year’s audiences should prepare to be inspired by a genre many consider to be just hype. I want to encourage young people to be individuals, and not to feel that they must conform to society,” she says.

Dan Plato, Executive Mayor of Cape Town, said, “I’m really pleased that the City of Cape Town is providing platforms for our youth to develop their talents and show what they have to offer. This year’s switching on of the festive lights will have around 100 000 guests in attendance, and we will be seeing some well-established and top performers, as well as welcoming to the stage, two of our local up and coming stars, one of them being Yanga from Delft, the winner of this year’s Idols and, Nyota Parker, who won the Festive Lights Switch-On Music Challenge. I’m looking forward to seeing our youth put their talents on display.”

The Festive Lights Switch-On Music Challenge has grown over the past three years, attracting a variety of young artists from across the greater Cape metropole.

Khofhi The King

In 2018, it proved the most hotly contested race to the top yet, with Khofhi The King coming in a close second with 98 078 ‘buzz points’ garnered through the social media sharing system that tracks the activity.  Ultimately though, it’s the people’s choice and Nyota will step out front and centre on Sunday to perform Energy.  It’s a favourite song of hers that has seen some radio play on various stations and is a sure crowd-pleaser.

Asked why she entered the Music Challenge again, Nyota says: “Quite a few people asked me if I was performing this year and I felt I had to take a chance to really maximise the opportunity, since it’s such a fantastic platform to perform for a huge audience.”

Since winning in 2017, Nyota has worked on the Swift 16 video with Red Bull Studios and with artists such as Proda, producer for Afrofuturistic duo Oshun, New Orleans musician Jamal Batiste and hip-hop emcee Sun Zulu from Baltimore. She has released an EP, Purification Project, and a number of music videos for her songs Oh My, Free Us and Future Me, the latter in collaboration with Graeme Richards from Expresso. Future Me is about inspiring young kids to look beyond their current circumstances and be inspired to move forward to where they want to be – tying in perfectly with the #BeInspiring theme of this year’s Festive Lights Switch-On.

The music video for Oh My has just been accepted for play by MTV and Nyota will be touring to New York and Atlanta in early 2019.

Nyota espouses the qualities required to make a success of the music business – courage, self- belief and an urge to excel – she’s definitely a star in the making and is looking forward to Sunday, “It’s an honour to win again and I can’t wait to showcase my music to everyone who will be there!”

What: Cape Town Festive Lights Switch-On
When: Sunday 2 December 2018, 4pm – 9pm
Where: Grand Parade Cape Town
Festive Lights Switch-On Cape Town: #BeInspiring #SwitchOnTheLights2018
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