Johnny Cradle are a Johannesburg, South African-based three piece band. Laz provides the DJ scratch sample samples and FX, Tebogo J Mosane drums the drums and backs the vocals, Sakie leads the vocals, bass the Moog and plays the keys.
With roots in Mdantsane and Umthatha in the Eastern Cape, and Ga-rankuwa in Gauteng , it’s no wonder these 80’s grown-ups have a diverse influence behind their township slang Xhosa/ English lyrics, driven by heavy bass, almost hip hop electronica drum rhythms, DJ-cuts reminiscent of golden-era hip hop and bluesy rock electric guitars.
Add to that a visual creative flair that sees the trio creatively directing their own photo shoots, including the video “uLate” and artwork for their self-titled debut album.
In three years Johnny Cradle have graced multiple stages in the Jo’burg music scene; as well as formidable festivals including Grahamstown (2015), Oppikoppi (2016), Milliepop (2017), Lush Festival (2017); as well as live radio performances and appearances on radio stations like 702, Power FM and Yfm.
Ever stylish, the Cradle crew have graced numerous print outlets such as Destiny magazine, The Mail & Guardian and The Sunday Times style pages. Sakie has featured in various TV and print commercials, style features and brand campaigns for the trendy menswear label S.P.C.C
With their music video for “uLate” currently doing the rounds on social media, the future has never looked brighter for Johnny Cradle. With a new single and album on the way, and a series of forthcoming upscale festival appearances, be sure to check them out.