Mi Casa is a house band based in Johannesburg, South Africa and consisting of 3 members, Dr. Duda (producer) and pianist, J’Something (vocalist and guitarist), and Mo-T (trumpeter). The band was formed in early 2011 in Johannesburg when all three future members were at a night lounge and decided to perform together. A few months later, they released an album titled Micasa Music, which “went gold” quickly and won several awards at the 18th Annual MTN South Africa Music Awards in 2012.
The band received a lot of attention from the public in late 2011. Their hit single “These Streets” was taken from the album Micasa Music. which showcased the unique urban jazz sound of the band. It was not long before the band was on every major South African radio and music video chart at number 1, where it remained for weeks. The band went on to open for a number of major international acts, including The Layabouts, Reel People, Tortured Soul, and YMCMB’s Canadian Hip Hop recording artist Drake.
Their second single from the album, Heavenly Sent, also made every major South African radio and music video chart, and earned them South African Music Awards (SAMA) nominations for “Best Dance Album”, “Album Of The Year”, “Group Of The Year”, “Newcomer Of The Year”, and “Record Of The Year”. Mi Casa’s Newcomer of the Year nomination was met with controversy when some people mentioned that the group’s producer, Dr. Duda, was clearly not a new artist. This single was remixed by Charles Webster, marking the first international recognition for the band.
The band went on to release their third single, “La Vida”, which included a 3-D animated music video. This track was remixed by British house producer Atjazz.
In 2014, the band performed at Ultra Music Festival in South Africa on the Soul Candi stage.
Mo-T’s father, Kgasoane Banza, was part of the South African Afropop band Mango Groove.
J’Something is originally from Portugal. His real name is Joao da Fonseca. He moved to Port Alfred in the Eastern Cape, South Africa when he was seven years old. He was raised by his mother Maria after his parents separated. Joao completed his studies in Bcom Marketing at Stellenbosch University before moving to Johannesburg, where he was a studio manager at the SoulCandi Studios. Joao is currently dating a woman who goes by the name of Coco.
Dr. Duda is responsible for the music production for the band. He was part of a gospel band at his childhood church since the age of 8, played keyboards. He got his nickname from a FL Studio plug-in called “Duda”. He still uses DAW software, amongst others, including Cubase, Sony Acid, Reason, and Ableton Live.
· Micasa Music (2011)
· Su Casa (2013)
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