Melo B Jones is a 20-something year old singer/songwriter living and creating music in the vibrant city of Johannesburg.  We have all been waiting for Melo B Jones’ debut, now Jozi’s queen of Boom Bap Soul has delivered her EP ‘The Start’, which is available here via Stay True Sounds

After her appearance on X Factor back in 2014, Melo has been busy crafting her sound, performing everywhere from Braamfontein to Switzerland and featuring on work by some of South Africa’s favourites: from Crazy White Boy to Ill Skillz and Kid Fonque & D-Malice’s new rkls project. This is just ‘The Start’ for Melo, who is at the beginning of a career and doing what she loves, soul singing!

The origins of the name stem from the personal journey that she feels encapsulates everything her sound stands for.  “Melo” is derived from her first name, Boitumelo. It echoes the mellow tones and melodies found in her music; the feeling her music brings. “B” is her personal sign off. Her initial. Lastly, by definition, “Jones” is a fixation with something or someone. An addiction. Her music aspires to represent that wholly, from an inspired and fresh angle; especially in a South African context.

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Her music is a blend of her childhood musical influences, her life and all that she loves in one. This all comes together to form what she categorises as “Boom Bap Soul” – which takes the raw elements of old school and contemporary Hip Hop and puts it together with the sweet and sultry elements of Soul.

Having performed alongside and collaborated with acts such as Electro House collective, Crazy White Boy (with the hit single “Show Me The Way” from Electro Candi II) and Cape Town-based group, Ill Skillz, her body of work expands from House music, to R&B to Hip Hop.

She has performed as a headliner from Vilakazi Street NYE Festival (Soweto, JHB) in 2015 to Festival Week-end au bord de l'eau (Sierre, Switzerland) in 2016 with The Kid Fonque Show – displaying both her local and international appeal as an artist.              

Having graced intimate stages such as The Orbit and Winnie’s Soul & Jazz Restaurant to more robust stages such as the Cape Town Jazz Festival (doing accompanying vocals for Ill Skillz in 2012) and Jack Daniels Boomtown at the Durban July in 2015, she knows how to appeal to different crowds and can fit her sound into various settings.

She was one of the few acts featured on a limited edition vinyl for Glenfiddich called Groove Jazz Vol 1 compiled by legendary DJ, Kenzhero – which featured both local and international Soul acts. She has also collaborated with brands such as Nescafe, who showcase and support local up-and-coming acts whom they believe are destined for great things in the South African music industry.

In late 2014, she entered the first season of The X Factor SA and excelled all the way to the judges’ houses (just before the live shows) as a member of a group called Faith. Oskido (Kalawa) had singled her out as one to watch.

As a passionate performer and entertainer, she just wants to sing and share her music with the world – and that’s exactly what she plans to do.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Twitter: @MeloB_Jones ; Instagram @melob_jones


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