Native Young

Agent: Natasha Seery | Email: natasha[at]

Native Young are a Cape Town based African-psycadelic-pop band, considered the ‘brainchild’ of front man Yannick Meyer, has grown over the last year to become the six piece band it is today, blurring the lines between cultural musical barriers with band members hailing from South Africa to Spain. Their debut single, “Children of the Sun”, released last September was released in the UK, America and Europe and was included in the UK Elle “Sounds of Summer” it-list. Their unique, eclectic sound has since caught the attention of UK record company PIAS, with whom they recently sealed an EP deal.

The band incorporates a number of unusual instruments in their performance, including marimba, banjo, djembe drums and the hang – a German instrument comprised of two metal shells joined together, with indentations which when tapped produce different notes. Yannick Meyer adds a fresh element to the sound with his smooth falsetto vocals. Their overall sound is down-tempo, delicately foot-tapping and constantly evolving from one song to the next.

Native Young are bringing a new, fresh and delightfully traditional twist to the local indie scene, encompassing their moral ideals along the way. A band that is planning to record their debut album at live locations throughout the Transkei, in order to fully encompass their traditionally African sound, is certainly one to look out for.

2017 SAMA Award Winner:
Best Alternative Album