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Ben Caesar Bio
Born on the lush Caribbean island of Dominica, Ben Caesar lived in Amsterdam, St Lucia and London before settling in South Africa where he lived in KZN, Joburg and finished school in Cape Town. This is where he took the first steps in his music career.
While still at school he travelled to New York, Montreal, Switzerland, Paris, Manchester and paid a couple of return visits to the Caribbean to reconnect with his roots there. Caesar channels his unique multicultural experience into his diverse and textured music.
Being raised by a feminist activist mother whose work around issues of sexism, racism, classism, xenophobia and homophobia, broadened Caesar’sunderstanding and perspective. From a young age he attended marches, conferences and meetings with NGO’s and early on began performing at events in support of social justice.
Caesar’s real strength lies in his courage to share his vulnerability. His unique upbringing and his absolute commitment and passion to his art enriches his music which cross-cuts genres and is equally at home in clubs, international museums and social justice platforms.
Featured in GQ magazine, as part of their “Person of Taste” campaign.
Regular host MC at Cape Town's most exclusive nightclub COCO
Initiated and coordinated collaboration campaign “Follow Us Home” with Diego Noble, hip hop pioneer Dj Azuhl and Stanley John Films. The campaign features 7 of some of Cape Towns most talented and respected artists.
‘R.U.SA?’ featuring hip hop professor Adam Haupt was released and resonated with scholars and hip hop fans alike.
Toured for 2 years with Madame Zingara Love Magic Tour which toured Durban, Joburg and Cape Town performing with a range of international acts for 400 people a night, 6 nights a week.
Nickyanne Hallendorff, PR manager of Madame Zingara, said “Ben Caesar joined us in April 2010 as a performing artist and affectionately known as ‘Ben the Rapper’, he never fails to delight our audiences with his unique musical style and rich voice. Performing alongside our aerial artists, on his own or with our other singers, Ben’s flexibility, wide range and professionalism are an asset to our production”.
Released Lean in SA Fashion Week, a celebration for the Cape Town streetwear scene, shot at Boaston Society lifestyle store featuring over 10 upcoming and established local clothing brands.
Synergy music festival performing with legendary ska band The Rudimentals
Museum of London, Docklands x Shunt, Kings Cross, London
Taste of Cape Town, food festival as the only hip hop act for the entire event
Celebrity/guest chef on Hectic 9 TV show
Womens Conference for the NGO, IHLRIG,
Guest performer at South AFrican National Gallery
Guest panelist at Hip Hop Indaba, UWC
- Too many clubs to mention from COCO, Mercury Live, Assembly, Origin, LivingRoom, 169 to Trinity,
Rolling Stone SA
(produced by Ross Gabriel)
Caesar has collaborated with musicians across many genres including his fellow Dominican Dion Henderson in Paris, Trap producer Crazee Banditt in London, and in South Africa ska legends The Rudimentals, classical composer SHY, jazz guitarist Keira Witherkay, Angolan kuduro group SolidRidge, Youngsta, Zimbabwean mbira player Dingiswayo Juma, electro producer Ross Gabriel and many more.
* 2013 - Released his music video to the single Sunday Times, which has been featured in Rolling Stone Yummy Yummy music video shot in Buitenverwachting (voted SA’s best restaurant twice). Yummy Yummy has recently been playlisted on Channel O.
* 2012 – Caesar completed his electro/dubstep album ‘’Le Tigra’’ its featured single ‘Get Wild’ was on high rotation on 6 stations including Highveld, YFM, Rhodes FM, UJ FM, and GoodHope FM. Performed with Cape Town ska band the Rudimentals at Synergy Music Festival with Prodigy as headline act.
* 2009 – Caesar was frontman of hip hop group NSC whose single “On My Way Up” featuring Lungelo was no 1 on the SA hip hop chart on GoodHope FM for a record 17 weeks. Toward the end of the year Caesar released his second solo album Eye of the Storm and performed at Museum of London and the UN in Paris.