The Kiffness

Live Electric Duo - Johannesburg & Cape Town
The Kiffness


The Kiffness is a live electronic act from Cape Town, South Africa. The project was founded by David Scott in 2011.

The members currently include:
David Scott – Production | Keys | Trumpet | Social Media
Joining Dave for the Live Show:
Raiven Hunter – Sax | Keys
Mathew Gold – Vocals

Past Members:
Mvelo Shandu – Bass (2011 – 2013)
Clem Carr – Sax | Keys (2014 – 2016)

The Kiffness makes jazzy, groovy & uplifting house music and is fast becoming one of South Africa’s favourite live electronic acts. From the beginning of 2013, founder & brainchild David Scott has had great success in the South African music industry, racking up a total of 3 SAMA nominations and 10 singles playlisted across national radio stations – all of which have reached top 10 status in the top 40 charts.

Dave Scott founded the project in early 2011 when he arrived in Cape Town to pursue a career in music. During his studies at Rhodes University Dave played a handful of instruments in multiple bands while also DJing at a couple nightclubs. Upon arriving in Cape Town he was ready to use his experience in both live & electronic forms of music & fuse them to form a live electronic act.

From it’s relatively humble beginnings, Dave’s made his way from bedroom producer to building his own studio & becoming one of South Africa’s most reputable producers. He has collaborated with some of South Africa’s leading artists including Tresor, Shortstraw, Moonchild, Samuel Miller & Mathew Gold. With The Kiffness’ success on radio the project has gained major momentum and the group has had the opportunity of playing headlining slots at some of South Africa’s most reputable festivals such as Rocking the Daisies, Splashy Fen & Park Acoustics to name a few. They’ve also played international shows in the Seychelles, Lesotho, Swaziland (Bushfire), Zimbabwe (Vic Falls Carnival) & Vietnam.

Saxophone & synth extraordinaire Raiven Hansmann joined Dave for live shows in early 2017. Before joining forces with Dave on stage, Raiven had played a major role behind the scenes in co-writing a couple of The Kiffness’ tracks. Friend & collaborator Mathew Gold has also joins the band in the live format for a couple of shows, adding a 3rd dynamic to the live shows.

What sets The Kiffness apart from most electronic acts is their tangible instrumental talent. What’s more is that they are great performers, so crowds can expect nothing short of a huge vibe.

  • Nominated for "Best Music Video" in SAMAs 2017.
  • Nominated for "Best Pop Album" & "Best Producer" in SAMAs 2015.
  • 2017 album "Soul Safari" debuted at #2 on the iTunes pop album charts.
  • 2014 album 'KIFF' debuted at #3 on the iTunes pop album charts.
  • You Say You Love Me" reached #1 on Trace music video charts.
  • "Where Are You Going?" reached #1 MTV Dance Charts.
  • 7 top 10 singles on the 5FM Top 40 charts.


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