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Bassline Africa Day Concert line-up announced

Posted by radio On May - 6 - 2017

Bassline Live is proud to announce the date for BASSLINE AFRICA DAY CONCERT 2017 has been confirmed as the 27th May 2017.

 

Presented by the Department Of Arts & Culture again this year, the concert series is one that is growing from strength to strength, as more partners, sponsors and most importantly, musical acts from across the continent come together for one special day and night of unity and celebration.

The BASSLINE AFRICA DAY CONCERT series is now in its 13th consecutive year and continues to top itself in terms of production value, as well as not only showcasing new artists, but bringing musical acts that we as South Africans, do not always get to enjoy on the live stage.  This year the series will go above and beyond as artists from Nigeria, Ghana, Congo and beyond share the stage with talent from South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Niger – with new artists still being confirmed.  We are also really happy to announce that we have a new, larger and more accessible venue as we relocate to our new venue partner Johannesburg Expo Centre (Nasrec).

 

The show is backed by some of the Bassline Live’s family of sponsors that have supported not only the Africa Day Concert series in the past, but many other of the Bassline Live regular events.  These brands include SABIbev, Nandos and many more joining us.  Also new to the event is the inclusion of an African Craft Market of original African traders who will be selling everything from food to arts and crafts.

 

Kaya FM, long time partners and collaborators with Bassline Live on Africa Day as well as other events has been confirmed as our official radio partners. Managing Director Greg Maloka says, “Africa’s expression of freedom is through music”.

 

TRACE Africa, always on the cutting edge of African trends and music are our television partner for the first time, making this an exciting new partnership for the festival moving forward.  Leo Manne, Senior Vice President for TRACE Southern Africa had the following to say about the partnership, “ Our channel, which is now available in 18 countries across Sub Saharan Africa, takes pride in building musical bridges across the continent so this partnership is essentially a powerful extension of what we stand for. We’re excited to work with the Bassline Live Africa team and look forward to showcasing some of Africa’s greatest.”

The festival also forms part of the IGODA circuit – a group of like-minded African festivals that run over the course of three weeks from Durban to Swaziland with Reunion Island, Maputo and Johannesburg in between. These include MTN Bushfire Festival, Zafiko in Durban, Azgo in Maputo, Safiko in Reunion and of course, Bassline Africa Day Concert in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Confirmed artists:

 

Thandiswa Mazwai – South Africa

Jah Prayzah – Zimbabwe

Jah Prayzah is a contemporary Zimbabwean musician commonly referred to as ‘musoja’, meaning ‘soldier’ in Shona due to his signature uniform of military regalia.  He started composing reggae and dancehall tracks at a young age but later turned into a more contemporary artist.  It wasn’t until his 4th album that he reached commercial success and eventually won a NAMA award for the hit single Gotchi Gotchi.  The following year he won five NAMA Awards and two ZIMA awards with the massive album Kumbumura Mhute.  His biggest hit, reaching over one million views on youtube is the single Watora Mari.  His performance at Bassline Africa Day Concert 2017 is sure to be nothing short of electrifying and many South Africans have requested this artists’ presence on the line up.

 

Petite Noir  – Belgium/South African 

Petite Noir is a Belgiun-South African singer, songwriter, musician and producer that is currently one of Cape Town’s hottest commodities.  He was originally one half of Popskarr with Terence Pearce and a member of the music collective Capital Of Cool. His first EP, The King Of Anxiety placed him on the map back in 2015 and set the way for his acclaimed full length success La Vie Est Belle/Life Is Beautiful which was released in September of the same year.  Noir has performed live with artists such as Mac Demarco, Vince Staples, Kendrick Lamar, Killer Mike and many others.  His music videos are works of art and everything he creates comes from an aesthetically crafted place of sheer art.  Petite Noir is an artist to watch in 2017.

Baloji – Congo

Baloji is a poet, composer/lyricist, beat-maker, scriptwriter, actor, performer, video artist and stylist.  After the release of his debut album Hotel Impala in 2008 he performed over 200 international shows and now he has returned with a brand new EP.  His music stands at the crossroads of African music – a unique combination of rap, African-American soul, funk and jazz, accompanying hip-hop beats and sampling with deep roots in the dance world – he is most certainly a fresh and imaginative artist.  With resilience and hard work being the core of his craft, he has created a musical style based on cross fertilisation and collaboration – unbridled and freed from labels and genres.  Baloji is an energetic live performer and is bringing a fresh new Africa to the stage this year.

 

Bombino – Niger

Omara “Bombino” Moctar is an internationally acclaimed Tuareg guitarist and singer songwriter from Niger.  His music frequently addresses Tuareg geopolitical concerns and is sung in the Tuareg native language of Tamasheq.  Bombino taught himself to play guitar after living in exile with his family at a young age in Algeria.  He went on to join a band during his teen years in Algeria and then Syria, highly influenced by the styles of Jimi Hendrix and Mark Knopfler, whilst working as a herder.  In 1997 he returned to Agadez to begin his life as a professional musician.  In 2007 after crafting his personal style and forming the electric band Group Bombino, he was forced to flee again and two of his fellow musicians were executed due to a ban on the guitar in the Tuareg region.  He is quoted as saying, “I do not see my guitar as a gun but rather a hammer in with which to help build the house of the Tuareg people.”  Bombino returned home in 2010 to celebrate the end of the struggle.   Whilst being in exile Bombino released an album called Agadez which debuted at the top of the iTunes World Music Charts.  The success of the album attracted many musical stars included Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys who went on to produce Bombino’s second album Nomad.  Nomad was released on the highly acclaimed record label Nonesuch and again debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes World Music Charts, as well as the Billboard World Charts.  In 2016 Bombino released the album Azel, produced by David Longstretch (Dirty Projectors). Since 2011 Bombino has toured relentlessly all over the globe, bringing his infectious grooves and message of peace and Tuareg pride to millions of people.  We are excited to see an African artist of this stature on our stage at Bassline Africa Day Concert 2017

 

Vusi Mahlasela – South Africa

 

Jojo Abbott – Ghana

Jojo Abbott is a Ghanaian songstress, songwriter and actress that’s at the top of her game in Africa right now.  Born in 1988 to parents of Anglo-Ewe descend, she has gained fame mostly in the Afrosoul/Reggae and Afrobeat genres.  We are delighted to include this superstar on our line up this year.

 

Ray Phiri – SA

 

Jobie Clarke – South Africa

Nthando Sithole-Clarke, also know as Jobie Clarke, is a JHB-based, classically trained jazz vocalist with a rich and diverse musical background and influences ranging from jazz to traditional African sounds.  Working as a vocal coach in his own music school, his phenomenal vocal experience stems back from his own days as a singer in the prestigious Drakensburg Boys Choir.  He has since gone on to work with musical maestros such as Sibongle Khumalo, Tony Bennett and Abdullah Ibrahim.  We are proud to welcome him to the Bassline Africa Day Covert 2017 stage.

 

Tickets are R295 at ticketpro.co.za.  Parking tickets also available.  Book now to avoid disappointment!

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