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The Cape Town International Film Market & Festival will take place from October 9th – 19th 2018 at venues across the V & A Waterfront as well as in select sites across the city of Cape Town.

 

The CTIFMF 2018 is a film industry platform to create, collaborate, and celebrate the exciting and often untapped potential of this eclectic industry. Guided by the festival’s core vision of transforming the African film industry through these the pillars of creation, collaboration, and celebration, the CTIFMF will be incorporating a host of key initiatives and projects aimed at the local and Pan-African film industries, film lovers across the city, as well as emerging and new audiences from across Africa and beyond.

 

 

CTIFMF Executive Chairman Rafiq Samsodien has the following to say of this year’s festival, “We are leading the charge to re-build this industry from the bottom up. This year will see the birth of an entirely new way of collaborating and working towards a common goal for a sustainable industry.  So let’s start by building meaningful partnerships that enable and empower the spirit of filmmaking and the filmmakers.”

 

 

Create

Creation within the film industry is not limited to content, but extends to relationships too. For filmmakers, the creation of both content and relationships is essential. However, with mounting business, financial, and logistical challenges faced by filmmakers, it is harder than ever for them to focus on their core creative function.

The CTIFMF is in-and-of-itself a platform created to converge the African film industry at a single point at which these stakeholders will have unfettered access to create new business, persona,l and strategic relationships and opportunities.

 

 

Core programs at the CTIFMF 2018 will focus on supporting filmmakers in specific areas including the hosting a gathering of the Emerging Talent Labs from across Africa. The aim of this is to foster the launch of an African Film Institute, a partnership between Ouaga Film Lab (West), Maisha Film Lab (East), Carthage Pro (North) and Realness & Electric South (South), that will have a sizable footprint, real credibility, and extensive access to talent in all corners of the continent.

 

 

CTIFMF Marketing Director Jehad Kasu explains further “innovation is the cornerstone of the team’s endeavours to transform the landscape of the African film industry at the levels of ownership as well as industry stature. While some of what we are doing may have been done at other festivals before, the manner in which we are doing it within our platform is remarkably different. It is this difference in innovation that we trust will steadily build the CTIFMF to establish itself as Africa’s leading film industry platform.”

 

Collaborate

The African film industry needs collaboration. Supporting colleagues, promoting our own stories, and finding innovative solutions together in the face of adversity must be the hallmark of our industries. However, the South African film industry is largely very fractured and the emergence of a Pan-African industry is more dream than reality.

While competition is healthy, industry events and businesses that solely compete with one another, rather than complementing each other, makes for a situation that threatens the industry’s sustainability – let alone growth.

Collaboration means local collaboration with filmmakers, film schools, government, business, and other allied industry bodies such as tourism authorities, investors, and community organisations. Collaboration means a sharing of skills, an amplification of resources, and a support of people and organisations amongst the emerging filmmaker community.

To embody the spirit of collaboration, the CTIFMF is inviting the festival directors of some of Africa’s top film festivals to join together in a day of discussions, practical networking amongst filmmakers, and a sharing of award winning films.

This collaborative effort strives to enhance connectivity between South Africa and its African counterparts, to unlock co-production opportunities, identify synergies and provide traction to projects in the making.

 

 

Celebrate

The CTIFMF believes that celebrating our industry’s best and brightest is essential. Celebration is the best way to reward hard work and perseverance. Celebrating achievers is a way to highlight our stories and inspiring and motivating new talent.

This year the CTIFMF will celebrate local content from South Africa and Africa in public spaces through a series of public screenings that will be presented at the V&A Waterfront’s amphitheatre and beyond.  Red carpet premieres and a host of related public events will ensure that the African narrative is celebrated throughout the year, and not just during the CTIFMF. “We are excited about making a landmark announcement on this component of our programme in coming weeks”adds Kasu.

 

 

The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith has this to say of this initiative, “The City of Cape Town is proud to be associated with the CTIFMF’s plan to revive the local film industry. Off the back of our successes, let us collaborate and build on these and tell our African stories, loudly andproudly. It is time to be up there on the global stage amid the big names of the world. The City will fully support the initiatives of the industry.”

 

 

Throughout this year’s CTIFMF the film industry, those hoping to enter the industry, and those who just love the movies will all have something to celebrate.

Continue to visit www.filmfest.capetown for updates as the festival approaches.

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The South African Broadcasting  Corporation (SABC), as part of its commitment to invest in local music industry
development and restore the dignity of artists, has today paid the needle time royalties for the first time to the collecting society, Independent Music Performance Rights Association (IMPRA).

This landmark payment marks the first ever payment for needle time royalties to local music artists. This payment is for the songs played on the 18 SABC radio stations for the 2014-2015 period. The SABC will once again engage with collecting societies on the historical royalty payment process.

 

It must be made clear that the SABC pays the needle time royalties to music owners and artists through the collecting societies accredited by the Registrar of Copyright at the Companies Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). These collecting societies will in turn pay all the artists and the owners of the songs which were played by the SABC radio stations for the 2014/15 period.

 

In the event that the SABC played music of owners of songs and artists in 2014/2015 period; and the owners are not registered with IMPRA or any other relevant collecting society. The corporation will negotiate with the collecting societies applicable in order for the payment of these owners of songs and artists to also be effected as soon as possible.

 

The Chief Operations Officer (COO), Mr. Chris Maroleng said that “The SABC values the pivotal role that South African music plays in influencing social change. These artists’ work is beyond entertaining people; their craft assists in bolstering courage, inspiring participation, and fostering a sense of community. It is imperative that as a public service broadcaster we ensure that the local music industry is well stimulated and the artists reap the benefits of their hard work”.

 

The SABC remains committed to promote, defend, and invest in the local music market and to ensure that the South African music industry is sustainable.

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The South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is pleased to announce that SABC Radio will be the media partner of the first ever Soweto International Jazz Festival.  This partnership highlights SABC Radio’s commitment to fulfil one of its core missions, which is to recognise and celebrate the diversity of South Africa’s vast music culture.

 

The first edition of the Soweto International Jazz Festival is set to commence in Soweto from Thursday, 14 June until Sunday, the 17th of June 2018, at the Johannesburg Theatre Group’s, State of the Art Soweto Theatre Festival Complex.  This Festival is dedicated to the historical region of Johannesburg and each day of the festival will have its own theme, namely: Celebration of Our Future, Power of Women, International Night and Inspiration, respectively. 

 

 

SAFM, Metro FM, Lesedi FM, Radio 2000, Channel Africa and Ukhozi FM are the six SABC Radio Stations that will be dedicating their resources towards promoting the Festival and unpacking the themes as part of live broadcasts and interviews.

Commenting on the partnership, Head of Radio Marketing Siphelele Sixaso “The Soweto Uprisings in 1976 were a global turn of events within the South African history, the next chapter is to highlight initiatives like the Soweto International Jazz Festival that call for a global celebration of Soweto through music and the uplifting of this township that changed our nation. As the biggest broadcaster in Africa we put our weight behind these plans in order to take the 1976 history of Young People to the next Level”

 

The four day festival is not only limited to jazz as the name suggests. The line-up comprises of multi-genres such as soul, contemporary and African music. To broaden the horizon and scope, Grammy Award winning artists in the likes of Third World, Bob James, Deborah Cox, Spyro Gyra, and  the Neville Brothers will grace the stage.  South African Jazz and R&B stars such as Ernie Smith, Zama Jobe and legendary Charlie Wilson who will be performing for the first time in South Africa alongside the dynamic local gospel artist, Khaya Mthethwa.  To add a youthful flavour to the festival local artists such as Nasty C, Lady Zamar, Major League DJs, and many more will also be featured on the line-up.

 

The Soweto International Jazz Festival is not only conceptualised to entertain but to also educate the masses through the power of music and art. As a result, the celebrations will be centred on the tribute of the late legendary Jazz musician, Hugh Masekela and the centenary of the late former president Nelson Mandela. Tickets are available for purchase online on www.sowetotheatre.com Tickets may also be purchased directly from Soweto Theatre.

 

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Bassline Live and Kaya FM 95.9, the home of the Afropolitan, are proud to welcome back International steelpan drumming sensation Andy Narell, who will be returning to South Africa to perform at the Lyric, Gold Reef City on the 7th July.

 

Known as one of the most schooled musicians of our time, Narell has been working in the world of music since 1962, when he formed his first steelpan drum band with his brothers and friends in Queens, New York.  As the invitations to perform grew more lucrative, so expanded Narell’s experience and by 1973 he had graduated from the University Of California, Berkeley where he focused on piano and drums.

Narell instantly started his own record label and in 1979 he released his first solo album, Hidden Treasures.  He went onto release a further 6 albums under his own label and the famous jazz label Windham Hill, gaining himself the moniker ‘The Hammer’, along the way.

 

With a strong interest in Caribbean music, Latin jazz and rhythm and blues, he joined the Caribbean Jazz Project in 1995.  The group released 3 albums together.  In the early 2000’s Narell also joined an act called Sakesho and has released a further two albums with that band.

 

As a solo artist he has graced stages across the globe, as well as performing with countless other well-known names in the Jazz, Latin American, Caribbean and world music genres.

 

Andy Narell performs and teaches regularly in South Africa, playing to long time and new audiences including to his fan club based in Soweto.  He also has his own South African band, who will be joining him at the Lyric on the 7th July.  They consist of the established names Louie Mhlanga, Rob Watson, Denis Lalouette and Thandi Ntuli – all established musicians in their own rights.

 

Narell has also played the Joy Of Jazz Festival where over 80 000 music lovers gathered to watch him perform.

 

Once again, stylish urban outfitters Brentwood Clothing, affiliates to the Kaya FM & Bassline Live series, will be on board, standing behind the rich arts and culture scene in SA through music.

 

We are honoured to have the icon Andy Narell join our family of superstars in the Kaya FM & Bassline Live series.  A music lovers dream come true, catch him live in concert on the 7th July at the Lyric in Gold Reef.

 

Tickets are open now at Computicket from R250.

Book now to avoid disappointment.

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The musicality of words is an important element of poetry, and many poets warily consider the sound of the words on the page. Patrons are invited to listen and appreciate an evening of jazz poetry hosted by Natalia Molebatsi with guests Vangi Gantsho and Florence Masebe through word, sound, rhythm, and improvisation.

 

Award-winning actress, producer and writer Florence Masebe; who’s recently published “The Heart Knows’ – a book of poems adapted from a series of entries detailing her personal journey of loss while grieving for her son will, alongside Vangi Gantsho perform words and poetry in the spirit of Healing, Pan Africanism and Sisterhood, backed by a jazz trio composed of Lex Futshane on bass, Siphiwe Shiburi on Drums and Yonela Mnana on piano.

 

 

Masebe is also the executive producer of Elelwani, the first Tshivenda film to be screened in South African cinemas and was an acculturation of a novel by the late Dr Titus Ntsieni Maumela, who as a teacher in the 1950s, wanted to show how education was an important vehicle to change the treatment of women in the Venda community. Maumela’s ‘Elelwani’ which means ‘to remember’, gave a voice to many Vhavenda who were told to study Sepedi or given books that were extracts from the Bible.  Florence as a student in Tshakuma, Limpopo read the book at school.

 

 

Held in conjunction with The Orbit –Home of Jazz, Words In Motion will take place on22 May 2018 at 20:00, host Molebatsi says “With this event, which will be a regular feature on the Orbit stage, each time with different acclaimed poets, we want to provide seasoned poets and writers with an international space where audiences can be treated to poetic expressions while also deeply exploring the link between poetry and jazz music.”

 

 

Gantsho is unapologetically womanist and recently co-founded Impepho Press. She has participated in poetry plays, events, and festivals on the continent and abroad.Having authored two collections, ‘Undressing In Front of The Window’ (2015) and Red Cotton (2018), Vangi holds an MA, with distinction, in Creative Writing from the university currently known as Rhodes.

 

 

Molebatsi has performed her poetry on international stages with icons such as Alice Walker and Linton Kwesi Johnson. She released her album“Natalia Molebatsi and the Soul Making” in 2015. Her latest book Elephant Woman Song is an elegy for her late grandmother.

 

 

Tickets cost R100 and bookings can be made in advance on info@theorbit.co.za or by phone 011 339 6645 or can also be bought at the door on the day of the event.

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BASSLINE FEST is less than two weeks away, and with the hottest acts from across the continent and globe, the stage is set for one of the most historical events in music history.

The BASSLINE FEST will be the only opportunity for one to witness ‘Africa’s Tribute to Madiba’ collaboration which adds even more exclusivity to this already rare world-class line up.

 

The collaborators in ‘Africa’s Tribute To Madiba’, are 5 time Grammy Award Winners Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Malian icon Salif Keita and Nigerian pop sensation Yemi Alade. Led by singer, songwriter and music arranger legend Salif Keita.  Salif has written a tribute song for this occasion and will be singing a new, yet to be commercially released track, exclusively at the Fest.

 

The tribute will take audiences on a journey of remembrance and celebration.  Imagine witnessing Ladysmith Black Mambazo singing Bob Dylan’s ‘Knock Knock Knocking on Heaven’s Door’ with pop sensation Yemi Alade’s female voice harmonising?  Imagine Salif Keita singing ‘Ton Ton’ Live with the other two providing the harmonies on the chorus?

Imagine no more, as it’s real and it’s happening live, only at Constitution Hill.

 

The Fest line-up, in no order of performance are:

 

Ladysmith Black Mambazo – South Africa

Salif Keita- Mali

Yemi Alade – Nigeria

Dub Inc – France

Nakhane – South Africa

Ghorwane – Mozambique

Femi Koya – Nigeria

Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabusa – South Africa

Sekou Kouyate –  Guinea

 

An African Food, fashion, art & craft market provided by LoCrate Market from Soweto will be providing all you need as far as sustenance, vibe and style.

LoCrate FOOD has an exclusive collaborative relationship with the Jo’burg Food Truck Association a.k.a Mother Truckers as the anchor food vendors.

 

Gates open at 2pm and the music kicks off from 3pm till late.  SABC2 will broadcast live from the Fest between 8pm and 11pm, reaching a huge television audience.

 

Remember to bring your sun hats for the daytime and winter woollies for the night.  There will be ample great coffee vendors to keep you warm and plenty free parking underground at Constitution Hill.

 

Tickets can be booked at www.ticketpros.co.za now for R400.  Children under 10 are free.

 

BASSLINE FEST has also put together travel packages for guest coming from afar and a Footsteps of Mandela tour.  For more information, contact info@hambaumhla.com or 061 402 8406.

 

BASSLINE FEST is presented by the Department Of Arts & Culture, in association with Kaya FM and TRACE Africa. 

Additional partners include The Nelson Mandela Foundation, Gauteng Department of Sports, Arts , Recreation & Culture, SABC2, SAA, Constitution Hill, SAB Inbev, Brand South Africa, Firestone, Pernod Ricard, BMW Joburg City Auto, Tsogo Sun & IFAS.

In support of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

 

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MTN Bushfire 2018 Tickets SOLD OUT!

Posted by radio On May - 14 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

MTN Bushfire 2018 has officially sold out all full festival weekend tickets!

 

Fans of one of Africa’s favourite festivals have made history – selling out the MTN Bushfire Festival weeks before the doors open. All full festival weekend tickets, including Golden Lounge that were sold out over a week ago, have now been sold.

Also please take note that only people with valid tickets purchased in advance will be able to access the festival over the duration of the weekend. There will be NO tickets sold at the gate.

 

It is also important to note that tickets are not for resale. A Valid ticket holders and those with booked camping at the main MTN Bushfire campsite, please also take note that you  can now access your campsite from NOON on Thursday May 26th – so get to the festival early, relax and get ready for the full festival experience of MTN Bushfire.

 

If you do have a ticket but have NOT booked your accommodation you are urged to BOOK NOW as many accommodation options are filling up quickly.

 

As in previous years, the MTN Bushfire 2018 artist line-up features a dynamic range of artists from across southern Africa and the globe.

 

More travel and festival information can be found on the website, www.bush-fire.com

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A unique celebration of the tastes, smells, sights and sounds of Swaziland and surrounds, the Standard Bank Luju Food and Lifestyle Festival will be a sensory experience unlike any other.

Celebrating the diverse and often hidden tastes, smells and flavors of Southern Africa with an authentically African rooted program; Luju will feature cooking demos and master-classes by seasoned chefs in the region, the best in African fashion, design and arts, as well as some exciting music and comedy performances by artists from Swaziland, South Africa, Mozambique and beyond.

 

Set on the lavish lawns of the House on Fire Sculpture Garden against a breathtaking backdrop of endless cane fields and rolling hills, August 4th 2018 is a day not to be missed for any food enthusiasts, culture buffs and travelers looking for a unique and sophisticated African-vintage styled event celebrating the local, the wholesome, the creative, and the delicious.

 

Weekend Add-On Value

 

Weekend add-on experiences including glass-blowing and candle-making showcases to be put on by Ngwenya Glass and Swazi Candles, as well as a traditional dance show at the nearby Mantenga Cultural Village, will make for a culturally rich and memorable Swaziland experience for all Luju visitors – more on this below.

 

 

The Hosts

 

Luju is being brought to life by the same team as the world-renowned and much loved MTN Bushfire Festival – House on Fire, backed by a leading global brand in finance and investment whose African heritage goes beyond 150 years – Standard Bank. Guests can be assured of top-notch production, an all-star line-up, and an experience to create poignant memories to last a lifetime.

 

 

What to Expect on the Day

Within the House on Fire Amphitheatre, a culinary-focused program will create space for interaction with featured presenters, celebrity chefs and culinary demonstrations, as well as stand-up comedy and a selection of artists & DJs from the region.

 

 

 

One of the headline chefs for this area will be the well-loved J’Something – attending in his capacity as a chef and food lover, as well as fronting a performance from the SA legends – Mi Casa on the Luju Main Stage.

J’Something’s spicy authentic Portuguese heritage and hearty homegrown South African food has become his trademark. Most recently he has been showcased as a headline chef appearing next to greats such as Marco Pierre White, Jan Hendrick and George Calombaris.

Moving from the HOF Amphitheatre, guests will be able to leisurely stroll through a well-manicured lawn surrounded by lovely cane fields and gardens where they can view various displays of food, drink, art, as well as high-end, bespoke and handmade home décor, objet d’art, fashion and visual art pieces.

 

 

Tickets

This wholesome experience is attainable at E350 for general ticket and E600 for the VIP ticket. Pre-register to get each ticket at a discount of less E100 – see details in the advert. Register online via this link: www.luju.howler.co.za

 

Guests are encouraged to make a weekend of the experience with some of these activities that will be hosted by official Luju partners:

 

 

  • Ngwenya Glass: Glass Blowing

Ngwenya Glass is one of Swaziland’s hottest tourist attractions. Since 1987, Ngwenya Glass has been making glassware in Swaziland from 100% recycled glass, building on a reputation of quality, functionality, beauty and environmental awareness. Visitors will be able to view the glassblowing from 9am to 2pm on Sunday August 5th at the glass factory which is strategically located near the Ngwenya/Oshoek border leading into South Africa.  There will be a team creating some unique glass artworks on the day and visitors will be able to watch at no cost.

 

 

  • Mantenga Cultural Village

Situated in a Ezulwini Valley within Mantenga Nature Reserve, the Cultural Village is a natural display where visitors can learn about everyday life in a traditional Swazi homestead, and enjoy vibrant traditional dance shows.

There is also a small network of hiking trails offering visitors the opportunity to experience the beautiful contrast between reverine middleveld habitats and Highveld open grassland. The nature reserve also offers excellent bird watching opportunities.

 

 

  • Swazi Candles

Guests can enjoy the vibrant, music filled workshop in the Malkerns Valley where they can interact with the candle artisans as they work their magic. The beautifully intricate designs of Swazi Candles use the ancient technique known as “millifiore”. Millefiore, or, “thousand flowers”, first surfaced in Alexandria, but was perfected in the great glassmaking cities of Murano and Venice. The Swazi Candles shop is situated a few kilometers from the Luju venue and is located in a complex where visitors view local and African fashion; design arts and crafts; and relax amidst beautiful views at a coffee shop within the centre of it all.

 

 

  • Tree Top Canopy Tour

Experience the thrill of gliding through the forest canopy in one of the last mountain wilderness areas left in Swaziland. The Malolotja canopy tour offers most dramatic scenery you will ever encounter with striking rock formations, towering cliff faces, a rich diversity of flora and fauna, across a lush forest canopy towards the Malolotja mountain forest peaks.

 

 

  • National Museum and King Sobhuza Park

This National museum is an amazing cultural experience and captures the link that Swaziland has with nature and the love it has for nature, the beautiful mountains, countless rolling hills and green pastures are all depicted in the natural history hall.

 

 

Find Out More

Travel packages and special offers will be announced in the upcoming weeks via local press and on the House on Fire website www.house-on-fire.com and Facbook page https://www.facebook.com/LujuFestival/

Luju also invites any interested traders, exhibitors and companies to contact us for more information on the opportunities available to be part of this amazing high-end lifestyle event.

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MTN Bushfire: Rainbow Your Fire!

Posted by radio On May - 10 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Winner of the African Best Responsible Event Award in 2017, MTN Bushfire has also been hailed in by CNN as one of the “7 African music festivals you really have to see” and listed by BBC as a “Top African Festival.”

MTN Bushfire is a uniquely African, and yet globally infused, festival experience that welcomes thousands of people in an atmosphere of tolerance and passionate commitment to music, the arts, and the environment.

 

From May 25th – 27th MTN Bushfire encourages everyone, from guests and artists, to traders and vendors to BRING YOUR FIRE to the beautiful Malkerns valley in Swaziland.

Your Fire is your energy, your spirit, your passion, and your drive to make a difference.

 

As part of the annual Bring Your Fire call to action, MTN Bushfire 2018 will be hosting a diversity of activations in the newly launched and fully interactive, Bring Your Fire Zone. This year a range of themes will be featured at the festival, including environmental sustainability, education, cultural development, human rights, equality for LGBTI people, gender issues,  as well as sexual & reproductive health and freedom.

 

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people experience significant social discrimination in many places. The consequence of these social and structural factors is that many members of the LGBTI community are not able to lead a dignified life, have a family and contribute to society. The long-term vision is for all people to enjoy equal recognition before the law and social inclusion within society.

 

MTN Bushfire, in partnership with Swazi organisation The Rock of Hope will therefore present a host of activities aimed at promoting equality and inclusion. From poetry slams and discussion at the new venue The Hub, to social and photo booth activations, everyone is invited to take part.

The MTN Bushfire Rainbow Fire Stall Activation seeks to raise the visibility of the LGBTI community within the space with the hopes to spread the fire of acceptance within the communities in which they reside.

 

The Rock of Hope is an advocacy organisation partnered locally with the Other Foundation, and internationally by All Out, and is working on a number of initiatives in Swaziland to promote equality and acceptance.

 

MTN Bushfire is also very excited to announce a performance from Staceyann Chin, multiple award-winning poet and performer. Winner of the 2013 American Heritage Award from American Immigration Council, and the 2016 Planned Parenthood Excellence in Media award, Chin is also a 2017 LGBTQ Humanist Award recipient. She unapologetically identifies as Caribbean and Black, Asian and lesbian, woman and resident of New York City.

 

A proud Jamaican National, Staceyann’s voice was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, where she spoke candidly about her experiences of growing up on the island and the dire consequences of her coming-out there.

Further activations and partnerships within this space will be announced soon. For more information on the 2018 edition of MTN Bushfire visit www.bush-fire.com or https://www.facebook.com/MTNBUSHFIRE

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Reggae Pilgrimage Leads to Collaboration

Posted by radio On May - 2 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

As Dub inc, the internationally acclaimed French reggae group continue their global success, with concerts across Africa, their recent performance in Abidjan took on special significance.

One of the group’s singer Komlan said this past week that his participation in the Anoumabo Festival of Urban Music (Femua 2018) was like a pilgrimage, as Côte d’ivoire the capital of reggae in Africa, “For me, it was like a kind of pilgrimage. We went to Kingston, Jamaica, but Abidjan is also the reggae capital in Africa,” added the French artist of Beninese origin.

 

The group was in the Ivory Coast for the FEMUA festival, launched in 2008 by the legendary Ivorian musical group Magic System. The festival is one of the biggest festivals in sub-Saharan Africa and is a forum for promoting urban music rhythms.

 

During their stay in Abidjan, Dub inc collaborated with the singer Alif Naaba, known as the ‘Barefoot Prince of Burkina Faso,” and the kora player Massa Dembele, both from Burkina Faso. Alif was featured in the original version of the song in 2013, off the group’s album Paradise.

 

The collaboration resulted in a moving acoustic rendition of the group’s version of the song “Enfants des ghettos / Children of the Ghetto” that will be released as a music video on May 5th, just weeks ahead of the group’s arrival in Southern Africa.

 

The song is an apt outcome of the festival that is also a platform on the major issues affecting the African continent, with the theme this year being illegal immigration.  Komlan went on to explain that “risking your life to (go) to Europe is dangerous and has a price. The goal of illegal immigrants, he says, “is rarely achieved and unfortunately many Africans who are waiting for their relatives in Europe do not know that life there is difficult.”

 

The group will soon be heading to South Africa and Swaziland with their hopeful vision of unity and tolerance, infused with electronic vibrations, some hints of dubstep, and a few hip hop references.

 

 

The group will be performing at the following events across South Africa and Swaziland at the end of May 2018.

 

25/05/2018 – Bushfire Festival / Malkerns

26/05/2018 – Bassline Festival / Johannesburg

27/05/2018 – Zakifo Music Festival / Durban

 

To get a sneak preview of the uplifting vibes of Dub inc – check out a range of videos here:  http://www.dub-inc.com/en/videos/

 

Their latest album, So What, as well as over a dozen of the group’s previous albums can be streamed  here: http://www.dub-inc.com/en/disco/

 

 

Dub inc Fast Facts

 

20 YEARS OF EXISTENCE (together since 1998)

300,000 TOTAL RECORD SALES with 6 albums, 2 maxis and 1 live

434 000 FOLLOWERS on Facebook

152 MILLLIONS views on Youtube

350 SHOWS IN THE PAST 5 YEARS in front of more than a million of spectators, 50% abroad over 31 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES AND 5 CONTINENTS: Germany, Portugal, Spain, Poland and more in Europe… Algeria, Marocco or Senegal in Africa… to USA, Canada, Jamaica, India or New Caledonia… and Russia or Mexico recently.
TOURING THE BIGGEST FESTIVALS such as SulaFest in India,Heartbeat Festival in Mexico, Summerjam in Germany, Paleo Festival in Switzerland, Rototom Festival in Spain, WOMAD in UK, Australia and New Zealand, Rock Al Parque in Bogota (Colombia) or Nuits d’Afrique in Montreal (Canada)

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