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BASSLINE FEST officially announces two of the headline artists for the weekend of 26th and 27th May will be none other than African greats Salif Keita from Mali, and pop phenomenon Yemi Alade from Nigeria.

 

 

With more artists being announced regularly, the festival’s line up is growing from strength to strength and has now officially announced artists from afield Brazil, France, Japan, Cape Verde, Guinea, Mozambique, Reunion Island, Mali, Nigeria and of course South Africa.

 

The artists are all part of the celebration that unites and pays homage to our continent and in particular this year, to the legacy that is Nelson Mandela.

The two artists that have been selected as ambassadors from Africa to celebrate Madiba’s legacy are Yemi Alade and Salif Keita, who collectively will perform in an exclusively crafted performance to pay tribute through not only their own songs, but also a duet and a further composition entitled “Africa’s Tribute To Mandela”.

 

The BASSLINE FEST will be the only opportunity for one to witness the duet and add even more exclusivity to this already rare world-class line up.

 

Salif Keita is one of the continent’s most beloved Afro-pop artists. Having been ostracised for his albinism as a younger adult, he immersed himself in music before moving to Paris where he has resided since 1984, honing his craft and becoming one of the most prolific stars from Africa. Known as the ‘golden voice’, Salif has released over 20 albums with some of the biggest record labels in the world.  He has toured the globe extensively and known as one of West Africa’s finest composers and singer.  BASSLINE FEST is honoured to be able to add him to the line-up in 2018.

 

Yemi Alade is one of the younger pop stars from Nigeria that is currently making huge waves across not only Africa, but in parts of Europe too.  As a winner of the talent show, Peak Talent in 2009 she subsequently released the smash hit Johnny, which saw her becoming a house-hold name almost instantly.  She has followed it up with similar styles of dance pop combined with her signature humorous lyrics.  Despite her massive stardom, Yemi has released three albums, and has shared stages with acts such as Mary J Blige, Wizkid, M.I., Waje and many others.  We are excited to see her on South African soil.

 

The other confirmed artists for BASSLINE FEST, all previously announced, are as follows:

Dub Inc – France

Flavia Coelho – Brazil

Nakhane – South Africa

Nathalie Natiemba – Reunion Island

Ghorwane – Mozambique

Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabusa – South Africa

Oki Dub Ainu Band – Japan

Sekou Kouyate – Guinea

Azah – South Africa

Elida Almeida – Cape Verde

More artists are being booked for the festival on a regular basis.

 

Now in its 14th year as the only Johannesburg-based Festival that celebrates African unity and diversity, BASSLINE FEST will be held over 2 full days for guests to enjoy music platforms and great food as well as a Nelson Mandela day tour “Footsteps of Mandela”.  Dialogue will also be held to promote social cohesion across the continent.

 

The BASSLINE FEST hashtag, #Bethelegacy is inspired by a partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation as we join the Nelson Mandela centenary celebrations.

Bassline will be working closely with the Nelson Mandela Foundation to promote Madiba’s legacy, through dialogue and Music programming.  BASSLINE FEST is the Foundations official Africa month celebratory event.

 

The music and food festivities kick off on Saturday the 26th May from 3pm to 11pm with two stages, both featuring top tier artists from not only the African continent, but from across the globe.  The Sunday fest times are 12pm to 7pm.

 

SABC2 will broadcast live from the Fest between 8pm and 11pm, reaching a sizeable television audience.

 

Tickets can be booked at www.ticketpros.co.za now for R400 per day.

 

BASSLINE FEST has also put together travel packages for guest coming from afar and a Footsteps of Mandela tour.

 

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Oleta Adams to perform live in Sandton

Posted by radio On March - 23 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Oleta Adams, one of soul music’s legendary names, will set the stage alight when she performs at the Sandton Convention Centre (Pavilion) on Friday, April 27, 2018. She will share the musical honours with South Africa’s own Wanda Baloyi. These two diverse performers make a dynamic package and something to which dedicated music followers can look forward.

 

“T Musicman is delighted to bring  back Oleta Adams to our shores to share the stage with  as we celebrate 21 years of the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz and 20 years of a fruitful partnership with Standard Bank. This journey deserves a spectacular celebration”.

 

We are honored with the support we have had from Business, Public institutions and the public in general. Get your ticket and come experience and celebrate with us for one night only. This Road to Standard Bank Joy of Jazz paves a way to the exciting line up announcement scheduled in May.

 

Adams is a unique artist. She has inspired a growing legion of fans in both the U.S. and Europe with journeys of the heart through songs that draw deeply from her roots in gospel, while crossing effortlessly into the realms of soul, R&B, urban, and popular music.

She came to the attention of the music world with the runaway success of her 1990 Platinum debut album, Circle of One. The record spawned the impassioned hit single, Get Here, the Brenda Russell composition that became the unofficial anthem of the 1991 Gulf War.

 

Her success, nurtured by worldwide tours with Tears for Fears, Phil Collins, Michael Bolton, and Luther Vandross, has been solidified by four Grammy nominations and a seemingly bottomless well of creative energy.

 

Oleta will be adding to her musical legacy with the release in April of a new secular album, Let’s Stay Here, which she is producing herself in addition to writing eight of the ten songs on the album. It will be her eighth album.

 

The album is described as “evocative with a soulful jazz influence and songs that project many tantalising thoughts.” It also features Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good”. The concert, presented by Road to Standard Bank Joy of Jazz, falls under the T Music Man banner. This is the organisation behind the annual Standard Bank Joy of Jazz festival which it has organised with enormous success for the past 31 years.

 

The concert begins at 20:00, but doors will open at 19:30. Tickets prices are R400 and can be obtained from Computicket.

 

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During 2017, the SAMRO Foundation awarded bursaries worth over R1-million to music students, with an online tool streamlining the applications and adjudication. One of the recipients, a third-year student specialising in jazz at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Nelisiwe Zinhle Msomi wrote:

 

“I would like to thank you for supporting my academic journey for this year, 2017. Your meaningful gesture has encouraged me even more to complete my studies. By writing this letter, it is not only to show gratitude but also to build a longer relationship between myself and the SAMRO Foundation. Thank you, kwande la nithathe khona.”

 

Each year the SAMRO Foundation invites applications for bursaries for music studies. The SAMRO Foundation accepts applications from:

 

i) full-time students

ii) registered at a South African University, in their

iii) 2nd, 3rd and 4th years, or Honours and Master’s degrees, who are

iv) citizens of South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho or Swaziland, who are

v) studying for a degree or diploma majoring in music.

 

 

Due to limited resources the Foundation cannot support

(a) Students from private higher education institutions – such as City Varsity; COPA; AFDA; Academy for Sound Engineering; etc.

(b) university students in their 1st year of study

(c) students in foundation or bridging programmes

(d) students specialising in Musical Theatre or Music Therapy

(e) Doctoral level students.

Each bursary is worth R11 000.

 

Online music bursary application forms and guidelines will be on the SAMRO Foundation website by the beginning of November 2017.

Please note that you can only apply once you’ve completed registration in 2018 and have all required documentation as set out below.

 

 

The Application Form:

Before applicants start to fill in the form they should source following digital documents that will need to be uploaded before submitting the application:

  • Copy of ID Document

  • Proof of 2018 registration

  • 2017 Examination results or most recent academic record (university transcript)

  • 2 Letters of reference from current university lecturers (not older than 3 months)

  • For Master’s degree applicants – a reference letter from your supervisor & a 5 – 8 page synopsis of your thesis. Please note that this bursary does not cover any coursework or Master’s degree recitals.

 

We request that all communications including reference letters be provided in English. Please only submit what has been requested. Additional material will be discarded.

Disqualification criteria: Applications will not be considered if

  • any section of the form is incomplete

  • supporting documents are missing

  • more than one proposal is submitted per student

  • the application is submitted after the deadline of 30 March 2018

 

 

Terms and conditions:

  1. The decisions of the independent adjudication panel will be final, subject only to confirmation by SAMRO Foundation’s Board
  2. Awarded bursaries will be communicated to the relevant Heads of Department and paid directly to the relevant universities for the relevant year.
  3. Bursaries are restricted to the degrees/diplomas stated in the applications and may not be transferred to other degrees/diplomas
  4. Bursary awards are for payment of tuition fees only
  5. Bursaries may only be used in the academic year in which they are awarded

For further information, please email samrofoundation@samro.org.za

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2018 marks four years of The Orbit’s existence. As has become tradition, this fourth birthday will be celebrated with The Orbit Anniversary Festival from 13th to 18th March. During this week, The Orbit will be the center of attraction, as some of the country’s most gifted musicians and arts revelers flock to the venue to celebrate the growth of South Africa’s jazz culture.

 

The Orbit Anniversary Festival is truly a coming of age celebration like no other and, this time around, we bring you #The4thMovement.

 

This anniversary conventionally signifies stability and coming full circle and #The4thMovement at The Orbit will be reminiscent of the excitement when the jazz journey first started.

 

#The4thMovement will be bringing big sound with some of the bigger bands in jazz. Celebrating with us will be the legendary Sibongile Khumalo, The Blue Notes Tribute Orkestra, Tlale Makhene’s Swazi Gold, Steve Dyer’s Mantswe a Marabi, and Luyanda Madope’s Connecting Generations.

 

Extra special about The Orbit Anniversary Festival 2018 will be the reunion of the legendary VOICE after almost ten years since they last performed together. This iconic quintet consists of some of South Africa’s most seasoned musicians such as Andile Yenana, Marcus Wyatt, Sidney Mnisi, Herbie Tsoaeli, and Morabo Morajele.

 

This year’s festival will also be the first time a brand new band, Trio Grande, will be presented to South Africa. The trio is a coming together of key figures in South African music; Feya Faku, Paul Hanmer, and Louis Mhlanga. #The4thMovement will be closed off on Sunday, 18 March in jazz tradition with a free jam session led by award-winning pianist and producer, Luyanda Madope.

 

As always, the musical feast will happen at The Home of Jazz – The Orbit – with a meeting of the minds between artists and appreciators of the arts who will descend on Braamfontein to celebrate #The4thMovement.

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MTN Bushfire 2018: New ticket options

Posted by radio On March - 12 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Winner of the African Best Responsible Event Award in 2017, hailed 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 holistic experience made up of a rich texture of arts, cultures, crafts, food markets, and specialized zones that combine to create an explosive three-day event and a memorable take home experience.

 

MTN Bushfire recently announced a host of new ticketing options and festival elements designed to increase the convenience, security and enjoyment of the full-festival weekend.

 

Two exciting developments, that of MTN Bushfire becoming a cashless environment, and the news that camping will open on Thursday night, are both designed to make the entire festival weekend more enjoyable and secure.

With these new exciting developments, MTN Bushfire has also changed its ticketing options with a focus on the full festival weekend experience. Full festival tickets will now also be linked to an armband that will enable a seamless, entry mechanism linked to a unique individual armband that will enable a cashless experience at all the food and bar vendors.

 

Following on the latest trends in payment systems, guests will be able to create an online account before getting to the festival. They will then receive an armband linked to their ticket that enables tap and go payments at bars and food vendors on site. Throughout the weekend guests can top-up at various top-up stations. This exciting new development will ensure less time in queues and more time taking in the MTN Bushfire experience.

 

 

In order to facilitate an ever better MTN Bushfire weekend, and alleviate the major traffic and border-related issues, MTN Bushfire is excited to welcome campers on-site from Thursday May 24th. MTN Bushfire 2018 camping will open on Thursday, for campers only, from 12 noon.  Campers will have access to Malandela’s restaurant in the festival area from 4pm on Thursday.

 

Main gates for general festival goers will open at 4pm, Friday May 25th.

With the yearly demand for full festival tickets growing ever year, and with a focus on improving the overall weekend experience, which is now a full 3 days,  only Single Sunday tickets are available NOW at local Swazi outlets and online, with a full and exciting line-up planned for the day.

 

MTN Bushfire encourages everyone to celebrate throughout the festival weekend and buy tickets via the MTN Bushfire website as soon as possible as full festival tickets sell-out every year well in advance of the gates opening.

Tickets are on sale NOW for MTN Bushfire via the website and from MTN service centres in Mbabane (Corporate Place), Manzini (Riverstone Mall), Ezulwini (Shak’s – Gables) as well as House on Fire in Malkerns.

Please note: MTN Service Centres ONLY accept cash and NOT debit/credit cards. House on Fire accepts Mastercard and VISA

Also visit the website for various travel and accommodation options including (camping and glamping) options, as well as special VIP and family friendly packages.

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Bassline is proud to announce the all new BASSLINE FEST, previously known as Bassline Africa Day Concert.

Now in its 14th year as the only Johannesburg-based Festival that celebrates African unity and diversity, BASSLINE FEST is taking over three full days to platform music, food, and dialogue to promote social cohesion across the continent.

 

The BASSLINE FEST hashtag, #Bethelegacy is inspired by a partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation as we join the Nelson Mandela centenary celebrations.

Bassline will be working closely with the Nelson Mandela Foundation to promote Madiba’s legacy, through dialogue and Music programming.  BASSLINE FEST is the Foundations official Africa month celebratory event.

 

KAYA FM Managing Director, Greg Maloka, says that Kaya FM is proud to be part of this musical celebration once again, “As the home of the Afropolitan, Kaya FM listeners frequently hear music and content from all over the continent as part of our regular programming because celebrating Africa, its people and its diversity is part of the stations culture. Thus, we have enjoyed a mutual and long-standing relationship with Bassline Fest and the Nelson Mandela Foundation for this event.”

 

TRACE Southern Africa’s Senior-Vice President, Leo Manne, is excited about the extended partnership: “As we enter our second year of collaborating with the Bassline family, we look forward to taking our collaboration to greater heights. We are confident that the revival of this already successful event property will attract more of our urban African youth who are central to our commitment to building musical bridges across our vibrant continent.”

 

With Constitution Hill as the host, the weekend festivities begin on Friday 25th May – African Union’s official Africa Day, with a closed day of dialogues in the Women’s Prison, involving key thought-leaders in a series of panel discussions.

The main focus will be on promoting social cohesion, the legacy of Nelson Mandela, the Constitution as well as a look at how music and arts continue to contribute towards the promotion of democracy. Media is encouraged to attend the discussions and can be booked in accordingly.

 

The music and food festivities kick off on Saturday the 26th May from 3pm to 11pm with two stages, both featuring top tier artists from not only the African continent, but from across the globe.

SABC2 will broadcast live from the Fest between 8pm and 11pm, reaching a sizeable television audience.

The Sunday fest times are 12pm to 7pm.

 

The first announcement of artists, in no order of priority, is as follows:

Dub Inc – France

Flavia Coelho – Brazil

Nakhane – South Africa

Nathalie Natiemba – Reunion Island

Ghorwane – Mozambique

Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabusa – South Africa

Oki Dub Ainu Band – Japan

Sekou Kouyate – Guinea

Azah – South Africa

Elida Almeida – Cape Verde

 

The next tier of acts will be announced in two weeks, including a surprise headliner.

 

BASSLINE FEST forms the Johannesburg leg of the Igoda Festival Circuit.

Igoda, meaning ‘knot’ or ‘bind together’ in Zulu, is a unique and innovative concept that brings together the finest music festivals within Southern Africa to create one of the strongest touring circuits on the African continent.

The circuit presents an ease of opportunity for artists to travel the continent.  International artists will often share the circuit and can be seen at several of the festivals over the same space of time, allowing fans from across the continent that exposure.

Festivals represented by the Ignoda circuit include Azgo Festival – Mozambique, MTN Bushfire – Swaziland, Zakifo Festival – Durban, South Africa, Sakifo Festival – Reunion Island, and the latest addition to the circuit, DOADOA in Uganda.

BASSLINE FEST is the exclusive Johannesburg partner in the Igoda circuit, securing absolute exclusivity of artists on the tour for this territory.  In other words, you will only catch them on our stage in Johannesburg.

 

Final Artist line-ups and programming for the weekend will be shared with the public in due time.

 

 

Early bird tickets are open now for R300 at www.ticketpros.co.za

Tickets are R400 per day thereafter.

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Kaya FM 95.9 and Bassline Live once again deliver the finest in South African performances in the now bi-monthly instalment of ‘Live at the Lyric’ at Gold Reef City – this time with the iconic Afro-Soul and Gospel singer, Tsepo Tshola, aka The Village Pope.

 

This 40-year music industry veteran has experienced one of the more illustrious careers of his generation, alongside his peers and friends which include Julian Bahula, Jabu Khanyile, Nana Coyote and of course, most notably, his writing and touring partner, the great, recently departed Hugh Masekela.

 

Destined to set the “House on Fire” with his 13-piece ensemble on the 7th April, Tsepo will be performing material from his greatest hits, as well as newer material and a special tribute to the seminal Afro-beat group Sankomoto.  His two musician sons Kamo and Katlego will also be joining him on stage in this show, dubbed a ‘celebration of life and music’.

 

Having been a leader in bands such as The Lesotho Blue Diamonds, The Anti-Antics and Uhuru, he eventually captured the hearts of the nation with Sankomota with his profound lyrical pronouncement on social and political issues of the time.

 

Tsepo had, in later years, become a far more spiritual man – a path he is proud to have taken and in the early 2000’s he turned his focus inwards and started walking a more spiritual path in his song-writing.

Before long was one of the highly regarded Afro-Gospel artists, producing rousing, lyrically poignant, often personally-driven songs – a side to himself that he has never shown in his music before, having always reserved his lyrics for more socio-political issues.

 

And now, in 2018, a resident of his homeland Lesotho, he is happy to continue to perform for his multi-generational fan-bases around the country.  Having had one of largest and boldest careers of the musical stalwarts of the land, he is still waving the flag high for his peers and the political and personal struggles they have overcome together through music.

 

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

 

Make sure you catch this iconic figure live in concert on the 7th April at the Lyric Theatre.  Book now at Computicket to avoid disappointment!

Tickets: R250, R300, R400 & R500.

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MTN Bushfire initial line-up announced

Posted by radio On February - 22 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

5k-HD (Austria)

5K HD is an Austrian avante-garde jazz supergroup made up of Schmied’s pulse front woman Mira Lu Kovacs and the 4 guys from Kompost 3. The improvisational jazz / funk / groove band is one of the most expressive voices in Austria. With partly acoustic, partly electronic sounds, one moves fluently through jazz, dubstep, break-beat, funk, and even into a prog rock escalation, effortlessly and seamlessly, but without ever losing sight of a pop sensibility.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpYoFYhbzy4

 

Alice Phoebe Lou (South Africa)

Alice Phoebe Lou’s fiercely independent approach to her music has given the singer songwriter a creative confidence that shines through in her captivating vocals and stripped back music. Having developed her bluesy, folk sound busking on the streets of Berlin, Alice has caught the ears of a community of music lovers the world over with her honest storytelling and raw, beautiful voice.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPH9j0qVM3A

 

Derek Gripper (South Africa)

Derek Gripper is a unique South African guitarist who explores many ranges and styles of music. It took Derek Gripper untold hours of painstaking work to transcribe note-for-note the complex compositions of Malian kora player Toumani Diabaté and find a way of playing them on classical six-string guitar. The results appeared on his ninth album, One Night on Earth, marking a meeting point of the written tradition of Western classical music and the oral tradition of the West African griots.

Derek continues his inspired interpretations of West African composers on his latest album, Libraries on Fire which won a Songlines Award for Best African and Middle Eastern Album for 2017. Derek’s next release is a recording of Bach’s solo violin works, transcribed for guitar, out February 2018.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55QnOlXckOk

 

Dub Inc (France)

They have toured all over the world for many years, regularly playing in front of tens of

thousands of spectators, setting the stage ablaze in the largest European and French festivals,

thrilling South American and Indian audiences alike. Their videos get hundreds of thousands of views in daily, and they are followed on social networks by more than four hundred thousand fans. Saint-Etienne based Dub Inc have never sought a particularly mainstream exposure; they went their own way, building their discography with passion, talent, and focus. Perhaps that is why they have been for almost ten years the best ambassadors of French reggae across the globe. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjwQudZdL1s

 

 

 

Dusty & Stones (Swaziland)

This country music duo made up of Gazi ‘Dusty’ Simelane and Linda ‘Stones’ Msibi’s. They are cousin /brothers who hail from Mooihoek, Hlathikulu, in the Shiselweni region. The two grew up listening to the music of Don Williams and Kenny Rogers, never knowing that one day they would become country music artists in their own right. They take pride in having won three awards at the Tihlabani Awards in the Best Country Group/Artist of The Year categories for three consecutive years namely 2009, 2010 and 2011.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1LqIccCT6g

 

Elida Almeida (Cape Verde):

Winner of the Prix Découvertes RFI in 2015, Elida, is an immensely talented young woman born on the island of Santiago. She developed her vocal techniques through simple church singing and was always interested in local musical culture, even presenting a show on local radio in Maio, where she grew up. A determined woman and committed champion of the right to education, Elida left her rural world to concentrate on writing her love and protest songs. Her career success and recognition has been hard earned, built by herself with grace and tenacity.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcjZPBN2MXE

 

Flavia Coelho (Brazil)

Flavia has travelled many of the world’s roads. From Rio de Janeiro’s Favela ‘morros’ to the storied streets of Paris, this nomad feels at home wherever she’s made welcome. Her current refuge and home-from-home is a cozy retreat where she can transform, chrysalis-like, to emerge with a fully-formed new album, her third: Sonho Real.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NjXMrhP_iE

 

Georgetown (South Africa)

Georgetown is a multi-instrumental Bluegrass Folk band from Pretoria. Formed in January 2014, the band consists of 4 permanent members Michael de Villiers, Renaldo van Dyk, Rynier Prins and Tiaan Erasmus.  They use a variety of musical instruments during their performance including acoustic guitar, piano, ukulele, upright bass, mandolin, harmonica, clarinet, saxophone, a washboard and a 1935 suitcase, promising a unique and creative sound to contemporary and original folk music.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMZgQ9iAc50 

 

Kapa Dech (Mozambique)

Formed in Mozambique in 1996, Kapa Dech have performed all over the world, bringing the sounds of Mozambique to festivals across Europe.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwSQMO4PLvM

 

DJ Lag (South Africa)

History will remember DJ LAG as a pioneer who propelled the quintessentially Durban Gqom sound beyond the confines of the coastal city, straight into the capitals of the international electronic music industry. DJ Lag’s superb production skills have played a big part in transforming a sub-genre of house – one that began by soundtracking taxi trips around Durban – to an enviably innovative participant in the global scene. Since he first surfaced several years ago, DJ Lag has played several major South African events, including the 2015 Johannesburg-leg of Boiler Room, and the 2016 Cape Town Electronic Music Festival.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ycr4BI8I94

 

 

 

Manu Sija (Argentina)

Manu Sija, is a young Argentine multi-instrumentalist who has created a nice based on the improvisation and miscegenation of languages, and Latin American folklore. He has manages to combine, in an original way, a sound that goes from Violeta Parra and Atahualpa Yupanqui to

Pat Metheny. He works within the orthodoxy of folklore, but still imbues the music with the flair of a jazz treatment. Manu was offered a scholarship to study at the renowned Berklee College of

Music of Boston and has already made seven tours  in the United States, as well as multiple tours in Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ne0fezBQ0A

 

Mario Batkovic (Switzerland)

With his latest album named by Rolling Stone as one of the 20 Best Avant Albums of the year, Mario Batovic is an accordion player unlike any other. Rolling Stone describes him like this, “He brings the cycling, repetitive pulses of minimalist composers to raw solo performance, creating a sparkling world of hypnotic melodies and resonating sounds. Miked so you can hear the intimate clack of buttons, it’s a stunning marvel of see-sawing melodies and warm wheezes.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kd9-3oAUVBE

 

Nakhane Touré  (South Africa)

Nakhane Touré is a South African musician, singer and songwriter whose multiple talents have taken the world by storm. His musical style spans over songs rooted in African indigenous music and indie rock. An actor, songwriter, singer and activist, Nakhane is a major musical force.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ug5C8xMSRC8

 

Nathalie Natiembé.  (Reunion Island)

Nathalie Natiembé is free. She is a rebel. She has always said that she is doing maloya, even if it is almost absent, rhythmically, from her new album, it still wraps the whole of her state of mind with a marooning ambiance. Yes, she is free with an energy that earned her the nickname of “little punk of the maloya.” Its as if after her years of flirting with rock, pop, punk, reggae, she can now finally appreciate the pleasure of a peaceful happy marriage with this Reunionese culture- her second skin, the one which lives in her trance of words.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGAOHPoBlGY

 

Nonku Phiri (South Africa)

Nonku, daughter of SA jazz legend Ray Phiri, has made a name for herself in her own right, most notably for her collaboration with Crazy White Boy on the track Ghetto Tech.  She is expressive and able to jump genres, seamlessly combining electronica, soul and hip hop. She is also a talented graphic designer and illustrator, as well as an actress. With her creative focus now firmly on her music, Nonku is continuing to take the SA music world by storm.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3bHRqNsBm0

 

Oki Dub Ainu Band (Japan)

OKI was born to a Japanese mother and an Ainu father. After graduating in crafts at the Tokyo University of Fine Arts, he moved to New York in 1987, where he worked as special effects artist on film productions.  Oki returned to Japan in 1992, he received his first Tonkori—a traditional stringed instrument developed by the native Ainu people of Sakhalin. Although the instrument was regularly displayed behind glass in museums, there were virtually no traditional players. Oki devoted himself to studying Tonkori and soon began making his own. In 1996 he released his first album ‘Kamuy kor nupurpe.’ Shortly after he established Chikar Studio to in order to encourage other Ainu artists and promote the music of Ainu artists to the world. Chikar studio has presently released a total of 20 albums, including titles by the traditional singer Umeko Ando and the all-female ensemble Marewrew, who sing traditional dance songs called “Upopo” with a modern sensibility.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dv_N2E9_sJ8

 

Rebirth of Cool (South Africa)

Rebirth of Cool is an idea conceived of the desires of two gentlemen of the musical craft, namely DJ Kenzhero and Tha_MuziK, to bring opulence to the public by taking the classics of jazz and fusing them with their descendants. They breathe new life into it, a unique and seamless concoction set to teach a thing or two while laying down the sweetest groove. Innovation and a shiny new perspective are the modus operandi, calling home the refined jazz palate and piquing the interest of the curious, hoping to leave with them a renewed appreciation with each encounter.

 

Samthing Soweto (South Africa)

Samkelo Lelethu Mdolomba also known as Samthing Soweto is a musician from Soweto, a township in Johannesburg South Africa. Samthing Soweto started his career as one of the founding members of the South African acapella group The Soil. He is honorably credited for his outstanding vocal appearance, co-writing, composing and producing 8 of 11 songs on their multi-platinum selling album The Soil. He has recently topped the South African charts with Sun-El Musician  and their massive hit, Akanamali.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4ApmPc4g48

 

Sibusile Xaba (South Africa)

Sibusile Xaba carries forth the Maskandi / Mbaqanga tradition of the KwaZulu Natal midlands, from where he originates. Steeped in the lineage of Zulu guitar giant Madala Kunene (Sibusile’s first mentor) & warrior chants of vocal master, Shaluza Max, he not only owns these influences, but pushes the envelope as only a maestro with a keen ear for the future does.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU9h8YqPPOI

 

The Grammers (Finland)

The Grammers formed in 1999 when members Jussi Vuola on drums, Hannu Vainionpää on vocals and Hannu Huitu on guitars came together from different local bands. Soon after the band they recruited Ville Vesalainen on the lead guitar and Saku Kujala as the bass player. Classic rock’s messengers of the north, The Grammers, continue their ever-growing journey on classic rock’s dusty highway as they recruit Timo Toikka as their seventh member. Toikka, founder of the bands Achiote and Salatuikkajat, will be playing guitar and percussion to the already tremendous band sound.

http://www.thegrammers.com/videos

 

Timbila Muzimba (Mozambique)

Timbila Muzimba was born of a cultural and artistic vision among a group of young Mozambican musicians and dancers in August 1997 in the township of Jardim, Maputo. Inspired by their own native Machope tradition, the group is dedicated to a passionate and ongoing exploration of the diverse traditions of Mozambican music and dance. With unblinking artistic authenticity, natural virtuosity, and the captivating energy of youthful spontaneity, they bring the magic, depth, and intensity of Mozambican music and dance to the stage.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NO0iq7lF364

 

Tlale Makhene (Swaziland)

Tlale Makhene is one of the region’s most sought after percussionists. Highly regarded by musicians and musical fans, he is also a teacher, session musician and performer. He has been touring across the region with his new album, Swazi Gold.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjC3CMwTKzY

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Laadisol’s 4th Annual Music & Food Picnic

Posted by radio On February - 21 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

As the year sets in, Laadisol is here to make sure that the fun never stops. The 24th of February 2018, will be a day filled with great music, food and awesome company, at the Laadisol 4th annual music picnic, taking place at Fountains Valley Resort (Denneboom Lapa) Pretoria.

Laadisol, is an entertainment business started by Lesole Semetjane and Pheladi Mohlala together known as “Laadisol”

 

“We are just two like-minded cousins who have the common love for great music and Laadisol as a business that started coming together in 2014, since then we have created a platform that allows us and others to express their musical talents and have fun while at it”- Lesole the director of Laadisol said.

 

“In a country where unemployment is real, we have taken the steps to be the authors of our own fate and make sure that we make a difference through the opportunities that we have at our disposal, while sharing and giving others the same opportunities.”Pheladi added.

Laadisol Picnic is an event that brings the best of the best, accomplished or up and coming vocalist together, from all over the country, to showcase their musical talents.  While ensuring an intimate and unheard of live music experiences. The lineup promises great sounds by our very own talented artists such as, singer and songwriter Lang Mavuso, clash of the choirs’ star Nondumiso Mabena, Yanga, Neo Artistry, and the duo of the night Laadisol amongst others.

 

Being an outdoor event make sure to come picnic ready food and drinks will be sold at the venue.

 

Date:24th February 2018.

Time: 11:00am

Venue: Fountains Valley, Pretoria, Denneboom deck.

Tickets available online: http://www.laadiso.nutickets.co.za/

 

Lesole and Pheladi are available for interviews.

 

For more info please contact: Kgomotso Motaung @kgomotso@laadisol.com 073 247 8766 or info@laadisol.com

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New York-based Ghanaian multi-disciplinarian artist, singer, songwriter, producer and fashion icon Jojo Abot has just dropped her highly anticipated, brand new single Alime into the South African territory.

Already a star with the more outspoken musical audiences, Jojo Abot’s strong sense of self and constant desire to probe the norm in terms of everything from politics to fashion has garnered her the respect of her peers and the musical, socio-political and fashion savvy youth in a very short space of time.

Still relatively new to South African commercial audiences, her performances are wildly aesthetically driven, with a sonic prowess that can only be described as jaw-dropping and highly inspired, so much so that she has effortlessly shared stages touring with the likes of Lauryn Hill, been on the bill of the esteemed Afro Punk line up and held successful performances in the city of Brooklyn.

 

Exploring a sound Jojo Abot calls ‘psychedelic Gqom’ on Alime, the self-penned and produced track and video is what she personally describes as “a nod of appreciation for the spiritual trance that is South African Gqom, expressed by what a marriage between myself and this sound could create.”

 

Alime which means ‘waist’ or ‘in the waist’ is a song designed to celebrate our colourful resilience as a people while serving as a call to exist in one’s power, authenticity and expression – an exercise of personal liberty, will and freedom”, she cites.

 

Featuring up and coming South African artists Elo and Vuyo, the colourful video to Alime was shot in Soweto, Katlehong and Braamfontein, incorporating everyday spaces with people of the streets becoming the stars of this ‘village sci-fi.’

Always hands on and hands inside her art, Jojo Abot herself produced the music video as well as choreographing, directing and styling it, giving it the authenticity that comes only from an artist so invested and inspired by a space of personal reflection and experience.

 

Jojo Abot has been booked for a 3-month tour of Australia that kicks off at the end of February – an experience she hopes to embrace and garner even more inspiration from.  Plans for her national South African tour are currently underway.

 

Confirmed Australian  & new Zealand dates are as follows:

PERTH INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL

3 MARCH – 2018

 

BRUNSWICK MUSIC FESTIVAL – MELBOURNE

8 MARCH 2018

 

WOMADELAIDE – ADELAIDE

9-12 MARCH 2018

(Brazil), Daymé Arocena (Cuba), Havana Meets Kingston (Cuba/Jamaica), Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (USA), Kamasi Washington (USA), Lura (Cape Verde), Nai Palm (Australia), Noura Mint Seymali  (Mauritania), Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band (Ghana), Remi x Sampa (Australia), Tank & The Bangas (USA), Thundercat (USA), Tinariwen (Mali), Yirrmal & the Miliyawutj Band (Australia) and much more.

 

WOMAD NZ

16-18 MARCH

 

Watch the vide to Alime here: https://youtu.be/Tr1KqDFv5rg

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