It’s almost Africa Day (25 May) and that means it’s nearly time for the Africa Day Concert, which takes place in Newtown on 28 May. The focus of Africa Day* is to celebrate diversity through unity and what better way to express this sentiment than with music from across the continent.
Highlights include Oliver Mtukudzi from Zimbabwe, Songhoy Blues (a desert punk/blues band from Mali) and Vaudou Game (a retro-inspired groove-based funk band from Togo). Up-and-coming star Nakhane Toure from South Africa will also perform, as well as the fabulous acapella group The Soil, who’ll be offering their own special brand of “Kasi Soul” (also South Africa).
This year has a strong female focus and stars such as Nigerian musician Waje, Hagar Samir from Egypt, Maya Kamati from Reunion and Zonke, Maleh and Tribute “Birdie” Mboweni from South Africa.
The Bassline venue in Newtown has put its heart and soul into making the Africa Day Concert 2016 a not-to-be-missed event (it’s the Bassline’s 12th Africa Day concert). Radio station Kaya FM, is also putting its full support behind the initiative. Kaya FM MD Greg Maloka is especially pleased about the focus on women at this year’s event. He says: “For her to thrive once again, Africa needs her women to stand firm as women, and her song to keep playing for her children to play along.”
The Africa Day concert is taking place in Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown, Johannesburg and tickets are available from TicketPro for R210.
*Africa Day marks the establishment of the Organisation of African Unity (known today as the African Union) in May 1963.
See the video: Songhoy Blues – live performance.