After taking a hard knock, the world of live entertainment is finding its feet again, and it will be standing tall at the 17tth Annual Bassline Fest.
Headlining this year's instalment of the live music festival are African music giants, Thandiswa "King Tha" Mazwai, Zambian-born-Australian-based rapper, singer and songwriter, Sampa The Great, as well as legendary South African rapper, Stogie T, who is set to perform with an all-star jazz quartet.
The show will be held at the iconic Constitutional Hill Human Rights Precinct in Braamfontein on Saturday 27 November, and will once again be curated by Bassline Live, one of the country’s major concert production houses known for their pan-African approach to music curation, and for hosting some of Africa's finest music icons for over 27 years.
This year's festival comes as a celebration of life and healing, and, as the title suggests, being here to see a new day following a period characterised by global grief and turmoil brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Dedicated to nurturing cross-border collaboration, the line-up also boasts a crop of new-age experimental folk musicians including Morena Leraba of Lesotho, Moonga K from Botswana and SA’s own Laliboi and Ikati Esengxoweni.
With a renewed spirit of collaboration among artists, promoters and art foundations who all have a common goal: to resuscitate and revive inner-city festival culture – the show is supported by a number of organisations. The year it backed by a solid partnership between Music In Africa Foundation’s (MIAF) ACCES, and the German Reeperbahn Festival.
Apart from live performances, this year's festival will host what is set to be Africa's leading music conference where music professionals from around the world will meet to exchange ideas, discover new talent and create business networks and explore various industry topics ranging from talent development and transformations in the live music industry.
Bassline Fest will be observing all COVID-19 restrictions and protocols to manage the safety of attendees.
Bassline Fest is a cashless affair using Howler’s cashless platform, which will enable a safer, easier, faster and more secure option to purchase tickets and buy food and drinks at the Fest.