Bassline Africa Day Concert – who is performing
By Nomali Cele
For 13 years, the Bassline Africa Day concert has been the crown on the Africa Month jewel. Now hosted at the Johannesburg Expo Centre Amphitheatre in Nasrec, the Bassline Africa Day concert will introduce the attending audience to new artists while treating it to beloved and legendary acts with beloved musical catalogues. The Bassline Africa Day concert is a time for authentic African music to shine.
This is a list and background information of all the artists performing at the 2017 Bassline Africa Day Concert on 27 May.
Clockwise: Thandiswa Mazwai, Jah Prayzah and Ray Phiri
Thandiswa Mazwai (South Africa)
She of Belede fame, needs no introduction. If you are a Thandiswa Mazwai fan, come watch her perform from her three studio albums Zabalaza, Ibokwe and Belede. There’s nothing quite like a Thandiswa Mazwai performance.
Jah Prayzah (Zimbabwe)
Jah Prayzah, affectionately known to his fans as Musoja, is a popular Zimbabwean artist. His sound mixes elements of afro-pop and afrobeat with splashes of dancehall. `he has won numerous NAMA and ZIMA awards in the over a decade he’s been commercially recording music. Jah Prayzah has collaborated with other celebrated African musicians such as Mafikizolo and Diamond Platnumz creating well-received collaborations.
Ray Phiri (South Africa)
Ray Phiri has been performing music professionally since the late 1960s, he’s a founding member of the legendary soulful funk band, Stimela. Along with vocal work, Ray Phiri is also a renown guitarist, composer and lyricist.
Clockwise: Bombino, Baloji and Vusi Mahlasela
Bombino is a rockstar. He has built his career on adapting his traditional Tuareg music to contemporary sounds. Beautiful vocals and spirited, skilled guitar playing meet in Bombino’s music. Expect guitar solos and an electrifying set.
Baloji is a Belgian-Congolese artist. Inspired by his poetry roots, his music is rap signified by production and samples that are heavily influenced by black musical styles such as dancehall, jazz, soul and house. Baloji is also highly regarded for his visual work in his videos, which is bound to come through in his Africa Day performance and setup.
With his guitar-strummed folk music, Vusi Mahlasela has built a successful career over 25 yers. He’s considered to be one of the guardians of South African music.
Petite Noir (left) and Jojo Abot
Petite Noir (DRC and South Africa)
Petite Noir has, for the past five to six years, been a part of Africa’s guard of independent, young artists making music that is borderless as it primarily lives online. In 2013, Petite Noir was part of Solange Knowles’ Saint Heron compilation project, which saw him perform even more international shows. He’s also collaborated with Yassin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) and is the pioneer of a sound he’s termed “Noirwave.”
Jojo Abot (Ghana)
Jojo Abot is a Ghanaian afro jazz artist working with the medium of vocals, piano and visuals as her primary mediums. While her music is rooted in jazz and soul, she fuses other influences such as afrobeat and punk. Come witness her project FYFYA WOTO live at the Bassline Africa Day Concert.
Jobie Clare (left) and Kommanda Obbs
Jobie Clarke (South Africa)
Jobie Clarke is a vocal powerhouse. Classically trained, his repertoire ranges from jazz and classic music to isicathamiya and other traditional genres. Singing, writing and composing, Jobie Clarke is a multifaceted artist.
Kommanda Obbsa (Lesotho)
Kommanda Obbsa fuses traditional Sesotho music, other African sounds and hip hop to create a sub-genre he called Ts’epe. In the vein of Mahikeng’s Motswako music, Ts’epe fuses African language traditions, contemporary sounds and the rules of hip hop to create a distinctly African sound.
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