BASSLINE FEST is proud to announce the latest addition to the line-up is none other than the five-time Grammy-winning South African singing legends, Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
Performing as part of the ‘Africa’s Tribute To Madiba’ performance on Saturday the 26th May, alongside Malian icon Salif Keita and Nigerian pop sensation Yemi Alade, the group will also get the opportunity to do a solo set on the same night – making it one of the most exciting music weekends Johannesburg has ever witnessed.
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 BASSLINE FEST will be the only opportunity for one to witness the Nelson Mandela Tribute collaboration and add even more exclusivity to this already rare world-class lineup.
So far, the confirmed line up of artists for BASSLINE FEST are as follows:
Salif Keita- Mali
Yemi Alade - Nigeria
Ladysmith Black Mambazo – South Africa
Dub Inc – France
Flavia Coelho – Brazil
Nakhane – South Africa
Nathalie Natiemba – Reunion Island
Ghorwane – Mozambique
Femi Koya - Nigeria
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”. A 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 3 pm to 11 pm with two stages, both featuring top-tier artists from not only the African continent but from across the globe. The Sunday fest times are 12 pm to 7 pm.
SABC2 will broadcast live from the Fest between 8 pm and 11 pm, reaching a sizeable television audience.
Tickets can be booked at ticketpros.co.za now for R400 per day or R700 for the weekend.
BASSLINE FEST has also put together travel packages for guest coming from afar and a Footsteps of Mandela tour.
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, SABC2, SAA, Constitution Hill, SAB Inbev, Tsogo Sun, IFAS, more to be announced in due course.