Initial musical line up announced

BCUC Bongeziwe Mabandla

The Fête de la Musique in Johannesburg has established itself as one of the fastest growing festival brands in South Africa. Drawing 5 000 people in 2012, 8 000 people in 2013 and 10 000 people in 2014, the event promises to be bigger and better in 2015 as it moves to its new home at Newtown Junction in the heart of downtown Joburg.

Various stakeholders from the greater Newtown Cultural Precinct area will be involved in multiple live performances and programming activities spread throughout the day, and all come together at the exciting Newtown Junction precinct. The Bassline, The Market Theatre, Artist Proof Studio, The Dance Corner, The Market Photo Workshop, Sci Bono Centre and others organisations will participate in this annual and uniquely FREE celebration of music and culture.

The 4th edition of Fête de La Musique promotes musical diversity and showcases a broad mix of music ranging from pop, rock, hip-hop, jazz, traditional and even to brass band music. Some of the international musical line up festival goers can expect on the day include:

Jaojoby (Madagascar) is commonly recognised as the most popular singer in Madagascar and the Indian Ocean islands. Widely referred to as the "King of Salegy", the grooviest and most popular music genre of the island, his success has earned him such honours as Artist of the Year in Madagascar (1998–1999) and the role of Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund in 1999.

Benjamin Piat (France) presents his very personal Chanson Française, mixing up touching lyrics, captivating melodies and lively beats. After performing more than 300 gigs, and winning an award at the “Chant’ Appart” Festival, Benjamin Piat is proud to present his brand new record “Boîte à Musique” with his debut South African show.

Grèn Sémé (France/Reunion Island) succeeds in bringing their 'Maloya' sounds far beyond Reunion Island's borders. Their music, deeply rooted in tradition, explores new horizons and new sounds. In this laboratory comes to life a mix of singing and experimentation, between blues and joy, rebellion and tenderness, that they call "evolutive maloya".

Now, Fête de la Musique is thrilled to announce the following South African acts will be performing alongside the three amazing international artists already confirmed by festival organisers.

Fête de la Musique favourites and now firmly established as rising stars of African music BCUC and Bongeziwe Mabandla will headline this year, alongside a slew of relative newcomers including Coal Train Band, Go Barefoot, Miss Bubu and The Meerkat Mob.

The full programme will be made available shortly!
Note that the programme is subject to change.

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