Arts Alive International Festival Heritage Weekend

Arts Alive Festival 2016 celebrates September as Heritage Month and brings Joburg audiences a weekend of musical bliss.

Rock, Reggae, Hip Hop, Kwaito, Jazz, House, Blues, Folks and Traditional music like never seen before. From 23-25 September, the Arts Alive Festival brings a diversity of musical experiences for people from all walks of life.

Friday 23 September

8pm | The Mandela | Joburg Theatre | R150.
Hugh Masekela (SA) is a well decorated SA flugelhornist, trumpeter, bandleader, composer, singer, activist and defiant political voice. He will be giving a once off performance of his greatest hits with Jamaican reggae/dancehall queen, Queen Ifrica, on the night. Dubbed one of the greatest songwriters and performers to come out of Jamaica in the last decade. They will be joined by an enthusiastic young Afrojazz band Encore.

Arts Alive International Festival Heritage Weekend
Laurie Levine and Josie Field. Photograph by Maxwell Lehr.

Saturday 24 September

8pm | The Mandela | Joburg Theatre | R150
Dan Patlansky, voted 4th best rock guitarist in the world, will provide an exciting evening of Rock, Blues and Neo-folk sounds. Laurie Levin and Josie Field, the folk duo named the “Collaboration of the Year” and the first of its kind on SA soil, are also on the line-up. Dan Patlansky will be joined on stage by friends Dave Ferguson, a talented blues harmonica player together with acclaimed guitarist Mauritz Lotz and Namibian sensation Andra in a onetime Rock, Blues & Folk expression. 2016 SAMA winner of the Best Alternative Album, Nakhane Touré rounds off this exciting night diverse musical offerings.

Saturday 24 September

6pm | Urban Clash | Soweto Theatre | R50
Urban Clash is a battle between Kwaito, Hip hop, Afropop, House, Reggae and Dance Music. Arts Alive puts SAs top artists in each field to see which music will be dubbed the People Music on the night. Featuring: Babes Wodumo, Queen Ifrica (Jaimaca), Busiswa, Tumi Tladi and Ben Sharpa among many others. This is hosted by mzansi presenter Scoop Makhathini.

Sunday 25 September

12 noon | Traditional Music and Dance Festival & The Soweto Craft Market | Soweto Theatre | FREE!
The Musical and Cultural Mashup is sealed off with a special tribute to heritage month, with a festival that celebrates traditional dance and music. Including the likes of Isicathamiya, Mbaqanga, Maskandi, Mqashiya, as well as Imbube. Featuring a host of famous traditional music gurus and bands with an event suitable for the whole family. A Craft Market will also take place.

For more information on the Arts Alive Festival, please visit their website.

All images are courtesy of Zee Cube.

Arts Alive International Festival Heritage Weekend
Hugh Masekela. Photograph by Brett Rubin.
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