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Fête De La Musique 2018 – Artist Line Up

  The Alliance Française of Johannesburg, the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS), and Bassline Live in partnership with the Market Theatre Foundation are proud to announce the 7th edition of the Fête de La Musique – the iconic global celebration of music that annually warms winter calendars in Johannesburg and celebrates the universal language of music! Fête de La Musique is proud to present the preliminary line up of musicians for 2018:


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Femi Koya

Femi Koya is the new face of the African Renaissance. Combining Afrobeat and jazz, West African highlife with a nostalgic Sophiatown flavour, his music is a rich blend of deep and sultry jazz and contemporary groove. He is urban and urbane. His life’s journey – a story of migration from the West to the South – resonates in his music, which creates a conscious dialogue between West African and South African sounds. This musical fusion demonstrates the path to a new and culturally integrated Africa in which a common heritage is reinforced to meet the needs of today’s world. His quest is for African unity at a time when he believes Africa should claim its rightful and proud place in the world.

ARTIST LINKS | Facebook: @femkoya | Youtube: /femikoya


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Senegalese multi-disciplinary artist Ibaaku is a prolific and eclectic artist. Like a musical UFO, he introduces us to his world mixing hip-hop and experimental electro blended with Senegalese references and afro-futuristic style. During his Southern African tour, he will perform at the Fête de la Musique for an exceptional musical getaway of styles and art forms.

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Jess & Crabbe

Jess & Crabbe originally established their name as a house music act. Since 1999, this French duo has released several records and has produced numerous remixes for various artists including Daft Punk. Their mixtapes are currently considered classics and acclaimed by loyal fans all worldwide. In 2010, Southern Fried Records reissued a version of their ’99 hit, Big Booya, with remixes among which Fat Boy Slim’s. In 2013, the UK label, Hot Haus Rec./UTTU, reissued Big Booya and Council with remixes by Matrixxman and Kodiak. In 2010, they co-founded BAZZERK, a music label and multi-form entertainment project that focuses essentially on African urban music and worldwide experimental upfront club music. In addition, the emergence of Kuduro out of afro communities in Europe, US, and Japan is credited to them. They brought into the spotlight the often ignored Afroscenes, particularly those originating from Southern Africa and Portugal. Crabbe has been the chief A&R of the label B.Yrslf Division from 2010 till mid-2015, which focused on the emerging bass scene and all mutating forms of house and club music. Jess is also the co-curator of the compilations Space Oddities from Born Bad records and is the founder and drummer of afro-funk-punk band 10LEC6 under Ed Banger records.

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Morena Leraba

Morena Leraba is a shepherd from the mountains of Lesotho who fuses his homegrown traditional Famo inspired vocals with electronic dance, reggae, hip-hop and everything in between. Meshing cultures and sounds from far and wide to create a truly unique sonic experience with producers and collaborations around the world.



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B.O.Y. Wonder

Transcending the underground with the utmost credibility, Batsile Ramasodi is undoubtedly and unmistakably a burgeoning force within the entertainment and performance arts realms. With more aliases than James Bond, this multifaceted performer is commonly known to the entertainment world as “B.O.Y Wonder”, a persona well known for delivering crazy yet memorable and energy filled stage antics. Hailing from the streets of the western townships of Tshwane Pretoria better known as Atteridgeville, it is there where “B.O.Y Wonder” forged his path in becoming a multi-disciplined performer whose talent knows no bounds. This saw him being dubbed “Jack of all trades” by his fellow colleagues and affiliates in the industry. This is testament in his ability to transform himself from a “kick ass” street performer, mime, MC, comedian, rapper, theatrical stage performer to a mainstream television actor with effortless ease. It is these acumens that have seen this young modern maverick inducted in the class of a new generation of industry leaders in the South African entertainment scene.

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Easy Freak

With a natural fusion of pop, electro, funk and soul, Easy Freak are setting the South African music scene alight. The Durban duo made up of Dom Hurd and Jude Kenrick have been making waves and getting crowds moving to a fresh and unique sound. They have made their mark playing at some of South Africa’s biggest music festivals; Zakifo, Durban Picnic Day, Oppikoppi and Music at the Lake as well as Swaziland’s Bushfire Festival. Sharing the stage with the likes of the legendary Damien Marley, Ricky Rick, Cassper Nyovest, Kwesta, Micasa, Sketchy Bongo & The Wolfpack, Matthew Mole and so many of Mzansi’s favourites – they’ve definitely got the nation’s attention.
    If you haven’t been lucky enough to see them live, you’ve probably grooved to their music on Trace Urban, MTV Base and your favourite radio stations. After four single releases, we saw them climb to the very top of the radio music charts, such as 5FM Top 30, Pop Top 10 and YFM Top 40. Easy Freak have given South Africa a taste of the heat with their much-anticipated debut album “I’m Alright”. It showcases the duo’s song-writing and producing abilities, as well as their musicianship.

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G-SAND (God Sons and Daughters)

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G-Sand (God Sons and Daughters)

Guitar riffs and jazz melodies is Lindani Buthelezi of G-SAND… jazz vs rock’s silent take -over in 2017. G-SAND is based in Johannesburg, South Africa, bringing a fusion of sounds, ranging in complementing styles and complexities. G-SAND embodies jazz, rock ‘n roll, indie & Zulu folk with a raw and distinctively African sound. Lindani Buthelezi, is the founding member and former lead guitarist and vocalist of BlkJks. Having toured in the USA, Europe and performing at the opening concert of the FIFA World Cup in 2010, he has had a successful career spanning over 17 years of dedication to his craft. Sharing the stage with of the likes of artists such as Femi Kuti, Black Eyed Peas, Angelique Kidjo, Vusi Mahlasela and 30 Seconds to Mars, he embodies the cultural diversity that is South Africa.
     His music dances effortlessly, weaving stories in various South African languages, as the guitar sends the listener on a unique journey. G-SAND / Linda Buthelezi has appeared at events all around South Africa, and is currently working on the 2018 LP/Album release. GSAND has most recently appeared at the 2017 Afro Punk Festival.

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Ikati Esengxoweni

Ikati Esengxoweni, is an alternative, urban traditional, world-music band, based in the Nelson Mandela Bay. Ikati Esengxoweni, translated in English is “Cat In The Bag”. The band was formed in 2015, by young hip creatives, Lark Wantu, on lead vocals as well as percussion instruments & Anam Manyati on lead vocals acoustic guitar & percussion. The live band, is experimental and often includes western and indigenous instruments in their sets, to set a different & liberal tone in their music.
     Instruments such as the violin, bass, drums, uhadi & kalimba, have accompanied the music and have added an element of surprise with each Ikati Performance Art Experience. In 2016, Ikati Esengxoweni, was handpicked by IMEXSA, Independent Music Exporters South Africa, to perform, network and attend business conferences, around the world, in places such as Barcelona, Spain & Cannes in France.

ARTIST LINKS | Website: https://ikatiesengxoweni.wordpress.comInstagram: @Ikati_SAYouTube:


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Itai Hakim

Itai Hakim is a musician and performance poet whose overall artistic output intends to reimagine and recreate the tradition of Black Folklore and story-telling in a contemporary setting, through song and performance. A unique guitarist whose musical output does not fit comfortably into any genre, he can best be described as folk-soul. His performances are curated by a novel voice with an ethereal quality sung in his native Tshivenda and Xitsonga. Itai Hakim’s hybrid of Afro-blues and Indie Jazz expressed through the unique plucking style of traditional folk masters create a soundscape which feels both old and new at the same time.

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Moonga K

Zambian-born, Botswana-raised and Johannesburg-based Moonga K is accompanied by an ageless soul and a fresh, international perspective. His crystal vocals cut through an industry of complacency with soft, striking introspection, atop authentic instrumentation and jagged production. After successfully releasing his debut 6-track EP “Free” which was hailed for its vivid fusion of introspective neo-soul, confessional alt-pop and elements of traditional R&B, he was selected for the Apple Music New Artist Spotlight. Moonga K. now returns with his debut full-length effort “Wild Solace”, which marries the smooth musings of traditional and modern R&B with a razor-edge, electronic outline – an alternative and wholly unique offering announces his effervescent presence with pure soul At 21 years of age, Moonga K. is set for marvellous heights.

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Motel Mari

Motèl Mari is João Orecchia, Mpumelelo Mcata and Tshepang Ramoba. Shortly after landing in Johannesburg in 2004, Orecchia, a Brooklyn-born and schooled wanderer, who wound up in Berlin as a teenager messing with experimental punk before moving years later to South Africa, heard some talk about a psychedelic afro-rock outfit called BLK JKS. They became fast friends and have been working together on projects ever since. Mpumi and Tshepang (guitar and drums respectively) contributed to João’s 2009 album, Hands & Feet, and would often join him on stage, adding thunderous beats and general bigness to the otherwise textural and floating soundscapes. Slowly they started becoming a band.
     Band members are JoãoOrecchia on voice, guitar, banjo, bass, vuvuzela, kazoozuzela, accordion, synthesizer, electronics, tapes, toy piano & loops. MpumeleloMcata: voice, guitar,bass, synthesizer & loops and TshepangRamoba on voice, drums.

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Radio 123

Radio 123 started a duo comprised of Nyameko ´Sipho´ Nkondlwane & Simangaliso Mfula; both well versed musicians with extensive live performance experience in the South African music-scene. The two got their start in 2007 as part of the township ensemble Impande Core, a band known for their complex chord progressions and lyrical influence on kasi slang. In 2015 lead vocalist Simangaliso and trumpeter Nyameko left the collective to create a more progressive sound as Radio 123. In 2017 they grew to four-piece band with Lunga Majaja on drums and Sbusiso Ndlangisa on bass.
     The sound they would develop is the funk infused “Mandela Pop” which they describe as a sound that reflects the rainbow spectrum that South Africa has become. This new sound sees Radio 123 telling township stories in the many dialects that Smanga hops and skits through; sometimes rapping, most times singing, switching between the two with the ease of a seasoned entertainer.
     Radio 123’s objective is to share and preserve stories of everyday people through music. And so far they’ve done that on stages that include Africa’s biggest hip hop festival Back to the City, YFM Rewired, Live in Colour, Africa’s biggest alternative music festival Oppikoppi, the first edition of Afropunk Festival Johannesburg and Primavera Pro (Barcelona, Spain).
     A holistic understanding of music has allowed the band to collaborate with a variety of musicians including progressive electronic producers Dejot (Daniel Jakob – Mouthwatering Records, Switzerland) and TRST the DJ (TshepangRamoba – BLK JKS drummer), as well as the already legendary live jam in Soweto with UK hip-hop turntablist DJ Yoda.
     In February 2018, Radio 123 released on POST POST Music their debut EP, Manga Manga.
     Produced by TshepangRamoba, the 4-track EP contains hit single and video Thando, included in the sound track of motion picture Love by Chance.

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Robin Thirdfloor

Robin Thirdfloor, aka Simphiwe Nyawose sparkled as a young alternative hip-hop artist in March 2014, when he self-released online the E.P ‘Sounds Empty Pockets Make’, which got more than 2 000 downloads in less than a month. Hit single Confessions got playlisted on multiple radio stations including college radio station in Chicago (USA). Confessions and another track, Fly Away, were featured on SABC 1 drama series ‘Mutual Friends’.
     Robin received five nominations in the Original Material Awards 2014, in the categories of Song of the Year, Best Newcomer, MC of the Year, Best Sleeve Design, and EP of the Year.
     After closing the main stage of the 2016 edition of South Africa ́s biggest hip-hop Gathering, the Back To The City Festival in Johannesburg, Robin Thirdfloor brought his sound to new levels in March 2017 with Somdanger, a neo-kwaito club banger paying tribute to the Durban nightlife with a video shot in his hometown Umlazi. This led him to be one of the few South African artists to be selected for the official showcase of SWSX 2017 (Austin-Texas, USA).
     Mina Nawe is the first single of Robin ́s EP ‘Bhotela’, recorded Swiss producer Dejot aka Dubokaj (Mouthwatering Records). In late 2017 Robin released his new EP titled ‘Bhotela’ as a Deezer exclusive and debuted at number 23 on the top 25 streamed albums in South Africa. A real talent to keep an eye on.

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Sam Turpin

Sam Turpin is a rapper and producer from Johannesburg, South Africa. Born in 1995, Sam began performing when he was in high school in 2013 after his mother passed away. In March 2014, after some self made music videos, Sam released his debut EP “Eternal Sentiment” online. Soon afterwards he collaborated with ILLA N, Lenny-Dee, lead singer of Bye Beneco, Alec Lomami, DJ Spoko, The Good Dokta, Langa Mavuso & Yaw P. Sam has performed at the 2015 & 2016 Basha Uhuru Festivals and in 2017 released his first full mixtape titled “4am in Jozi” available to stream & download online.

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The Lectric Monks

The Lectric Monks are a South African upbeat “Tarantino-Funk & Roll” outfit from Pretoria, formed in the Spring 2014. The 6-piece includes, Francois vd Merwe (Rhythm and Vocals), Gary Peacock (Harmonica and Vocals), Henk Oosthuizen (Lead Guitar and Vocals), Cynthia van der Mescht (Keys), Duncan Potgieter (Drums) and Dylan du Toit (Bass).
     The band draws roots from rock, folk, funk, psychedelic rock, classical blues and even jazz – blending the past with many of today’s musical styles. Some of their fans describe their music as “a new kind of old stuff”.
     The Lectric Monks have been a form favourite on the festival circuit over the past 4 years and have played with some of the countries top musicians.

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Sun Xa Experiment

Sun Xa Experiment is an Ancestral Avant-Garde Free Music outfit from Soweto, formed back in 2014. Their musical influences and styles range from a global perspective and they perform music that speaks to the listener in Isizulu, SeSotho and English. They find their source from great musicians like Sun Ra, mama BusiMhlongo, Sakhile, NdikhoXaba, as well as street songs, struggle songs and traveling. They are currently recording their debut album UmculoUmuthi (Music Is Medicine) to be released shortly.

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Bambanani brass band was formed in 2000 in Alexandra North of Gauteng. Bambanani is a community committed to the African arts and culture of South Africa. Our mission is to create a service oriented platform to promote and explore South Africa’s vast arts culture industry and enhance the socio-economic status of the Alexandra artists community. The organisation intends to encourage our generation youth community to get involved in a variety of after school activities that would help them busy and channel their efforts in the direction through music. Brass band music has played a big through social and political point of view in the whole world, it has benefited our communities in terms of economical aspect whereby the we lot of vacancies that was being opened in other job industries e.g. Security, Music Manager, Lawyers, Promoters, Record Companies etc. So therefore it necessary to continue to plant the seed for our next generation by teaching them of how to play, read, write music and interpret it. Since music has been there through decades and decades there were other departments that were open through music departments like dance, acting, visual art etc. People are living different type of culture, religion and customs so the entertainment has capabilities of uniting all these different tribes.

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Buskaid is a unique initiative. Its aim is to give young people from Soweto the opportunity to explore and fulfil their musical potential, through high quality tuition on the violin, viola, cello and double bass at the Buskaid Music School. This has the added benefit of improving their educational and social prospects, and transforming their whole local community. It was founded in 1992 by British viola player Rosemary Nalden in response to an item on the BBC’s Today programme highlighting the difficulties of a group of young string players in Diepkloof, Soweto.



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