The Department Of Arts & Culture have officially announced the theme for 2017 as ‘A Year Of O.R. Tambo – Building A Better Africa And A Better World’. The theme was decided in line with the fact that iconic political leader O.R. Tambo would be celebrating his 100th birthday this year.
Oliver Tambo (27th October 1917 – 24th April 1993) was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary that served as President of the ANC from 1967 – 1991. He is considered one of the greatest South African figures of all time, being globally recognised and held in the highest esteem back in South Africa, where he will always be remembered as one of the finest political leaders of our generation.
It is in line with this message that the Department Of Arts and Culture present Bassline Africa Day Concert 2017 on the 27th May – the musical celebration that unites not just South Africa, but our entire continent, highlighting the message of ‘Building A Better Africa and a Better World”.
Bassline Africa Day Concert is concert series that is growing from strength to strength, as more partners, sponsors and most importantly, musical acts from across the continent come together for one special day and night of unity and celebration.
The concert series is now in its 13th consecutive year and continues to top itself in terms of production value, as well as not only showcasing new artists, but bringing musical acts that we as South Africans, do not always get to enjoy on the live stage. This year the series will go above and beyond as artists from Nigeria, Ghana, Congo and beyond share the stage with talent from South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Niger. We are also really happy to announce that we have a new, larger and more accessible venue as we relocate to our new venue partner Johannesburg Expo Centre (Nasrec).
The show is backed by some of the Bassline Live’s family of sponsors that have supported not only the Africa Day Concert series in the past, but many other of the Bassline Live regular events. These brands include SABIbev, Nandos, Bacardi, Boschendal, Bombay Sapphire and many more.
Also new to the event is the inclusion of an African Craft Market of original African traders who will be selling everything from food to arts and crafts. All stalls have been carefully selected for their unique offering, where home made and exclusive African products are created using material sourced from within the continent. Sustainability is a key ingredient in the product making as well as storytelling, with origins and heritage from within the continent.
Kaya FM, long time partners and collaborators with Bassline Live on Africa Day as well as other events has been confirmed as our official radio partners. Managing Director Greg Maloka says, “Africa’s expression of freedom is through music”.
TRACE Africa, always on the cutting edge of African trends and music are our television partner for the first time, making this an exciting new partnership for the festival moving forward. Leo Manne, Senior Vice President for TRACE Southern Africa had the following to say about the partnership, “ Our channel, which is now available in 18 countries across Sub Saharan Africa, takes pride in building musical bridges across the continent so this partnership is essentially a powerful extension of what we stand for. We’re excited to work with the Bassline Live Africa team and look forward to showcasing some of Africa’s greatest.”
The festival also forms part of the IGODA circuit – a group of like-minded African festivals that run over the course of three weeks from Durban to Swaziland with Reunion Island, Maputo and Johannesburg in between. These include MTN Bushfire Festival, Zafiko in Durban, Azgo in Maputo, Safiko in Reunion and of course, Bassline Africa Day Concert in Johannesburg, South Africa. The artists will be on a rotation basis, performing at the various festivals. Bassline Africa Day Concert 2017 is the only chance to catch them all in Johannesburg.
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