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KAYA FM & BASSLINE LIVE PRESENT: The Muffinz, Bongeziwe Mabandla & Zuko Collective

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Kaya FM, home of the Afropolitan, and Bassline Live once again celebrate the best in music by bringing you a triple-threat line up on the 29th of September with three of Jozi’s most current and relevant acts in one night of music.

We are proud to be hosting The Muffinz, Bongeziwe Mabandla and Zuko Collective in a one-night-only event at the Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City.

All three acts are stand-alone crowd pleasers but collectively, the acts promise to bring a must-see night of young, fresh talent - consisting of three acts that individually have all been rated as some of the most important and relevant musical acts in the past 5 years in SA.

Zuko Collective – whether as a solo artist, just known as Zuko, or combined with her 9-piece ensemble of musicians, is an act that’s been receiving great success in and around Africa over the past few years.  With Xhosa-based mantras and lyrics, Zuko’s imaginative Afro-jazz has been described as ‘conversational’ as she uses her colourful upbringing for inspiration.  Having just completed a tour with Hugh Masekela as well as a host of other great shows this year and last, Zuko Collective is a must-see South African act that’s making waves in all the right places right now.

When Bongeziwe Mabandla surfaced with his debut album in 2012 he was instantly hailed as the new face of Afro-folk, effortlessly able to entwine Xhosa lyrics with traditional music and folk stylings to create something uniquely captivating.  In the past 5 years he has toured Australia, Asia and Canada and appeared at several international festivals.  His debut album saw him nominated for two SAMA awards and instantly elevated him with audiences and his peers.

With a unique approach to songwriting that’s added elements of spirituality and forward-looking creativity to his musical mix, he has recently signed a record deal with Universal Music which has seen him release his much-anticipated second album.  He has been cited as being one of the most gifted and purposeful artists working in South Africa today and is an absolute delight to see perform live on stage.

The Muffinz, the guitar inclined, ‘liberated Afro Retro’ band with an ‘eclectic Soul tip’ have remained top of their game for the past few years since their formation.  Going from the busking streets of Melville in JHB to being one of the most awarded and respected acts from SA, the 5-piece band sets the stage alight with every performance.  After receiving standing ovations and performing to sold-out shows in New York, we are pleased to say The Muffinz still belong firmly on SA soil and will be closing the show for us on the 29th September at the Lyric.

Once again, stylish urban outfitters Brentwood Clothing, new affiliates to the Kaya Fm & Bassline Live series, will be on board, standing behind the rich arts an culture scene in SA through music. 

These three progressive acts, not afraid to push the elements of their traditional musical upbringings, have brought fresh sounds to the Kaya FM airwaves over the past few years and the combination of them live on one stage together makes this event a fantastic addition to your diary.

Where: 29th September - 8pm

Where: Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City

Ticket price: ­­­­­­­­­From R150

Book now at Computicket to avoid disappointment.

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KAYA FM & BASSLINE LIVE PRESENT: OLIVER MTUKUDZI

KAYA FM AND BASSLINE LIVE PRESENT:

AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH OLIVER MTUKUDZI AND FRIENDS

Kaya FM 95.9, home of the Afropolitan, and Bassline Live have long been huge supporters of the Zimbabwean living musical legend, human rights activists and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Olivier Mtukudzi  - and we are honoured to be hosting him in our monthly ‘Kaya Fm & Bassline Live Presents’ series, held at the Lyric, Gold Reef City every month.

Oliver, a long standing regular on Kaya FM airwaves, is one of the most globally recognised cultural icons from our continent since beginning his musical career back in the late 1970’s.  With over 65 albums under his belt, Oliver also has a doctorate from two universities and is a recipient of some of the most prestigious human rights awards, including The International Council For Africana Womanism Award (ICAW), recognising his role in the upliftment of African women through his artistic work.

Oliver is also the head of an arts Academy called Pakare Paye Arts Centre that offers music and a diversity of art forms, platforming and building talent.  Accompanying him on stage on the 31st will be musicians from the academy, including Fiona Gwena on Vocals and Hosho, Craig Chandamare on drums, Ashton Nyahora on guitar and vocals, Charles Njekesa on bass and Donald Kanyuchi on guitar and vocals.

With his signature husky voice, he has earned a devoted following across Africa and beyond, and his performances in the South African territory are a rare and special treat for his fans, with over a year having passed since he last performed in South Africa.

Also on board once again for this event is stylish urban outfitters Brentwood Clothing, who, as new affiliates of the venture, are standing behind the rich arts and culture scene in SA through this musical series.  We are excited to grow this relationship with them.

Having toured around the world several times, Oliver is no stranger to delivering top notch performances and this show promises to bring us his distinctive Tuku Music style up close and personal with artists he has groomed and personally hand-picked for the show. 

Book now to avoid missing out on this legendary musical icon.

When: 31st August – 8pm

Where: The Lyric, Gold Reef City, Johannesburg

Tickets: R200 to R300 at Computicket

 

 

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KAYA FM & BASSLINE LIVE PRESENT: STOGIE T & THE REBIRTH OF COOL

Kaya FM 95.9, home of the Afropolitan, and Bassline Live are excited to be bringing one of the freshest musical collaborations to the Lyric Theatre on the 29th July in the form of Stogie T (Tumi from Tumi & The Volume) and jazz collective Rebirth Of Cool - for one night of old school jazz-infused hip-hop craftsmanship.

The show brings audiences a completely fresh interpretation of hip-hop & soul.  The addition of schooled jazz maestros Rebirth Of Cool to one of South Africa’s most established and socially conscious rappers breaks new boundaries in all traditional musical sense and takes both genres to elevated heights.

Stogie T is the moniker used now by one of the countries finest rappers – Tumi (ex-Tumi & The Volume).  With a career that spanned over a decade, his impact as a rapper, poet, social commentator and record label owner have garnered him the respect of his peers, both locally and abroad.  The birth of Stogie T has resulted in a more outspoken, uninhibited and braver mouthpiece for his generation and through his personal journey he has come to the place where he feels he creatively belongs – making art that resonates with him at this current stage in his life.

Rebirth of Cool is a collective that, largely inspired by Miles Davis and the post-bebop jazz era, consists of highly trained and skilled musicians that celebrate their genre through the infusion of contemporary Hip-Hop sounds with the more avant-garde notes from yesteryear.  Consisting of Thandi Ntuli (piano & keys), Benjamin Jafta (Bass), Siphelelo Mazibuko (Drums), DJ Kenzhero (Turntables) and Tha Muzik, the band has been touted as being one of the country’s finest groups of improv maestros around.

Taking these two world-class acts and combining them for a one-night collaboration is set to be one of the greatest musical moments ever staged in the Kaya FM & Bassline Live series.  With special guests to be announced in the week, the show will consist of two 45-minute sets and is set to be one of the musical highlights of the year.

Also on board for this event is stylish urban outfitters Brentwood Clothing, who, as new affiliates of the venture, are standing behind the rich arts and culture scene in SA through this musical series.  We are excited to grow this relationship with them.

 

29th July – 8pm

The Lyric, Gold Reef City

Ticket prices: R150 – R250 at Computicket

 

Book now to avoid disappointment.

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BASSLINE AFRICA DAY 2017!

Bassline Live is proud to announce the date for BASSLINE AFRICA DAY CONCERT 2017 has been confirmed as the 27th May 2017. 

Presented by the Department Of Arts & Culture again this year, the concert series is one 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 BASSLINE AFRICA DAY 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 – with new artists still being confirmed.  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 and many more joining us.  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.

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.

Confirmed artists:

Thandiswa Mazwai – South Africa

Jah Prayzah – Zimbabwe

Petite Noir- Belgium/South African

Baloji – Congo

Bombino – Niger

Vusi Mahlasela – South Africa

Jojo Abbott – Ghana

Ray Phiri – SA

Jobie Clarke - South Africa

Tickets are R295 at ticketpro.co.za.  Parking tickets also available.  Book now to avoid disappointment!

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KAYA FM & BASELINE LIVE PRESENT: TRIBUTE BIRDIE MBOWENI & + ZOE MODIGA

Kaya Fm, Home of the Afropolitan, and Bassline Live, leaders in music productions, are excited to announce the latest line up in the Kaya FM & Bassline Live Presents series – the magnificent Tribute Birdie Mboweni and Zoe Modiga. 

These two sensational acts are on fire right now in terms of public demand and are both producing some of the freshest sounds in the Afro-pop world.

Tribute Birdie is an artist that has an electrifying presence on stage.  A petite and beautiful young woman, she has the ability to wow an audience instantly as she comes alive in front of a microphone.  With a strong, rich and soulful voice, she handles her jazzy, Afro-pop genre with ease and grace.  Just having released her debut album ‘Birdie’ in ‘deluxe edition’ format, she has no fewer than four singles on national radio right now and is being booked for shows across the world, as well as dominating heavily back on South African soil.

Tributes’ on-stage partner for the night will be the firecracker Zoe Modiga.  Known for having won the SAMRO Overseas Scholarship competition for singing, her powerful voice then saw her enter the top 8 of highly popular The Voice SA, Season 1 talent show.  Another achievement this young star in the making has under her belt is her phenomenal rendition of the hymn ‘Amazing Grace’ that featured in the score of the Oscar nominated movie Noem My Skollie.  Zoe has released her debut project ‘Yellow: The Novel’ earlier this year and audiences are soaking up as much as they can of this intriguing, stylish and highly unique individual.

The two artists will be sharing one stage at the Lyric, Gold Reef on the 13th May.  Show starts at 8pm and tickets are R150 at Computicket.

Book now to avoid missing out on this great double bill.

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KAYA FM AND BASSLINE LIVE PRESENT: HUGH MASEKELA

Kaya FM 95.9 and Bassline Live Present, Jozi’s hottest music night out, presents another iconic show on Friday 14th April as we host the legendary Hugh Masekela live on stage at The Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City. 

Originally based at Bassline’s old Newtown venue, the series has happily moved and in doing so, set the bar on entertainment higher than ever before.

 The Home of the Afropolitan, Kaya FM is proud to be partners in presenting the internationally renowned and phenomenal Hugh Masekela. The Jazz maestro presented his latest album No Borders exclusively on Kaya FM in November 2016. Listen out for exclusive interviews leading up to the showcase.  Bra Hugh will also be performing tracks from the album live for the very first time at this event, making it even more exclusive an experience.

The Kaya Fm & Bassline Live series experienced yet another sold-out show as Thandiswa Mazwai blew the audience away with her “The Belede Experience” performance in March, seeing her jazz roots come alive in spectacular fashion.

The series has historically grown from strength to strength, culminating in the past two shows being sold out some time before performance date, and we predict with Bra Hugh it will be a similar, if not even faster rush for the box office.

Hugh Masekela needs very little introduction to South African audiences.  A world-renowned flugelhornist, singer and defiant political voice, his eclectic musical style is infused with jazz and mbaqanga, combining his gravelly voice with smooth horn sounds in an ever present concern for his home and country, having lived 30 years of his life in exile. 

In his career he has released well over 40 albums and at the age of 77 he released his brand new work ‘No Borders’, featuring extraordinary collaborations with diverse artists including Zimbabwean legend Oliver Mtukudzi, J Something from pop group Micasa, Thembi Mokoena, Salema Masekela and Sunny Levin.

He has been celebrated in numerous ways over the years for his outstanding work and contribution to arts and culture and is currently using his global reach to spread the word about heritage restoration in Africa.  “My biggest obsession is to show Africans and the world who the people of Africa really are”, he explains, and it is this commitment to his home continent that has propelled him forward since the beginning of his career.

We are honoured to be able to have this icon join our family of superstars in the Kaya FM & Bassline Live Presents series.

Book now to avoid missing out!

Saturday April 14th – 8pm.

Tickets: R300 – R550.  Book at Computicket.  No door sales.

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Kaya FM & Bassline Live Present THANDISWA MAZWAI: THE BELEDE EXPERIENCE

Kaya FM and Bassline Live Present, is the new musical series everyone is buzzing about, being held at The Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City.  Originally based at Newtown’s old Bassline venue, the series has happily moved and in doing so, set the bar on entertainment higher than ever before.

The series kicked off in spectacular fashion this past weekend, with a sold out show headlined by Soweto’s finest The Soil with support by the smooth and talented Jobie Clarke.

The memorable show has fans excited to see what the March booking will be.  We are proud to announce one of the countries fiercest songstress’ will be taking the stage to wow the audience with her outstanding stage show, impeccable singing talent and brand new repertoire of songs – THANDISWA MAZWAI.

On the 4th March, The Belede Experience will see Ms. Mazwai in her prime, supported by an all-star trio of our finest jazz talent, namely Nduduzo Makhathini, Herbie Tsoaeli and Ayanda Sikade.

Kaya FM 95.9 is instrumental in the promotion of live music, giving a unique platform to local and international artist on its multimedia platforms. The Kaya FM and Bassline Live present series featuring a doyenne of Afro-soul is a unique opportunity to experience Thandiswa Mazwai in her element.  Listen to Kaya FM 95.9 for exclusive artist interviews in the week leading up to the concert and get more event information on kayafm.co.za.

Released to critical and commercial acclaim in late 2016, the long awaited new album features South African Jazz standards re-imagined by a singer at the peak of her creative powers, and who needs no introduction to music lovers.  Thandiswa is looking forward to playing these songs in stripped down and intimate setting, which The Lyric Theatre duly provides, whilst maintaining a high quality, luxurious feel, making any night there out a reason to bring out the glad rags and look your best.

Bassline Live has had a long-standing, special relationship with this musical icon – and we are thrilled to have her representing us, our partners and our sponsors at this prestigious event and remaining a firm favourite in the Kaya FM and Bassline Live Presents family.

This series is proudly supported by Old Mutual as exclusive financial services partner, and SAB.

Tickets range from R200-R400 and are available NOW at Computicket. 

Tickets are limited and predicted to move fast – book now to avoid disappointment.

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BASSLINE LIVE AND KAYA FM PRESENT: THE SOIL & JOBIE CLARKE, LIVE AT THE LYRIC THEATRE AT GOLD REEF CITY

“Sing to let people into your space and to give them a glimpse of your heart and never just to impress" - JOBIE CLARKE

We are happy to announce that JHB based singer and songwriter JOBIE CLARKE has been announced as the support act for THE SOIL for the show BASSLINE LIVE AND KAYA FM PRESENTS LIVE AT THE LYRIC THEATRE AT GOLD REEF CITY on the 4th February 2017.
 Jobie is a classically trained vocalist with a rich diverse musical background ranging from classical, jazz, isicathamiya and even traditional music, feeding into his passion for ethnomusicology and bringing it all to life on stage in his electrifying performances.
 A joy to watch perform, he is currently signed under Native Rhythms Productions and is looking forward to dropping his debut album in the next few months.   Presented by Kaya FM and Bassline Live, the show will be proudly supported by Old Mutual (www.oldmutual.co.za) as exclusive financial services partner. South African Breweries will also partner with Bassline Live for this show.

Book your tickets to see JOBIE CLARKE and THE SOIL now.
Tickets available from Computicket for R180, or at the Gold Reef City box office at R200.
 
http://online.computicket.com/web/event/kaya_fm_bassline_live_presents_the_soil/1102562336/0/77074506

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NAKHANE TOURE AT SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

We send off SA's own multi-talented singer, songwriter, author and actor Nakhane Toure as he attends the SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL premiere of the movie THE WOUND, which saw Nakhane starring in the lead role.  


Nakhane has also been invited to perform at the  prestigious Sundance musical showcase and will then be recording demos in London shortly afterwards.  Nakhane is signed to Bassline Live for all African bookings.

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VUSI MAHLASELA TOURS WITH DAVE MATTHEWS

Vusi Mahlasela, no stranger to international touring, will be embarking on his mini American solo tour in Feb 2017, which will culminate in him supporting his long-time collaborator and friend Dave Matthews at a concert in Mexico.  Stay tuned to media and this platform for more details.  Vusi is a firm favourite on the touring circuit and his unique voice and perfect blend of English and vernacular songwriting has made him a crowd puller, and a local musical icon, for many years.

Vusi is signed to Bassline Live for all African bookings.

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