As our Africa Month series comes to a close, what better way to end it off than with some great music?
Taking place at Bassline this Saturday, 28 May, the annual Africa Day concert boasts a lineup that brings together a wide range of some of the continent’s top artists across many a genre. We’ve put together five of our favourite acts (in no particular order) that we can’t wait to see.
Singer-songwriter and recent novelist, Nakhane Touré is fast becoming a South African household name. Blending folk, jazz, rock, and soul into his own haunting and harrowing style, the Eastern Cape born, Johannesburg based musician has already put out two unforgettable albums, namely The Laughing Son and Brave Confusion. Besides his powerful vocal repertoire, Nakhane’s lyrics are ever poignant and undeniably memorable.
Hailing from Mali’s Timbuktu, Songhoy Blues is a desert punk and blues outfit brought together through difficult times. After fleeing their homes due to civil conflict and the implementation of Sharia Law, the four musicians met in Bamako and gave life to their unique blend of bluesy rock ‘n roll, hip hop and contemporary punk. Their debut album, Music in Exile received high praise the world over. If it’s only one act you show up for this Saturday, make sure it’s Songhoy Blues.
Someone who doesn’t need all that much of an introduction is the Zimbabwean born musician, human rights activist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi. Over the years, the musician has come to be known as one of the most prolific artists in Africa, and indeed, the world over. With his husky blend of Shona, Ndebele and English as well as his traditionally infused music, you’d be foolish to miss this musical heavyweight and his inimitable brand of ‘Tuku Music’.
Ever heard of 70s Afro-Funk? If you’ve heard Vaudou Game before, then you’ve definitely heard the genre. Emerging from the Benin/Togo region, Vaudou Game are an internationally acclaimed soul and hard funk act known for their outrageous performances, both visually and musically. Frontman Peter Solo has often been referred to as the second James Brown, but with that hypnotic and haunting vocal delivery and that bewitching stage presence, we’d say he’s closer to a Benin born Jimi Hendrix.
Lesotho born and raised, Maleh is a fast rising star in the local music scene. Her vocals are smooth and unfaltering, soft, but entirely arresting. Normally singing through a mixture of kasi pop and afro soul style beats, the singer has already brought out two albums that have both skyrocketed both locally and abroad. Maleh is another act that you’ll be sorry to miss this year.
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