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Bassline celebrates Africa Day on 24 May

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From left to right: Akalé Wubé, Smarty photo courtesy rfi music 

 

Parisian Ethio-Grooves band Akalé Wubé and 2013 RFI Discoveries Award Winner Burkinabe rapper Smarty to perform at the annual Bassline’s Africa Day Concert which will take place this year on Saturday May 24th at The Bassline, Newtown.

Africa Day traditionally features top South African acts performing alongside some of the continent's hottest new talent.

Whilst Africa Day celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, The Bassline is celebrating its 20th anniversary, making it one of the longest running live music venues in South Africa. The Bassline Africa Day Concert is a always a highlight of the year, and 2014 will be no exception.

This year’s Bassline Africa Day Concert line-up is reflection of the diverse and contemporary sounds currently rocking the continent. From the African folk of Vusi Mahlasela and the Ethiopian Jazz of Akale Wube, to the cutting-edge hip-hop of Tumi, Reason and Burkinabe rapper Smarty, this year’s concert showcases the heartbeats of Africa.

Vusi Mahlasela (Folk, South Africa)
“The Voice” of South Africa needs no introduction, this multiple award-winning artist continues to wow audiences at home and across the globe.

Smarty (Hip Hop, Burkina Faso)
A virtuoso in the manipulation of words and sentences, Smarty combines modern rhythms with traditional instruments and brings a fresh look to everyday life.

Akalé Wubé (Jazz, France)
Akalé Wubé is a Parisian band devoted to the grooves of 60s and 70s Ethiopian music. Since 2009 they have re-invigorated the musical goldmine of Swingin' Addis.

Tumi (Hip Hop, South Africa)
Always a  favourite, Tumi brings his versatile and innovative jazz rap to The Bassline stage once more.

Reason (Hip Hop, South Africa)
One of hip-hop’s hottest stars at the moment – Reason is both popularly and critically acclaimed – a rare feat and well deserved by this cutting edge artist.

Admiral & Jah Seed (Ragga, South Africa)

Individually well known and loved, Admiral & Jah Seed have been performing together since 1997- their dancehall and ragga sounds are a Bassline staple.

Tickets for this event can be purchased from Computicket from Friday May 2nd for R150.00
Doors open at 9pm
The Bassline

For more information visit www.bassline.co.za or www.facebook.com/basslinejozi or follow us on twitter @BasslineJozi

Presented by the Bassline with the support of the French Institute of South Africa

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