The annual and uniquely free celebration of music and culture, Fête de La Musique in Newtown, brings musical diversity and showcases a broad mix of music ranging from pop, rock, hip-hop, jazz, traditional and even to brass band music.
The international musical line-up includes the “King of Salegy” from Madagascar, Jaojoby; the French touch of Benjamin Piat (France) and the Reunionese maloya rhythms and sounds of Grèn Sémé (France/Reunion Island).
The local line-up promises to be as diverse and powerful as the international line-up with SA’s favourites established and growing talents: BCUC, The Muffinz, Bongeziwe Mabandla, Coal Train Band, Go Barefoot, Pilani Bubu, Motsatsing and the Rays, The African Ambassadors Brothers, Zetina Mosia, Maria Mombelli and the Belly Buttons, Amandla Freedom Ensemble, and The Meerkat Mob!
The Bassline, The Market Theatre, Artist Proof Studio, The Dance Corner, Market Photo Workshop, Sci-Bono Discovery Centre and others organisations from the greater Newtown Cultural Precinct area will be involved in multiple live performances and programming activities spread throughout the day, and will all come together at the exciting Newtown Junction precinct.
- Dance: Dance Forum and Moving Into Dance Mophatong present Ngizwise is a thought-provoking dance work created by two dynamic female choreographers, one from Johannesburg and the other from Toronto, and is performed and sung by four South African male performers from Moving into Dance Mophatong. The work uses a uniquely combined dance language crafted by Sonia Radebe and Jennifer Dallas.
- Kids: Sci-Bono Discovery Centre runs a full programme of activities and workshops around the theme ‘Water is Life’.
- Photo exhibitions: proposed by the Market Photo Workshop and the Artist Proof Studio.
- A Skatepark area where skate boarders will perform all day long.
The 4th edition of Fête de La Musique in Newtown is presented by the Alliance Francaise of Johannesburg, the French Institute of South Africa, Newtown Junction and the Bassline with the support of Total South Africa and MoneyGram.
The full programme is at www.fetedelamusiquejhb.co.za; www.facebook.com/fetedelamusiquejhb or www.twitter.com/JoburgFDLM
Please note that the programme is subject to change.
NEED TO KNOW
The Fête de La Musique in Newtown takes place on Saturday, June 27 from 10 am to 7 pm at the Newtown Junction Precinct
There is safe parking at Newtown Junction, with more than 2000 bays. Parking access: Corner Miriam Makeba & Carr Street, Newtown
There will be speciality food and coffee trucks.