Boiler Room x Ballantine’s True Music Africa

15 November 2018

“Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies.” ~ Edward Bulwer Lytton

Tis the season for good music and even better vibes as Boiler Room x Ballantine’s True Music Africa comes back to South Africa for its inaugural Pretoria show. It will bring together a stellar roster of house selectors for another incredible event at a secret location.

True Music Africa is a tour that unearths pioneering, self-starting talent and their stories of doing it for themselves within the underground music scene.

The city of Pretoria will play host to Ballantine’s True Music Series in South Africa, in partnership with radio host, DJ, and producer, Kid Fonque, at the African Beer Emporium on Friday, 30 November.

On Wednesday 5 December, some of the most exciting names from  South  Africa’s underground, including a combination of house music up-and-comers and pioneers, and a highly-anticipated set from kwaito legend and True Music Africa Forum keynote speaker, Oskido, will be broadcast live to the world. The line-up includes: Oskido, DJ Raybel, JD Monate + Mapentane + Dadaman, Kat La Kat and Lamiez Holworthy.

Collaborating with famed Argentinian-Spanish visual and kinetic street artist Felipe Pantone, the Ballantine’s True Music Series is an annual project that gives uncompromising artists a unique platform to share and visualise music and different music scenes that inspire artists and fans worldwide.

The artists on the line-up, which include AtJazz & Jullian Gomes, FKA Mash, and Kid Fonque, will all connect their music to the artwork created by Felipe Pantone. The artwork will act as its own equaliser, allowing musicians to experience a visual representation of the music they produce and play within the space, ensuring a performance experience like no other for music fans.

The Details:

30 November 2018

Time: 4pm – 2am

Venue: African Beer Emporium, Helen Joseph Street 367, Pretoria

Tickets: Available at Quicket

5 December 2018

Time: 8pm – 12am

Venue: TBC

Tickets: Make sure you RSVP for your chance to experience #TrueMusicAfrica!


“Music doesn’t get in. Music is already in. Music simply uncovers what is there, makes you feel emotions that you didn’t necessarily know you had inside you, and runs around waking them all up. A rebirth of sorts.” ~ Author Matt Haig, in How to Stop Time

Africa, a vast and hugely diverse continent – culturally and geographically – is known for its myriad musical styles. From Gqom to Nairobi nu-wave and eclectic afro-fusion, True Music Africa is telling the stories of the varied music scenes sweeping the continent and the key self-starting innovators in each space – all via compelling documentaries and live-streamed parties to bring Africa’s True Music scene to a global stage.

Following the fifth stop in Pretoria, True Music Africa will land in Accra, Ghana on 21 March 2019 for another Boiler Room first with an appearance in the coastal capital.

Boiler Room x Ballantine’s True Music Africa follows the success of recent global True Music projects, including the global Hybrid Sounds tour and multiple visits to South Africa together.

For more information on the Ballantine’s True Music Series visit or keep it social on their handles below:

Boiler Room

Facebook: Boiler Room

Twitter: @boilerroomtv

Instagram: @boilerroomtv

YouTube: Boiler Room


Facebook: Ballantines South Africa

Twitter: @BallantinesSA

Instagram: @ballantinessa

#TrueMusicAfrica #TrueMusicSeries


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