Bassline Fest 2018

20 April 2018 | By Tshepiso Maleswena

“Africa has her mysteries, and even a wise man cannot understand them. But a wise man respects them” Miriam Makeba

In the world, there is no place that is as majestic and tumultuous as the African continent. It is the subject of great debate, the home to all of civilization, a place of incredible beauty and incredible pain. The only way to truly celebrate this majestic land is through art and what better art form than music to tell Africa’s tale.

The Bassline Africa Day Festival is an annual musical extravaganza that tells Africa’s tale by hosting the very best artists from the diaspora and the continent on one stage. A commemoration of Africa day, this year’s festival will be taking place on the 26th and 27th of May at Constitution Hill and to say that the lineup is amazing would be an understatement. Headlining the event are African greats Salif Keita from Mali, and pop phenomenon Yemi Alade from Nigeria. The rest of the line-up does not disappoint as the other confirmed artists for the festival are as follows:

Ladysmith Black Mambazo – South Africa

Dub Inc – France

Flavia Coelho – Brazil

Nakhane – South Africa

Nathalie Natiemba – Reunion Island

Ghorwane – Mozambique

Femi Koya – Nigeria

Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabusa – South Africa

Oki Dub Ainu Band – Japan

Sekou Kouyate – Guinea

Azah – South Africa

Elida Almeida – Cape Verde

Now in its 14th year as the only Johannesburg-based Festival that celebrates African unity and diversity. Bassline Fest will be held over 2 full days for guests to enjoy music platforms and great food. For those that seek intellectual stimulation, dialogues will also be held to promote social cohesion across the continent. If you love all things Africa, food, and music, this festival is exactly where you need to be.

The Bassline Fest hashtag, #BeTheLegacy is inspired by a partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation as we join the Nelson Mandela centenary celebrations.

Bassline will be working closely with the Nelson Mandela Foundation to promote Madiba’s legacy, through dialogue and Music programming.  Bassline Fest is the Foundations official Africa month celebratory event.

The Details

Dates & Times:  Saturday the 26th May from 3pm to 11pm

Sunday 27th May from 12pm to 7pm.

Venue: Constitution Hill

Cost: Tickets can be booked at now for R400 per day.


Bassline Fest is presented by the Department Of Arts & Culture, in association with Kaya FM and TRACE Africa. Visit for more information on schedules, tickets and how you can get involved. Remeber to keep it social on their handles below:

Facebook: Bassline Live

Twitter: @BasslineJozi

Instagram: @basslinejozi

#BasslineFest #BeTheLegacy #AfricaDay

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