Music is on the menu on 26 September when Blooming Sounds from Joburg is livestreamed from Constitution Hill. There are six up-and-coming artists opening the bill.
The French Institute of South Africa (IFAS), in partnership with Total SA and association with Kaya FM and producer Bassline, has announced the line-up.
‘Blooming Sounds from Joburg’
Blooming Sounds from Joburg celebrates spring with a four-hour long livestream on Saturday, 26 September from 4pm at Constitutional Hill.
A jury of five chose six artists to open for the two headline performances of Zoe Modiga and Stogie T who each have their own shows.
The jury was: Josh Georgia from the Hugh Masekela Foundation, Andrew Poane from Bassline, Selen Daver from IFAS, Jerome Galabert from the Sakifo Festival in Réunion Island and Katiso K Matabola from Kaya FM.
Born and raised on the East Rand, Witney Stander is an independent, cross-genre songwriter and vocalist.
Starting from 2018 she has released singles and has an EP to her name titled I Wanna Make Beautiful Things, Even If Nobody Cares. Her mentor and partner Kevin Blacc will join her on stage.
“This feels like my debut to the world. I haven’t had many opportunities to perform live and to do it on a stage I’ve been admiring for years is crazy.”
“I’m excited to meet Zoe Modiga and Stogie T and hopefully share some words with them,” said Witney.
Siphosenkosi “Laliboi” Nkondlwane is a lyricist, guitarist and trumpeter. He uses his rural Xhosa roots infused with a streetwise township flavour to create his hip-hop music.
Laliboi says “Siyabulela ilali” which, translated from Xhosa to English, means that the whole village is grateful
Siya “Umlilo” Ngcobo is commonly described as a genre- and gender-bending multi-disciplinary artist.
Her work pushes the boundaries of kwaito and focuses on avant garde aesthetics and sounds.
“I feel like a lot of musicians and artists have had a tough year. Blooming Sounds from Joburg will be a great way to showcase some of the songs I’ve been working on during lockdown,” said Umlilo
Sibonokuhle Laura “Lolo Skai” Siwawa was born and raised in Norton, Zimbabwe. Lolo Skai has been passionate about neo-soul, Afro pop and poetry from a young age.
“I have always been a fan of uplifting young African artists and this platform represents just that. I’m extremely excited to share in this craft alongside other authentic artists,” said Lolo Skai.
Moonga K is an R&B, soul and electronic artist who challenges topics like depression, anxiety and social justice issues.
“I am extremely excited to be a part of Blooming Sounds! The lineup is so diverse and cool, and sharing the stage with incredible artists like Zoë Modiga is an absolute honour, ” said Moonga K.
Manu Worldstar is an Afrofusion South African of Congolese descent who shot to fame following his single Nalingi.
“I feel like Jozi and South Africa as a whole is going through a creative and cultural shift – we are starting to sound better, look better and move better,” said Worldstar.
“The world is watching our every move. I love every single moment of it.”
Catch ‘Blooming Sounds From Joburg’
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