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Riky Rick Has Curated The First Ever Annual Cotton Fest

Riky Rick is the conceptual architect behind looming event – The Annual Cotton Fest

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There’s no lack of evidence that he is one hell of a concept curator. And the multi-talented KZN born entertainer and fashion-forward Riky Rick today officially announced the full local line-up for the first annual Cotton Fest taking place in Johannesburg next month.

Riky Rick Cotton Festival lineup

First revealed on his social media late last year, this inaugural one-day festival was created to merge both established and upcoming/underground SA talent onto one combined platform, while offering a safe and high energy space to experience both music and fashion.

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Mainly created to showcase the diversities while fusing the gaps within the various hip-hop sounds and local movements, the Cotton Fest will not only bring together and unite over 80 unique acts divided over 2 stages, but will also celebrate fashion in its various forms and spheres.

This first of its kind curated event will be limited to 5000 ‘one-priced’ tickets and will take place on Saturday, 2nd February at the The Station in Newtown.

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Bacardi Holiday Club 2020 Unveils First Round of Performers

The ‘Carnival Edition’ themed 36 hour party adventure will take place in March, 2020.

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The latest South African music news are dominated by the summer’s hottest events, and the Bacardi Holiday Club experience has started punting its next vibe.

The event’s sophomore slay made quite the headlines when the shindig got splashed all over people’s social media timelines this past March.

And following months of mounting anticipation for an announcement from the organisers, the shindig returns with another weekend of partying escapades!

Bacardi Holiday Club 2020

Slated to take place in March 2020, the Bacardi Holiday Club has now also unveiled its first batch for performers, who will be keeping camping attendees on the dance-floor through the elevated house party.

Tshego, who recently distilled the journey to the release of his debut album in this exclusive music interview, has been billed to perform alongside the likes of Sultry Jazz, Femi Koya and Queen Dbn Gogo.

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Taking place from the 6th to the 8th of March, the all-inclusive party – which comes with food, drinks and the just-released killer entertainment lineup all included in your ticket price, the Barcadi Holiday Club has availed a limited number of tickets, which are capped at 1500 people.

Next year’s theme is ‘Carnival Edition’, which means you can go all out. Tickets and camping options are here

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South African Legends To Perform At 12th Mzansi Fela

Zonke, Samthing Soweto, Caiphus Semenya, Ringo & Thandiswa are all billed to perform at the festival, slated to take place between December 1st – 22nd!

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The South African State Theatre has announced that Mzansi’s revered musicians: Zonke, Thandiswa Mazwai, Caiphus Semenya, Samthing Soweto and Ringo Madlingozi will headline the 12th Annual Mzansi Fela Festival, which will run from 01 to 22 December 2019 at the biggest theatre complex in Africa, the State Theatre!

Like in the past, Mzansi Fela’s programme this year will also kickstart by first observing World Aids Day on 01 December. KWANELE, a new production commissioned by the Department of Arts and Culture in reaction to the wake of xenophobic attacks and gender-based violence will also open on the day.

The festival will be preceded by the continuation of campaigns of 16 Days of Theatre Activism Against Gender Based Violence which would have started on 24 November, ending on 10 December.

Having been curated in 2017’s edition with his partner Letta Mbulu during their 50th wedding anniversary, legendary jazz maestro Caiphus Semenya’s feature in this year’s Mzansi Fela is solely a tribute presentation to celebrate his 80 years birthday.

He turned 80 in August. As a token of recognition, the State Theatre will be honouring his iconic contribution to the country’s Arts industry whilst he is still alive. His concert is December 8th.

The event threw the torch to audiences this year, polling them on which local acts do they desperately want to see this year.

Singer and songwriter Zonke Dikana, known simply as Zonke, who is billed to launch the festival on 01 December, received an overwhelming demand from fans – So did Thandiswa Mazwai, who is also backed by insatiable popular demand for her performance on 13 December.

Zonke’s 2018 album LOVE recently went platinum. “Thank you to each and everyone of you for supporting me! My album has gone Platinum,” she announced on her Facebook account on Friday, 11 October 2019.

Samthing Soweto heads to this installation with his trending debut album Isiphithiphithi, which he released in September. He became the first local musician to simultaneously top Apple Music’s album and singles charts with his hit Akulaleki and new album. On 22 December he will share a stage with the multiplatinum selling Ringo.

Other notable concerts (not produced by SAST) that will be taking place during Mzansi Fela include: Simphiwe Dana Symphony Experience on 07 December, and Hillsong from 09 to 13 December.

Under the Mzansi Fela banner, there is the Community Arts Dramaturgy  Outreach (CADO) Programme, which is the legacy project of the festival.

Its emphasis is on the development of undiscovered talent rooted in communities, especially remote from the arts hubs.

Each year, SAST’s Education Youth Children Theatre (EYCT) department branches out to communities in provinces including Limpopo, Northwest, Mpumalanga, Kwa-Zulu-Natal and Gauteng municipalities to source community theatre groups to feature in CADO.

However, there is an exciting twist in this year’s programme. The best group will be awarded a season in the theatre’s 2020 Main Programme. CADO will run from 01 to13 December.

Since its inception in 2007, Mzansi Fela Festival has become one of the most anticipated festivals of the year in the Tshwane Metropolitan and Gauteng province, if not the country at large. The festival presents the most exciting feast of music, theatre, dance, comedy and poetry in South Africa.

An occasion that started as a five-day event, has now developed to attract more than 10 000 people annually. It is popular for offering Mzansi’s premium talent, giving platform to the grinding up-and-comings while acknowledging artistic powerhouses that have paved the way.

Mzansi Fela Festival Programme Guide

Zonke| 01 December| 15:00|R300-R500

CADO| 01-13 December| Various times| R30

Kwanele| 01 – 15 December| Various times |R100-R150

Simphiwe Dana Symphony Experience| 07 December| 20:00| R500-R1000

Caiphus Semenya| 08 December |15:00|R250-R400

Hillsong| 09- 13 December| Various times| R50

Thandiswa Mazwai| 13 December | 20:00| R200-R350

Samthing Soweto and Ringo Madlingozi| 22 December|15:00|R200-R300

16 Days of Theatre Activism Against Gender Based Violence| 24 November- 10 December| Various Times|Free-R100

 

Tickets are obtainable at Webtickets- available online and over the counter at Pick n Pay outlets nationwide.

 

 

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Boiler Room x Ballantine’s True Music Announce Cape Town Line-Up

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Boiler Room and  Ballantine’s Scotch whisky once again touches down in South Africa’s ‘Mother City’ to close off a three-city True Music tour of the Rainbow Nations cultural hubs.

Promising to Take A Stand For True Music, the project is part of Ballantine’s commitment to push True Music scenes forward and support artists, fans, crews and communities around the world, by spotlighting the home-grown talent redefining their local scenes.

Ballantines 2019

On  Wednesday, 23th October Boiler Room x Ballantine’s True Music will link up with local partystarters Crayons,who’ve been lighting up the local scene with their seminal Roots & Fruits parties, as well as many community initiatives, to take things in a different direction.

Hosted by Xzavier Zulu this event will entirely focus on new, up-and-coming talent: the future stars of CPT who will be given a platform to show the world exactly why they’re the names on everyone’s lips. The tours closing event will also recognise the DJs, promoters and engineers who have pushed True Music forward.

From the machine-gun flows of hotly-tipped rapper Dee Koala, to the contemporary R ‘n B sounds of Boskasie, (featured on Cassper Nyovest single ‘Move for me’), through to groundbreaking newcomer Khanyo, there will be a string of live performances to blow the roof off.

Alongside that, the DJ sets will comprise of Gqom production duo Surreal Sessions (who have produced for the likes of FAKA), Cape Town rap mainstay Kay Faith, and Alvhinator (founder of legendary night Uppercut.). Not to mention the special guests that will make an appearance throughout the night.

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