Bassline Fest In Celebration Of Africa Day #Bethelegacy 25/26/27 May 2018

Bassline is proud to announce the all new BASSLINE FEST, previously known as Bassline Africa Day Concert. Now in its 14th year as the only Johannesburg-based Festival that celebrates African unity and diversity, BASSLINE FEST is taking over three full days to platform music, food, and dialogue to promote social cohesion across the continent.

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.

KAYA FM Managing Director, Greg Maloka, says that Kaya FM is proud to be part of this musical celebration once again, “As the home of the Afropolitan, Kaya FM listeners frequently hear music and content from all over the continent as part of our regular programming because celebrating Africa, its people and its diversity is part of the stations culture. Thus, we have enjoyed a mutual and long-standing relationship with Bassline Fest and the Nelson Mandela Foundation for this event.”

TRACE Southern Africa’s Senior-Vice President, Leo Manne, is excited about the extended partnership: “As we enter our second year of collaborating with the Bassline family, we look forward to taking our collaboration to greater heights. We are confident that the revival of this already successful event property will attract more of our urban African youth who are central to our commitment to building musical bridges across our vibrant continent.”

With Constitution Hill as the host, the weekend festivities begin on Friday 25th May – African Union’s official Africa Day, with a closed day of dialogues in the Women’s Prison, involving key thought-leaders in a series of panel discussions.  

The main focus will be on promoting social cohesion, the legacy of Nelson Mandela, the Constitution as well as a look at how music and arts continue to contribute towards the promotion of democracy. Media is encouraged to attend the discussions and can be booked in accordingly.

The music and food festivities kick off on Saturday the 26th May from 3pm to 11pm with two stages, both featuring top tier artists from not only the African continent, but from across the globe.  

SABC2 will broadcast live from the Fest between 8pm and 11pm, reaching a sizeable television audience.

The Sunday fest times are 12pm to 7pm.


The first announcement of artists, in no order of priority, is as follows:

Dub Inc – France

Flavia Coelho – Brazil

Nakhane – South Africa

Nathalie Natiemba – Reunion Island

Ghorwane – Mozambique

Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabusa – South Africa

Oki Dub Ainu Band – Japan

Sekou Kouyate – Guinea

Azah – South Africa

Elida Almeida – Cape Verde


The next tier of acts will be announced in two weeks, including a surprise headliner.


BASSLINE FEST forms the Johannesburg leg of the Igoda Festival Circuit.  

Igoda, meaning ‘knot’ or ‘bind together’ in Zulu, is a unique and innovative concept that brings together the finest music festivals within Southern Africa to create one of the strongest touring circuits on the African continent.

The circuit presents an ease of opportunity for artists to travel the continent.  International artists will often share the circuit and can be seen at several of the festivals over the same space of time, allowing fans from across the continent that exposure.

Festivals represented by the Ignoda circuit include Azgo Festival – Mozambique, MTN Bushfire – Swaziland, Zakifo Festival – Durban, South Africa, Sakifo Festival – Reunion Island, and the latest addition to the circuit, DOADOA in Uganda.  

BASSLINE FEST is the exclusive Johannesburg partner in the Igoda circuit, securing absolute exclusivity of artists on the tour for this territory.  In other words, you will only catch them on our stage in Johannesburg.


Final Artist line-ups and programming for the weekend will be shared with the public in due time.


Early bird tickets are open now for R300 at

Tickets are R400 per day thereafter.


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