Founded by partners-in-rhyme Dominique Soma and Sims Phakisi, Weheartbeat has a penchant for selecting only the best in collaborators who emulate their love for, and investment in, the digital age of music. From the analog ones and twos of vinyl culture to the ever-burgeoning 0s and 1s of binary beatmaking, Weheartbeat has pioneered a new way of appreciating Africa’s own in the creative sphere, with their many collaborative endeavors, shows, concept store and fan-first style of promotion. Fast friends with the much respected Soulection, Mellow Orange and Stones Throw labels to name a few, camp Weheartbeat have maintained their dedication to authenticity, therefore seeing Fak’ugesi entrusting many major segments of this year’s expansive platform to the their talented team. The Fak’ugesi Beat Lab is a week long journey into the world of music, tech and film, housing a selection of young people ready to polish and publish their original works. Sonic visions, future beats and how these disciplines intersect will be up for debate and dismantling, as Fakugesi Beats creates a space for young Africans to reimagine their own ways of creating.
The 16th September sees the festivals courage come to light at the festival finale during the Faku’gesi Beats Block Party; a 12 hour odyssey through the Tshimologong Precincts innovation hotspots that will leave you both enlightened and inspired. With both local and international powerhouses on the bill bringing their own sense of audiovisual ingenuity to the block, the festival finale aims to pioneer sounds never before seen, heard or felt. Join us as we fill Johannesburg’s streets with an array of genre bending expressions. Headliners include the trap-house-jazz polymath MASEGO, beatstrumentalist MNDSGN and the Afro-electric Petite Noir, alongside Soulection founder Joe Kay; European producers Melodiesinfonie and Evil Needle, Britain’s Hannah Faith and local luminaries Nonku Phiri, Zaki Ibrahim and Petite Noir.