Johannesburg Music
Music for all at Fête de la Musique
June 7, 2018

Saturday 9 June 2018 see’s Joburg celebrate it’s seventh Fête de La Musique – the iconic global celebration of music that annually  celebrates the universal language of music! I’ve attend five out of the past seven  Fête de La Musique (FDLM) festivals in Jozi from it’s earlier days in Melville to it’s current home in Newtown. It’s a festival not to be missed!

BCUC at FDLM 2015


 Fête de La Musique – FREE, fun and family-friendly

What makes FDLM special is the fact that its FREE! FDLM really promotes inclusivity.   Newtown truly comes alive with festivity bringing  families and friends together over fabulous music, fantastic food trucks and fun times.

The vibe at every FDLM I’ve been to has been incredible. I loved the diversity of the music, and the diverse crowd – from young hipsters to families.  It feels like a street party and truly encompasses the spirit of inner city Jozi.  I always go with a bunch of my friends and we danced the day away!

Up to 8000 people have gathered in the Newtown Junction to be part of the Fête de la Musique!

The line-up…

With 5 open-air and 1 indoor stage FDLM has a diverse line up of 20 acts from SA, France & French-speaking Africa. The line up inlcudes: Femi Koya, Ibaaku (Mali) Jess & Crabbe / Bazzerk (France), Morena Leraba, EASY FREAK, G-Sand, Ikati Esengxoweni, Lerato Lichaba, MOONGA K., Motèl Mari, Radio123, Robin Thirdfloor, The Lectric Monks, The Sun Xa Experiment, Bambanani Brass Band, BuskAid, Rock Steady, Sutherland.



This year I’m super excited to see Senegalese artist Ibaaka. Check out the dope video below. His afro-futurist vibes mash hip-hop and electronica with traditional Senegalese music influences. I also got to meet DJ Crabbe this past week of French house duo Jess & Crabbe! Some of my other faves on the programme include Samthing Soweto and Radio 123.


Another artist that you can’t miss is Femi Koya. His music is a fusion of Afrobeat, jazz, West African highlife with a twist of  Sophiatown. You will dance!


The low down…

When: 9 June 2018, 11am – 7pm

Where: Newtown Junction

Cost: FREE!! Just show up.

Fete De La Musique Joburg map

From France to South Africa

Fête de la Musique (or World Music Day) was created in 1982 by Jack Lang, then French Minister of Culture.  Originally, the Fête de la Musique is a pfree music event taking place on the streets of  France on the 21st of June the day of northern hemisphere summer solstice each year. FDLM is celebrated in June in 700 cities in 120 countries  including South Africa, allowing people across the world to discover new musical trends.  Throughout France and abroad, jazz, soul, funk, rock, electro, reggae, classical music and many other genres are celebrated in a festival of world music.

FDLM is brought to you by The Alliance Française of Johannesburg, the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS), and Bassline Live in partnership with the Market Theatre Foundation and sponsored by Total SA.

Check out the full line up on

For updates, follow @JoburgFDLM on Twitter or @FetedelaMusique on Instagram


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Meruschka Govender

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  • Mvumikazi says:

    U just realised i was around 10 when i went to to my first and last music festival. . .at my big age 😥. Curse my current location and non existant social life

    Mvumikazi | Urban Mnguni

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