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!
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!
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.
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 www.fetedelamusiquejhb.co.za