A lineup of legendary South African artists is set to thrill audiences at the fifty DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival, including Hugh Masekela, Thandiswa Mazwai and Black Coffee.
This jazz legend needs no introduction. The world-renowned flugelhornist, trumpeter, bandleader, composer and singer started playing trumpet at the age of 14 and began to hone his Afro-Jazz sound in the late 1950s. He performed in the 1959 musical, King Kong written by Todd Matshikiza and, soon thereafter, he performed as a member of the South African group, the Jazz Epistles, along with Kippie Moeketsi, Abdullah Ibrahim and Jonas Gwangwa. They were the first African jazz group to record an LP and perform to record-breaking audiences in Johannesburg and Cape Town through late 1959 to early 1960.
The Witbank-born Masekela has performed in different jazz ensembles; he attended the Manhattan School of Music and lived and worked in the US. He toured with Paul Simon and was featured in the documentary Amandla! He has also released an autobiography, recorded numerous albums and created a series of videos on ESPN with his son, Selema Masekela.
The sublime South African songstress, Thandiswa Mazwai, is set to raise temperatures at this year’s festival. This influential artist’s career took off in 1998 with Bongo Maffin, one of South Africa’s pioneering kwaito bands and after six award-winning albums with Bongo Maffin, she went solo. Her debut album, Zabalaza (2004), achieved double platinum status and won numerous awards including a Kora for Best African Female Artist and four South African Music Awards (SAMAs). It was also nominated for a BBC Radio 3 Planet Award.
Mazwai’s critically acclaimed second album Ibokwe (2009) reached gold status within weeks of release and her live DVD Dance of the forgotten Free (2010) won SAMAs for Best Female Artist and Best Live DVD in 2011. The Guardian recently referred to her as “South Africa’s finest female contemporary singer.”
Who doesn’t love a little Black Coffee? This won’t be a predictable DJ set, as Black Coffee will perform live with a band (backing vocalists, percussionist and keyboardist). A record producer and DJ, Black Coffee has released five albums and a live DVD under his Johannesburg-based record label, Soulistic Music. He is arguably the most prominent electronic music producer in Africa, whose big break occurred shortly after being chosen as a participant in the 2004 Red Bull Music Academy. In September 2015, he won the Breakthrough DJ of the Year award at the DJ Awards in Ibiza, a few weeks after the release of his fifth studio album, Pieces of Me.
Nomsa Mazibuko, Group Head of Marketing at MultiChoice says, “The DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival is truly South African, and this is why we have become the only event to be a member of the Proudly South African campaign.” These incredible acts will share the stage with a fantastic lineup of international artists, Common, Imagination ft Lee John, Alexander O’Neal, Omar and Femi Kuti.
Date: 7 and 8 October 2017
Venue: Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit in Midrand, Johannesburg
Booking: For tickets and full event lineup, visit DStv Delicious.
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