One of the coolest events in the Jozi social calendar has to be the annual Joburg Day Music festival. The event is organised by regional station 94.7 Highveld Stereo every year. It’s a great way to usher in the new season, to be outdoors with friends and family and to listen and see some of SA’s best musicial talent.
I’ve been in the music and entertainment industry for over five years and sadly this will be the first time I wont be in attendance. I have other engagements to attend to and it really is such a shame because the lineup this year is the best, by far. If you don’t know here are the artists set to perform at this year’s Joburg Day, which is presented by Santam:
Toya De Lazy (fresh and fun)
Prime Circle (You always get what you want )
The Graeme Watkins Project (rad, rad, rad bunch of guys)
Mi Casa (what can I say…. they stay #winning)
Chianosky (Check out her album Hungry, in stores now)
Locnville (they’ve been quiet but they’re good chaps and they always impress)
Lloyd Cele (awesome chap)
Kongos (not totally familiar with them but a good addition no doubt)
Crazy White Boy (love them and their album is amazeballs)
Goodluck (love them)
The event goes down this Saturday the Riversands Farm, north of Johannesburg. Gates open at 11am. I’m told tickets are sold out so if you’re going have a jol. Check out some of my pics from last year here.
A unique journey of music, culture and mixability is exactly what local music fans can experience with this year’s Hennessy Artistry. Hennessy Cognac is bringing together no less than six of South Africa’s most exciting musical talents in a finale Halo concert which epitomises the ‘Art of Blending’ to create a collaboration which has never been seen before.
This year’s collaborating artists; Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse, Flash Republic, Zonke, Crazy White Boy, Slikour and Zakes Bantwini will perform at the prestigious Halo concert to be held at The Venue in the exclusive Melrose Arch precinct in Johannesburg on the 17th of September. The 2011 Hennessy Artistry collaboration track has been produced by internationally acclaimed producers, The Layabouts , and will see an original version and a remixed track released.
Following a tour of six build-up events across South Africa, the finale Halo concert promises fans far more than just six performances. Together, the artists will perform the 2011 collaboration track, along with impromptu collaborations with other surprise South African musicians and MC’ed by the talented ProVerb.
Crazy White Boy:
1. Your smash hit Love You Better has clearly paved the way to a successful career in the music industry. It has obviously opened up many doors too. Tell us what it’s like to be involved in a campaign like this.
It is really great; we have always seen ourselves us the underdogs. For years we made music that did well locally and internationally. We grateful that such an influential brand like Hennessy brought us on board.
2. Tell us about this track and what fans can expect?
It is going to be very interesting as we don’t normally get any outside input. It will be a first for us having other artists head off the production process and then we all collab. It has also been really tough as we have been based in Europe for the past 80 days on tour!
3. This year’s campaign is based on the art of blending. If you look at the list of artists on the bill, there definitely is a true blend. What was it like to work with some of these artists?
It’s really an honour to be included with such great talent, the years of musical experience really makes us feel a little insignificant. We will be in studio together soon to do our part of the record.
4. There are six events planned and this will be followed by one massive halo event in Johannesburg. Which one of the six will you be performing at and what can fans expect from that?
We will be performing at four events in lead up to the Halo concert. To be honest the UmLazi
gig in Durban is what we are looking forward to the most. Our sound is urban and even though we have been producing our “ghetto tech” style for some time, we don’t often get the chance to see how people in the townships react to us performing our records.
5. The campaign will see one lucky winner walking off with the grand prize of attending the Halo Event on the 17th. Tell people out there how they can get involved in this and stand a chance of winning an all-expenses paid trip?
One lucky Hennessy consumer will stand a chance to win an all-expenses paid trip with three of their friends to the prestigious Halo event in Johannesburg. Purchase a bottle of Hennessy between 18 July and 10 September and fill in the entry card provided. The VIP package includes the following:
– Return business class flights to Johannesburg
– Airport transfer in a limousine
– 5* Accommodation
– A shopping spree at Melrose Arch precinct, valued at R2000 each
– VIP access to the Halo event
– Complimentary drinks at the Halo party
– An opportunity to meet the six artists collaborating in the 2011 campaign
6. The campaign is based on the art of blending. How best would you describe this?
Taking artists that you wouldn’t normally find even hanging out together and putting them in one room to write music that at least each one of their crew would appreciate.
7. What was it like to work with someone like Sipho Hotstix Mabuse?
It’s amazing to get to work and just getting to hang out with some real South African talent!
Visit www.hennessy.com or facebook.com/hennessysa to find out more about event dates, ticket sales, local artists, how to win the ultimate VIP package to the Halo event and to watch ‘The Art of Blending’ documentary. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates, @HennessySA, #hennessyartistry
Latinova is going to be rocking next weekend… well if the line-up is anything to go by. I haven’t seen Crazy White Boy live yet. It’s on my list of things to do.