Having travelled the world for nearly 20 years and collaborated with more than 1,500 musical luminaries, the Red Bull Music Academy Weekender comes to South Africa – and Africa – for the very first time.
Taking place from Thursday the 1st to Sunday the 4th September 2016, the South African RBMA Weekender will host no less than 60 acts from across the country, continent and world, covering a range of genres from hip hop and ragga to electronica and house music.
The lineup will play across six iconic music venues in and around downtown Johannesburg, including Bassline, 1 Fox, And Club, Kitcheners, Carfaxx, Great Dane and Zone 6. Each event, from day to night, will offer a mix of sounds and festival-goers can expect to be taken on different musical journeys over the four days.
It all begins on Thursday at the legendary Bassline in Newtown, to many a home of the Johannesburg music scene.
Bassline has been hosting incredible musicians for more than two decades, and on Thursday it will host the RBMA Weekender’s reggae night, featuring masters of the sound African Storm Sound System with Admiral and Jahseed and special guests.
Braamfontein and Newtown’s cultural melting pot of music, fashion, culture and style is the perfect playground for Friday night as we move the party to legendary venues And Club, Kitchener’s, Carfaxx and Great Dane.
A power lineup of Thebe, Felix Laband, Beat Sampras, Niskerone vs Hyphen, Kenzhero, G Force & Craig Placid, Sketchy Bongo and Aewon Wolf and many more will drop beats, bass, techno and everything in between until the early hours.
All centrally located and close to each other, festival-goers can move easily between venues and stages for over eight hours of non-stop music.
The pinnacle of the RBMA Weekender programme takes place Saturday night on 3rd September at 1 Fox in downtown Joburg, where New Zealand natives and global sensations Fat Freddy’s Drop will headline.
Fat Freddy’s Drop are a seven-piece band from Wellington whose musical style has been characterised as any combination of dub, reggae, soul, jazz, rhythm and blues, and techno. AKA, Nigeria’s Patoranking, Christian Tiger School and Jullian Gomes, among others, will keep the crowds humming until 2 AM.
Sundays are where it’s at in Joburg’s biggest township, and on 4th September, the RBMA Weekender moves to Zone 6 in Soweto. Kicking off at 3 PM, audiences can look forward to phenomenal live performances from Black Coffee, Culoe De Song, Riky Rick, Oskido, King Bruce, and Mafia Boyz.
Chopper Reeds, aka Scott Towers, of Fat Freddy’s Drop says he and the band are excited to be playing in South Africa for the first time.
“Fans can look forward to some Fat Freddy’s Drop classics as this’ll be the first time we’ve performed them in South Africa. And some box fresh vibes as we’ll be fighting fit after a four-week European tour just prior to the RBMA Weekender,” says Chopper Reeds.
While in the country, the band also plans to see the sights and hook up with some of the local heavyweights like Black Coffee.
To see the full RBMA Weekender lineup visit their website!