Fête de la Musique (or World Music Day) is back on the 18th June 2022, happening across four venues around Johannesburg with headlining acts including BCUC, Brenda Mtambo, Urban Village and Azah.
Fête de la Musique Joburg 2022 is open to all and will take place at Newtown Junction; Soweto’s Native Rebels; Victoria Yards, and at the Alliance Française in Parkview, from 12am – 6pm.
The popular and free music festival, established in 2010, has become a great platform for a diverse range of upcoming talents to make themselves heard in South Africa. This year, joining these headliners, 22 acts have been selected out of 300 applications for a spot on the FDLM stage.
The results follow a competitive Call for Applications process and intense deliberation from the jury who chose the final performers: Latoya Makhene, Bonga Kwana, Farai Matak, LNT Sound, 3 HEADS, NotBenjamin, DJ Teedo Love, Clement Measuretutti, Adrian Kapiten, Vinnie Mak, Future Radio, Black Heidi, Jst Sako, Nomisupersta, Kings Of Bantu Hymns, iPhupho L’Ka Biko, BONJ, Kommanda Obbs, The Isomers, Kazi Ya Sayaa, AndroGenius and Bongani.
“Every year, the jury tries to select broadly across genres to create a melting pot of musical sounds. Luckily this year we were able to choose more acts, grow the festival and give more artists the opportunity to shine. It has been 40 years since the festival began in France, so it is a great occasion for a bigger celebration” says Sophie Boulé, Cultural Attaché and Deputy Director of IFAS.
The festival’s vision is not only to highlight fresh talent, but also to be an incubator and create long-term opportunities for the new generation of performers. This year, the winning applicants will also be invited to attend a workshop before the festival.
It will be facilitated by music production company Bassline and French label No Format at Ampd studios, together with renowned industry players looking to strengthen the burgeoning musical talent in South Africa.
The 6-stage line-up is sure to bring some heat this coming winter:
Piazza Stage: Latoya Makhene, Bonga Kwana, Farai Matake and BCUC
Railway Stage: LNT Sound, 3 HEADS, NotBenjamin, DJ Teedo Love
Ampd Stage: Clement Measuretutti, Adrian Kapiten, Vinnie Mak
Future Radio, Black Heidi, Jst Sako, Nomisupersta and Urban Village
Kings Of Bantu Hymns, iPhupho L’Ka Biko, BONJ, Kommanda Obbs and Azah
The Isomers, Kazi Ya Sayaa, AndroGenius, Bongani Givethanks and Brenda Mtambo
The Fête de la Musique was established by the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) in partnership with TotalEnergies Marketing South Africa and Newtown Junction.
It is made possible with the support of the Institut Français in Paris along with venue partners Victoria Yards, Native Rebels and the Alliance Française of Johannesburg, and media partner France 24.