Lineup guide! Hot live music acts for free at Fête de la Musique

Here’s your Fête de la Musique stage lineup guide.

Fête de la Musique is one of our favourite annual live music festivals! On Saturday 8 June the streets of Newtown will transform into a giant pedestrian zone where six indoor and outdoor stages will feature more than 20 exciting South African, French and international music acts between 11am and 7pm.

We’ve put together this stage lineup guide for you to ensure you catch your favourite live music acts!

TRACE STAGE

Refentse Solo

On Stage: 11h00 – 12h00

Refentše is a singer/songwriter based in Cape Town whom music has been around her all her life. Influenced by the Neo-soul sounds her older brother used to blast from his bedroom speakers: Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Maxwell and the likes. Refentše decided to share her music more openly in 2018. She featured on tracks with some of South Africa’s finest up and coming producers such as DJ 1D, Tsukudu and Mark Akol.

Tendaness

On Stage: 13h00 – 14h00

Tendaness mushroomed into the scene with his hit “Jika”, a record that introduced the signature Tendaness sound and positively redirected the course of his journey. The release of subsequent singles Love Me, Call On Me, Solo, Tell Me and Make Up Your Mind verified his position in the music industry, proving that he’s not here by accident. Described as a “genre bender,” Tendaness’ sound infuses elements of a variety of genres such as Jazz and Folk with electronic elements and the result is a sound with worldwide potential.

The Us

On Stage: 15h00 – 16h00

The US is a multi-talnted alternative music duo. The Us consists of marley bloo & daddy longstem, a mix of two powerful creatives. Following their national tour, the Us has independetly released their debut album titled “welcome to the us”

Darkie Fiction

On Stage: 17h00 – 18h00

Darkie Fiction is a South African music duo formed in Cape Town and based in Johannesburg. Their music draws influence from kwaito, afro-funk, neo-soul and hip hop. Their sound aims to pay homage to authentic South African music of yester-year.

TOTAL STAGE

Les Fantastiques

On Stage: 12h00 – 13h00

Les Fantastiques was born in 1995 in Johannesburg. This Band has been growing from strength to strength and has done numbers of the performances both in South Africa and the rest of Africa continent. They have performed also in countries like Mozambique, Lesotho, Angola, Zambia and Namibia. Les Fantastiques is a very elegant group with smart dressing style producing very nice combined sound of Congolese and Latino.

Dark Blue Orchestra

On Stage: 14h00 – 15h00

The Dark Blue Orchestra lays the soundtrack for a film noir that was never made, where Jim Jarmush meets Freaks and the lines between fiction and reality are seriously blurred.
And when singer Don DiMartino enters the stage, he casts a spell over you: his multifarious voice is perfectly accompinied by strong and incisive riffs, a warm and powerful bass line as well as a vigorous drum play.

Urban Village

On Stage: 16h00 – 17h00

Urban Village music encourages and motivates, entertains, and awakens cultural and traditional consciousness; it encapsulates day-to-day personal and societal experiences echoed with teachings by the elderly, bringing us back, not to be regressive but to take us back to a point where our identity reflects us and our stories.

Msaki

On Stage: 18h00 – 19h00

Msaki is a composer and singer-songwriter from East London, South Africa. The South African Music Award-nominated composer creates a sound that combines soulful folk with symphonic movements, Xhosa lyrics and African poly-rhythms with portals of sincere improvisations. Her raw delivery disrupts your senses, leaving you moved and quietly longing for more as she weaves subtle tales of love, loss, home, revolution and hope.

NEWSCAFE STAGE

Finna Cry

On Stage: 12h00 – 13h00

Finna Cry blends synthwave, post rock and lo-fi hip hop to create an intense, sometimes heavy sound (he’s trying to push the term “Hypno-hop” but it hasn’t caught on yet). Attempting to create an outlet for his anxious thoughts, his music is often switches between calm and dark at a moment’s notice; with a surreal, psychedelic tinge.

DJ Monique

On Stage: 14h00 – 15h00

Raphaël Gribe Marquis aka DJ Monique Ninja is a Paris Based Radio and Cinema Producer. As a DJ, he is a member of the Iconic House of Ninja. Resident Artist for Rinse France, Culture and Media Programmer for France Inter, Producer for the new fashion digital media MAD and  Host for Spotify, Raphaël Gribe Marquis tries to enlighten the intense relationships between, Race, History, Sexualities and cultural productions and hopes to contribute to the emergence of critical artistic and mediatic discourses on transformative diversities matters.

Aubrey Qwana

On Stage: 16h00 – 17h00

Aubrey Qwana is a music artist, with musical attributes ofAfro Pop, Maskandi and Hip Hop that is commanded from African native backgrounds.Aubrey Qwana masters in creation of the upcoming fused music industry (Afro-pop fused with Imbube). It’s the kind of music that promotes love, respect, integrity, honesty, peace and soulful joy.

Jackie Queens

On Stage: 18h00 – 19h00

Jackie Queens is the Zimbabwean born. Songwriter and vocalist disrupting the status quo of the music industry’s perspective on the role women play in its success. Her powerful presence in both artistry and business has her firmly placed as the doyen of African female voices in electronica. It is, however, through her own label Bae Electronica and the projects she spearheads, such as GIRLS and womenofhouse that she affects the most impact.

WORKSHOP NEWTOWN STAGE

Grace – Attalie

On Stage: 11h00 – 12h00

From writing songs, singing, to directing the design of the music that forms her distinct sound, Grace-Attalie is a couturier of music that uses her music to exude her perspectives on the world, on life, through diverse sounds accompanied by harmonic as well as rhythmic mesmerizing cadences and melodies. She is originally from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Umle

On Stage: 13h00 – 14h00

The band consists of Siyabonga Radu, as well as Siphamandla as the main band members, their music is a mixture of musical textures, they draw from daily experiences. They have been feature on VUZUamp’s Forever young. They won the standard bank standing ovation award at the National Arts festival in Grahamstown (2015). They were part of the National Arts Festival’s Arena programme (2016) (sponsored by BASA).

Musa Mashiane

On Stage: 15h00 – 16h00

Born in Witbank, Mpumalanga, the same town and province that gave
birth to the great Hugh Masekela, it is not surprising that Musa is following in his footsteps and winning the hearts of many music lovers. His phenomenal vocal renditions portray both talent and great vocal technical abilities, his music oozes with maturity and sophistication.

Deltino Guerreiro

On Stage: 17h00 – 18h00

Musician and Economist the sound of Deltino Guerreiro is a mixture of influences, fruit of his experience from north to south of the Country. From soul and R&B to the musical tradition of northern Mozambique, allied to conscious lyrics sung in Portuguese, English and Macua, his melodies reflect the strong Arab musical influence of the North of Mozambique.

NEWTOWN JUNCTION STAGE

PG – 13

On Stage: 11h00 – 12h00

PG_13 is an “intoxicating cocktail of poetry infused mbaqanga served with a side of saucy jazz”. A race and gender blended band looking to spark a new narrative with telling African tales through Song and Dance. Their music is a mix with evocative poetry and ancestral awakening vocals that resonate deeply with the ethnicity of radical African Sounds.

Gunshot Blue

On Stage: 13h00 – 14h00

Gunshot Blue is the culmination of thousands of hours of dedication to craft, a fermentation of many uniquely different, yet strangely familiar stories, distilled, steeped and soaked in folklore and tradition. A mysterious and hypnotic blend of the gentle, psychedelic infused blues that occasionally meets the explosive high energy, electricity of rock and roll head on.

Red Robyn

On Stage: 15h00 – 16h00

Red Robyn is a multi-instrumentalist singer passionate about using music as a medium for creating art that both challenges and encourages listeners to experience music like you would a movie. Influenced by jazz and rock, her sound is not one that can be defined as she refers to her work as ‘A mirror that reflects the times’.

Tidal Waves

On Stage: 17h00 – 18h00

Tidal Waves write and perform original reggae music with traditional African music influences like Maskandi and Mbaqanga. The sound is original roots reggae with strong rock, ska and blues influences. Tidal Waves are widely regarded as the hardest working reggae band in South Africa.

FLOATING AROUND PRECINCT

Bambanani Brass Band

14h00 – 17h00

Bambanani Brass Band was formed in 2000 in Alexandra North of Gauteng. Bambanani is a community organisation committed to the African arts and culture of South Africa. The organisation encourages the youth of the community to get involved in a variety of after school activities that will help them keep busy and channel their efforts in the direction of music. Brass band music has played a big role from a social and political point of view in the whole world. It is necessary to continue to plant the seed for our next generation by teaching them how to play, read, write music and interpret music.

MARKET THEATRE

Buskaid

On Stage: 12h00 – 14h30

Buskaid is a unique initiative. Its aim is to give young people from Soweto the opportunity to explore and fulfil their musical potential, through high quality tuition on the violin, viola, cello and double bass at the Buskaid Music School. This has the added benefit of improving their educational and social prospects, and transforming their whole local community. It was founded in 1992 by British viola player Rosemary Nalden in response to an item on the BBC’s Today programme highlighting the difficulties of a group of young string players in Diepkloof, Soweto.

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