17/05/2016 - News

2016 Fete de la Musique, Newtown

Fete de la Musique Poster

Get ready for the big party!

The 2016 Fête de la Musique is happening in just one month away and we are ready to unveil the names of the headlining acts. Like every year, this festive celebration is also an opportunity to introduce to Joburg some of our best French acts: jazzman Daniel Mille with his accordion, Zanmari Baré and his maloya from Reunion Island, Jess and Crabbe’s afro electronic music, and Vaudou Game’s Togolese funk.

The local line-up promises to be as diverse and powerful as the international line-up with SA’s favourite established and growing talents: (final line-up TBC) Bombshelter Beast, Ndyebo, Academie, Urban Village, Guy Buttery, Unity band, Morayks, Watching Over Africa, FingerPrint5, Mapumba Cilombo, Black South Easter, Ben Dey and The Concrete Lions, Hellen Dikobe, Iphupho L’ka Biko, Kevin and The, Love World, Kinsmen, Nono Nkoane, UJU and more.

We are proud and grateful to announce that once again, Total SA is supporting this event. The Fête de la Musique speaks to their heritage portfolio which is dedicated to supporting and advancing the cultural and artistic heritage across multiple disciplines.

This year Newtown will once more be the place to be on Saturday the 18th of June, with lots of surprises!

The full programme will be made available on http://www.fetedelamusiquejhb.co.za/ and www.facebook.com/fetedelamusiquejhb

Note that the programme is subject to change.

Quick Facts:

Saturday 18 June 2016

Newtown Junction Precinct

11:00 am to 7:00 pm

International and local artists

Performances spread over 6 stages

Safe parking with more than 2000 bays

MAIN ACTS (1# Part)

Daniel Mille

A natural virtuoso who feeds off his many collaborations, Daniel Mille is an exceptional accordion player and composer whose melodical perfection and poetic world are awe-inspiring.

Zanmari Baré

Zanmari Baré and his band play maloya, the creole folk music of Réunion, and Baré has a voice that summons wooden ships, the ghosts of extinct birds, a tugging ecstasy of loneliness. The lyrics are in Réunion Creole, an offspring of French and African, Malagasy and Indian tongues.’ Carlos Amato

Jess and Crabbe

Jess & Crabbe is a duo of French DJs/producers. Since 2010, they also run Bazzerk, a label and multi-form entertainment project that focus essentially on non-occidental music and experimental upfront club music worldwide. They are greatly responsible for the emergence of Kuduro out of afro communities in Europe, US and Japan. Furthermore, Jess & Crabbe have become masters at the art of blending upfront innovative dance music from everywhere on the globe in order to generate a unique dance experience...

Vaudou Game Vaudou Game is a six piece band founded by Peter Solo, lead singer and composer, claiming and spreading the spiritual and musical heritage of the Voodoo culture. The strive for authenticity and the analog sound of Apiafo, their first album, do not mean that Vaudou Game is looking backwards. This is Togolese funk that has perhaps never before explored its ancient roots so deeply and proudly.

Publicity Information

For information, please contact:

Prisca Cerneaux

Communication Coordinator

Alliance francaise of Johannesburg


T: 011 646 1169

Communication Officer

French Institute of South Africa

E: comm.culture@ifas.org.za

T: 011 403 0458

Lance Mc Cormack

Director – Marketing and New Business


E: lance@bassline.co.za

T: 011 838 9145






Facebook: www.facebook.com/fetedelamusiquejhb

Twitter: @JoburgFDLM

HISTORY OF “FÊTE DE LA MUSIQUE”: from France to South Africa

Launched in 1982 by the French Ministry for culture, the Fête de la Musique is held in more than a hundred countries in Europe and all over the world. It usually takes place every June 21st, to mark the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere.

Thanks to the galvanizing vibrancy of the global French cultural network, the Fête de la Musique has expanded internationally and continues to grow exponentially. In South Africa the first Fête was inaugurated in 2010 in Richmond Hill, Port Elizabeth. The second one took place the following year at Arts on Main in Johannesburg. The Fête de la Musique in South Africa is a growing event attracting more and more people. Last year alone it drew 30,000 music lovers in Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria, East London and other cities.