Yeoville Radio kickstart their Southern Africa tour in Soweto.
In association with Concerts SA, Yeoville Radio presents the first show of their regional music tour. Leaded by South African vocalist and producer Kwela. The project is a fusion of Kwela’s musical influences: Afro-beat(s), indigenous music, early SA pop hits, praise poetry, hip-hop, synth and electronica.
On stage, the project showcases a live blending of organic sounds with electronic beats. The Yeoville Radio live experience is charged by the creative energy from the schizophrenic streets of Johannesburg and fueled by its forever changing urban sound-scape.
“We’ve been working on this project for the longest time and are looking forward to sharing the new music with audiences that love music with no boundaries. This tour is the beginning of many more to come.”
Named after Yeoville, the Johannesburg suburb turned township, Yeoville Radio reflects on the vibrant and frenetic experiences of the pan-African economic migrants that occupy the community. Songs in the project are laced with polyphonic grooves, trans-lingual vocals, South African colloquialisms and street flair. Kwela vocalizes the contemporary African experience from the perspective of living and walking the streets of Johannesburg.
The project’s first single, Pfukani (‘Wake up’) pays tribute to the workforce. It is dedicated to the “black diamonds”: the nine-to-fivers, the Afroprepreneurs, and the low-wage earners working to earn their bread in a continent of stark disparities.
Kwelagobe Sekele is a performer, producer and ‘music industry make-it-happener’ (as one journalist wrote). Known in music circles and front-man and visionary for the band Kwani Experience, he’s worked in different areas of the South African music industry and traveled widely within the continent and Europe, either performing of acting as tour management for acts such as Tumi & The Volume and Zaki Ibrahim. He currently works as music supervisor for South Africa’s top drama-soapie Rhythm City.
The tour is supported by the Music Mobility Fund, a funding mechanism administered by Concerts SA which offers opportunities for South African musicians to undertake live music tours. Kwela will be joined on stage by his old band members Gontse Makhene and Mahlatse Riba, amongst other performers.
In relation to this tour support, Kwela says:
“When we started making music professionally (in 2004), tour support was already an ancient concept even though the live circuit was happening. We didn’t have any tour support and for years we relied on the dicey game of bookings both on the continent and abroad. Not much has changed in 2016. So a grant like Concert’s SA’s Music Mobility Fund is welcome with open arms. We need more or we need to support CSA as a program.”
“Musicians and music professionals wishing to tour nationally and regionally should look out for the next call-for-applications. I’m hoping there will be another one. A program like this needs to be sustained because it benefits our SADEC live music circuit and develops future audiences. Concerts SA and the Music Mobility Fund are two steps in the right direction. Lastly, thanks to the Concerts SA Music Mobility Fund for helping take our new music back to Soweto where I grew up. Look out for our regional concerts across the border.”
Concerts SA is a joint South African/Norwegian initiative housed under the auspices of the Stakeholder Hub within the SAMRO Foundation; it receives financial, administrative and technical support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the SAMRO Foundation and Concerts Norway. The project aims to support live music in South Africa by finding and implementing ways to create a vibrant and viable live music circuit. It also aims to develop an interest in and appreciation of live music by showcasing music performances and conducting workshops at schools. For more information please visit our website http://concertssa.co.za, follow @ConcertsSA on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ConcertsSA or like us on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/ConcertsSA.
Soweto – Soweto Theatre
Saturday 6th August – 2.00pm – No cover charge
Address: cnr. Bolani & Bolani Link Rds., Jabulani, Soweto
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