Mandla Mlangeni, Maleh, BLK JKS and The Brother Moves On to headline Fête de la Musique

Spring in Johannesburg is set to be filled with sounds created by a diverse range of amazing artists at one of the city’s most eagerly anticipated annual events.

The headline acts for this year’s Fête de la Musique Joburg have been announced: Award winning jazz trumpeter Mandla Mlangeni; afrocentric ancient futurists The Brother Moves On; pioneering art rockers Blk Jks and SAMA awarded songstress Maleh will be on stage at four locations as part of this popular festival on the 18th of September 2021.

Joining the headliners at the four different stages in Johannesburg and Soweto are the artists selected during the call out for musicians and DJ to be part of the Fête de la Musique Joburg:  Ms Party, Mx Blouse, Melo B JonesIkati Esengxoweni, LaliBoi, Manu Grace,  Basadi ba Mintsu, Bobo Jay Nzima, AN.D, DJ Binz, Shotgun Tori and the Hound, Sibusiso Mashiloane, Simba Ci, Spokenpriestess, Sun Xa Experiment and Tshepang Ramoba.

Selen Daver, the Cultural Attaché for the French Embassy of South Africa, said, “Over the last decade, Fête de la Musique has grown to be one of the most anticipated experiences amongst avid festival-goers in Johannesburg. After the postponement of last year’s event, we are happy to be back again, this time in four different locations, with limited capacity to ensure everyone’s safety. Our goal is to make live music accessible for all while giving young musicians a space to reach a broad audience.”

The Fête de la Musique (or World Music Day) is a popular and free music festival that has been taking place each year in France, internationally and was established in South Africa in 2010. In Johannesburg, it has become a great platform for both renowned and upcoming talents to make themselves known. Many local and international artists have taken part in the event throughout the years and contributed to its success, including Samthing Soweto, Msaki, Nakhane, Zoe Modiga, Blk Jks, Urban Village, BCUC, Berita, Baenz Oester and the Rainmakers and Bombshelter Beast.

The Fête de la Musique Joburg is brought to you by the French Institute of South Africa and the Alliance Française of Johannesburg, in partnership with Bassline Live and Newtown Junction. It is made possible by the continuous support of TOTAL South Africa to the arts.

Shortlisted artists for this year’s Fête de la Musique

In celebration of World Music Day, we are thrilled to announce the successful musicians, bands and DJs who have been selected to perform at Fête de la Musique on 18 September 2021.

After receiving hundreds of applications that responded to our call last month our jury chose sixteen artists who will take to the stage this Spring.

The headliners and venues will be announced soon, so keep an eye on our social media platforms for updates.