FDLM 2023 – Full Lineup and Headliners Announced!


Morena Leraba, Simmy, Tshepang Ramoba, Nomfusi and Musa Mashiane to Headline Fête de la Musique 2023 across 3 venues in Johannesburg.

Fête de la Musique, one of Johannesburg’s most anticipated music festivals, announces its exciting lineup of headlining acts for the 2023 edition. Taking place on the 24th of June at Newtown Junction, Victoria Yards and the Alliance Française of Johannesburg, this year’s festival promises an unforgettable celebration of local music and culture for everyone. The French Institute of South Africa is excited to bring this event back for its 12th year with the support of TotalEnergies Marketing South Africa, Newtown Junction and SAMRO.

Following the announcement of the 20 supporting performers, the 2023 headlining acts for Fête de la Musique Johannesburg are sure to dazzle:

Playing at Newtown Junction, Simmy is an exciting addition to the lineup. Her music blends elements of electronic dance music, neo-soul, and experimental pop. Simmy’s heartfelt lyrics and smooth melodies have earned her widespread acclaim, describing her music as “nostalgic in a sense that is relevant, energizing with societal undertones “

Also performing at Newtown Junction, Musa Mashiane will bring a unique sound experience of Afro-soul, traditional African, soulful R&B, jazz, blues and a strong texture of Afro-melodies. He pulls his inspiration from international singers like Victor Ntoni, Oumou Sangare, Stevie Wonder and Bobby McFerrin, but delivers it with a truly original African signature.

Victoria Yards will be led by Morena Leraba. This Lesotho-born singer and rapper brings a refreshing blend of genres to the Fête de la Musique stage.  He fuses traditional Sesotho lyrics with Electro, Afro-house and Hip-hop. His lyrics are rooted in the genre, Famo: a sub-genre of Sesotho traditional music or poetry.

The second headliner at Vic Yards is Tshepang Ramoba. Known as the versatile drummer of the legendary South African band, BLK JKS, Tshepang Ramoba brings his innovative musical talents to the FDLM stage. Blending elements of Hip-hop, R&B jazz, and other novel sounds, Tshepang’s music transcends boundaries with its infectious rhythm.

Finally, lighting up the Alliance Francaise JHB stage is Nomfusi. This self-taught singer and songwriter has become well-known for her untamed stage performances all over the world. Nomfusi’s music is a beautiful mix of genres from joyful Township sounds with Maskandi guitars to Afro Pop, Afro Soul and beautiful soulful Ballads with a hint of Gospel.

The whole line-up is:

Victoria Yards Stage A:

Morena Leraba – 18h00

L8 Antique – 16h00

Angelyric – 14h00

Madkind – 12h00

Victoria Yards – Stage B

Tshepang Ramoba – 17h00

Kekelingo – 15h00

Kazi Ya Sanaa – 13h00

PG_13 – 11h00

Newtown Junction – Piazza

Simmy – 17h00


The Charles Géne Suite – 13h00

Sfiso Atomza – 11h00

Newtown Junction – Ampd Studio Stage

Musa Mashiane – 16h00

uKhoiKhoi – 14h00

The Cooligans – 12h00

Newtown Junction – Railway Line Stage

ThuliThulz – 16h00

SHAKES – 14h00

MazwiDaDj – 12h00

SweeterBrown – 11h00

Alliance Française of Johannesburg

Nomfusi – 17h00

Ntunja – 15h40

Zoe Molelekwa – 14h30

Nonhlanhla Dube – 13h15

Noba – 12h20

Asiomhle Zuri – 11h30

By partnering with Bassline Live, Newtown Junction, Victoria Yards, and the Alliance Française in Johannesburg, the festival hopes to increase accessibility with a wide range of locations and musical acts to choose from.

Fête de la Musique is free to all! Join us on June 24th, 2023 for a musical feast for everyone.