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The best parties in Braamfontein this month

12 Dec 2019
created 10 Dec 2019
Home to thousands of students and a centre for those working in the creative industries, Braamfontein is a nightlife hub with some of Joburg's most popular late night bars and live music venues. If you are heading to 'Braam' (as the locals like to call it) to party this month, here are some of the biggest parties to look out for.

Benjamin Jephta at Untitled Basement
Friday December 13

The Benjamin Jephta Nu Quartet performs at one of Joburg's most popular live music venues Untitled Basement on Friday night. A winner of the prestigious Standard Bank Young Artist award, jazz bassist Jephta's eclectic jazz repertoire mixes and melds a variety of influences and genres, deftly travelling from South African jazz to electronic, hip hop, rock and the American Songbook.

The Olmecca Beach Party
Friday December 13 at The Bannister Hotel

Nothing says party quite like tequila and at this special club night, hosted by Olmecca tequila, you can expect plenty of shots being laid up on the bar. If tequila slammers aren't quite your thing there's also a R50 special on margaritas all night. 

That's Nice! at 99 Juta
Saturday December 14 at 99 Juta

The pretty pink Art Deco building 99 Juta, that is home to some of Joburg's leading interior design stores including Urbanative and Dokter & Misses hosts the That's Nice! pop-up party with a lineup of local DJs, a champagne bar by Krone MCC, fried chicken gua baos and a print exhibition by Dokter and Misses. The party runs from 11:00 until 17:00.

Free show at The Forge
Saturday December 14 at The Forge (87 De Korte Street)

Braamfontein's newest cultural space, The Forge, a multi-functional cultural space that describes itself as "a Pan-African, progressive, Left organisation" presents an afternoon and evening of free live music this Saturday. The line-up includes jazz-soul singer Zoe Modiga (performing from 18:00), Kieron Jina (at 15:00), The Ancestors (at 16:30) and DJ Obae (19:00 onwards). 

All White Affair with Rethabile at Republic of 94
Monday December 16 at Republic of 94

Republic of 94's huge courtyard party space always comes alive at this time of year as the bar typically hosts some of its biggest parties in the run-up to the festive season. On Monday December 16 (a public holiday in South Africa) wear white and drop by for the all-day LGBTI-friendly party the All White Affair with singer Rethabile Khumalo (best known for her recent collaboration with DJ Zinhle on the smash hit Umlilo). The party starts from 12:00 until late.

Spindle presents Tablist
Saturday December 21 at Kitcheners

Join South African DJ collective Spindle with their lead act Tha Cutt for the 6th installment of Tablist at Braamfontein bar Kitcheners' for an all-vinyl night. The music is 'traditional hip hop' complete with beats, scratches and breaks mixed across classic tracks and future hip hop sounds. 

Everyday People
Saturday December 29 from 15:00 at Neighbourgoods rooftop

Straight from New York, Everyday People is a global party series that brings together the best hip hop, dancehall, afrobeats and R&B led by DJ Moma. Following parties hosted in Toronto, Berlin, London and Paris, Everyday People comes to Joburg to kick start the warm-up to this year's Afropunk festival. DJs on the lineup include  Akio, Fif_Laaa, Soulkid, DJ Remy (Swe) and DJ AQ (NYC).

Afropunk Joburg 2019
December 30 and 31 at Constitution Hill

One of South Africa's biggest music festivals, now in its third year, the cult Afropunk festival brings together a world-class line-up of the hottest names in black alternative music. For many the chance to connect and engage with a like-minded alternative crowd is a major part of the attraction and dressing up in the most flamboyant African punk outfits you can imagine is all part of the joy of Afropunk, a festival that is all about celebrating Africa’s open-minded, non-conforming and unconventional communities. This year’s international headliners include neo-soul and alternative R&B superstars such as Solange Knowles, Masego, Miguel and Nao, while representing local talent are major local alternative, Gqom, Afro-psychedelic, house, rap and Afro-futurist performers such as Sjava, Sho Madjozi, Busiswa and the Jazz Disciples. 

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