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Where to celebrate Africa Day in Joburg

01 Aug 2019
created 15 May 2017
Africa Day is commemorated every year on May 25 across the continent. While Africa Day is not a public holiday in South Africa it is still actively celebrated across Joburg with various festivals, exhibitions and events happening throughout the month.

Here are five great Africa Day events to look forward to in Joburg this year.


Bassline Fest
Saturday May 25, 14:00-24:00

The Bassline Fest (formerly known as the Bassline Africa Day Concert) is a highlight of South Africa’s music festival calendar. This year the festival takes place in the heart of Joburg at Constitution Hill with a packed line-up of exciting local and international acts. For many festival-goers the biggest attraction of Bassline Fest is the chance to experience some of Africa's most exciting musicians performing a range of different musical genres that reflect the rich diversity of the African continent. This year's line-up includes Nigeria soul singer Asá and fellow Nigerian star Mr. Eazi, a pioneer of the West African Banku sound, feel-good Afro-pop band Maia and The Big Sky from Kenya, South Africa's award-winning contemporary jazz collective the Tune Recreation Committee and the eclectic world music mashup Alibombo from Colombia.

Mbuso Khoza and the Afrikan Heritage Ensemble
Saturday May 25 from 19:00
Joburg Theatre celebrates Africa Month with a special performance by Mbuso Khoza and the Afrikan Heritage Ensemble. The evening's event is a two-part performance opening with Khoza and his four-piece band presenting a selection of African-centric music including original compositions and seminal works by icons such as Salif Keita and Richard Bona followed by a performance by the 16-voice strong a capella collective the Afrikan Heritage Ensemble of ancient 'Amahubo', the African songs traditionally sung by Abanguni griots and composers.

Africa Day Groove at Soweto Theatre
Saturday May 25, 12:00–22:00   

Soweto Theatre celebrates Africa Day with an all-day festival that promises a packed line-up of top South African bands. Exciting local acts on the programme include the acclaimed reggae band Tidal Waves, Soweto-based Urban Village whose exciting alternative music fuses traditional and contemporary rural and urban sounds, Sun Xa Experiment, known for their soothing avant-garde blend of ancestral spirit influences, and the uplifting African jazz-soul sounds of Afrika Cele. 

!Kauru Contemporary African Art - And Counting
Until July 14

On show at the Johannesburg Art Gallery until July 14, collaborative cross-cultural art platform !Kauru Contemporary African Art presents their latest group exhibition And Counting. The group exhibition of contemporary work from Zambian and South Africa reflects on the nature of archives, the way in which history and collective memory is recorded and how national identities are moulded and fostered in 21st Century democracies. Look out for a guided walkabout of the exhibition on Sun May 26 at 13:00. 

Africa Month at SAB World of Beer
Throughout May

Throughout the month of May SAB World of Beer celebrates African diversity through food and beer with a series of themed beer pairing lunches that bring the most authentic tastes of east, west and central Africa to Joburg. On Sat May 25, Africa Day, the museum hosts the Africa Day Festival with live music and a variety of traditional drinks and pan-African beers on sale.
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Expo Centre Johannesburg (Nasrec)

Cnr Rand Show Rd and Nasrec Rd, Nasrec
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