AFROBEAT MEETS SA HOUSE (DELE SOSIMI, BLACK MOTION & DJ KENT)

AFROBEAT MEETS SA HOUSE (DELE SOSIMI, BLACK MOTION & DJ KENT)

On 3 November 2017, the Music In Africa Foundation in partnership with Goethe-Institut, Siemens Stiftung, and the Keleketla Library will hold a public lecture and a performance of Nigerian Afrobeat and SA house music – two genres that continue to dominate Africa’s biggest music industries.

The event will take place at King Kong in Johannesburg and feature legendary Nigerian Afrobeat musician Dele Sosimi and multi-award winning South African dance duo Black Motion, and DJ Kent.

Sosimi will open the event with an informative and interactive lecture on Afrobeat, leading to eclectic live performances by Black Motion and DJ Kent.

Dele Sosimi

With an illustrious career spanning more than 30 years, Sosimi is undoubtedly one of the most prolific Nigerian musicians. He was part of Fela Kuti’s Egypt 80 band (1979–86) and later played with Fela’s son Femi Kuti between 1986 and 1994. His teachings on the genre have been well received internationally, notably in London where he is a visiting lecturer at the London Metropolitan University. In 2010, he was appointed Afrobeat music consultant for the London production of Fela! which was staged at the London National Theatre. He is also no stranger to South African house music fans – his song ‘Too Much Information’ was a hit here in 2016.

Black Motion

Known for their percussion-driven electronic dance music and spirited live performances, Black Motion will showcase SA house music and perform a few songs with Dele Sosimi. Formed in early 2010 by Robert Mahosana (DJ Murda) and percussionist Thabo ‘Smol’ Mabogwane, Black Motion quickly shot to fame with a string of hits that have made the outfit a household name across southern Africa.

DJ Kent

With more than a decade as a producer under his belt, DJ Kent is no stranger to the South African house audience. The award-winning artist is known for his solo album The Weekent which reached gold status in South Africa after its release in 2013. He is also considered to be highly influential on young DJs, earning him the nickname King Kent. Also a composer, the artist made waves with his single ‘Spin My World Around’ featuring The Arrows in 2013. His 2016 album Evolution X (10) has been described as an eclectic mix of unique styles accessible by a wide audience of listeners.

The event is free of charge. Please note that seats are limited. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to projects@musicinafrica.net by 25 October 2017.

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