BCUC, Urban Village, Brenda Mtambo and Aza headline the Fête de la Musique





BCUC, Urban Village, Brenda Mtambo and Aza headline the Fête de la Musique

The French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) is once again partnering with TotalEnergies Marketing South Africa and Newtown Junction to bring back the Fête de la Musique (FDLM) for its 11th edition with a program that will keep you warm this winter.

Urban Village will be performing at the Fête De La Musique. Picture: Provided.

JOHANNESBURG – “I want audiences to experience memorable sound healing, a sense of being proud and free, connecting to their identity, spirituality and above all self-love through my music,” Azah told Eyewitness News.

The French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) is once again partnering with TotalEnergies Marketing South Africa and Newtown Junction to bring back the Fête de la Musique (FDLM) for its 11th edition with a program that will keep you warm this winter.

Eyewitness News spoke with festival headliners BCUC, Urban Village, Brenda Mtambo and Azah ahead of Fête de la Musique on June 18, 2022.

“What we want them to remember is to live by passion, to do what we love, what we do. Our performances are acts of passion and bring home the synergy, the transfer good and positive energy and vibes,” said Urban Village.

Taking place simultaneously in four different venues around Johannesburg and Soweto on June 18, this free-for-all music festival is in full swing after two years of COVID-related disruptions, aiming to amplify the power of live music and take the city by storm. with unique sounds and celebrations.

“We would like people to remember how it felt when the music met their mind, body and soul,” BCUC said.

The explosive Afro-Psychedelic group returns to the stage at the Fête de la Musique before heading to Paris to launch their European tour.

BCUC and France have developed a strong bond over the years, with BCUC first performing at the Fête de la Musique in 2015 in Johannesburg as the winner of the bid, then performing at the Festival Transmusicales in Rennes, France in late 2016.

“It wasn’t even something we had to think twice about. We always thought of ourselves as a French band based in South Africa. France has been so good to us – from our show at Trans Musicales, the whole country embraced us and became our home, so we really didn’t need any convincing for this one,” BCUC said of returning for another Fête de la Musique performance.

As part of the Institut français’ vision to empower diverse musical talent, the headliners will be joined by the festival’s call for entries, the names of which will be announced shortly. This, organizers said, would allow a new generation of artists to share the spotlight during the festival and make live music accessible to all.

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“Once again, the Fête de la Musique promises to be an event that brings the magic of France with an authentic South African vibe. After two years of COVID-19, this will be an opportunity to be together, surrounded by incredible performances in unique locations to enjoy everything that makes the Fête de la Musique famous,” said Aurélien Lechevallier, ambassador of France in South Africa.

Urban Village will be back on stage at the Fête de la Musique, having just returned from a tour in France. Returning for the third time, this Afro-folk act will also headline the festival with an exciting infusion of Zulu rock, Xhosa funk, mbaqanga and maskandi into their repertoire.

“Well, first and foremost we are fans of what the festival stands for in making music free for all. been fans of what she has been doing for the past few years, even in her early days as a street carnival on the streets of Melville.. This is also in good faith with IFAS – French Institute of South Africa – as they played a central role in helping us with our recent French tour,” said Urban Village as they returned to the festival stage.

Urban Village has made great strides in illuminating the black experience through music.

Brenda Mtambo is another headliner. She is new to the Fête de la Musique but not to the South African music scene with her magnetic afro-soul work and heartfelt performances.

“I agreed to perform mainly because of the insiders it brings, the cultural exchange it offers and the new market it will offer me. I love the whole initiative and have wanted to do this for so long. The exposure is phenomenal,” Mtambo said.

Mtambo has done backing vocals for a host of South Africans including Hugh Masekela, Sibongile Khumalo, Judith Sephuma, Lira, Thandiswa Mazwai and Jonas Gwangwa. She was also part of the Joyous Celebration gospel ensemble.

“I want to leave the audience with hope, the past two years have been heavy on a lot of people and hope is what we all need. My shows are that renewed hope and ignite the fire of heritage trainees and who we are as a nation,” said Brenda Mtambo.

Award-winning multi-instrumentalist and composer Azah will use his musical range and diversity as a tool to spread love and awareness among his audience.

“My musical journey gave me the opportunity to explore the world and many cultures but with it I also learned patience through the many difficult and sometimes uncertain upheavals, in all of this I resolved to remain the true embodiment of my calling,” Azah said when asked about his journey as an artist.

Azah’s first album Batswadi involves musicians from across the continent and highlights shared histories, cultures, struggles and spiritual traditions.

“I strongly believe that it is the mandate of art to reflect the times, to bring healing and to underscore optimism in these existential times of difficult economic inequality and degradation, so there will always be a need to realign our frequencies to the music, connect to mother earth and to ourselves”, concluded Azah, who will be one of the headliners of the Fête de la Musique.

The free-for-all festival will take place simultaneously in 4 different venues around Johannesburg and Soweto on June 18, namely Newtown Junction, Victoria Yards, Alliance Française and Native Rebels in Soweto, to increase the accessibility of the event with a wide range of locations. to choose.