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If the running of my Cape Town World Music Festival competition taught me anything, it’s that there are some people out there who are incredibly passionate about the musicians who are performing at City Hall this weekend. However, because this isn’t your stereotypically commercial line-up I decided to take the liberty of highlighting 5 acts playing at this weekend’s festival that you would be a full on fool to miss.
Vieux Farka Toure (Friday 20:00 Main Stage)
Often referred to as “the Hendrix of the Sahara” Toure is the son of Grammy Award winning musician Ali Farka Toure. Despite being based in Mali, you may recognise his name as he was a performer at the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Toure’s love for his country is explicitly expressed through his lyrics and intricate pickings and is a fitting headline for the weekend.
Okmalumkoolkat (Friday 23:30 Electronic Stage)
There’s something characteristically “kool” about this hip hopper. His laid back, seeming lackadaisical way of rapping makes it look and sound effortless. Whether it’s with Dirty Paraffin, collaborations with other artists or his solo projects, this man’s just winning hearts all over the place. Remember that when you’re watching him, you’re witnessing SA music history in the making.
The Brother Moves On (Friday 00:30 Main Stage)
There’s actually nothing that I can say that’s going to prepare you for the sheer brilliance and insanity of this act. It’s performance art at its tallest order – an amalgamation of progressive sights and sounds with lengthily song structures and arrangements . A right ol’ attack on your senses.
Guy Buttery (Saturday 17:00 Seated Stage)
Fresh off winning a SAMA Award for his “Live in Kwazulu” album, this long-haired bespectacled artist will command your attention at the Seated Stage because he plays like this.
Thandiswa Mazwai (Saturday 00:00 Thandiswa Mazwai Main Stage)
From funk to jazz to house to soul, this woman has done it all, having become a household name as the lead vocalist of Bongo Maffin (one of the bands that spearheaded Kwaito). This woman is a legend having shared the stage with musical greats like Paul Simon, Hugh Masekela and the late Busi Mhlongo. If you see me during her set, I’ll probably be crying like a small child.
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