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Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival Announce Bloc Party

Phase 1 acts announced for Fak’ugesi Beats Bloc Party 2017.

7 Aug 2017 / Press Release / written by TATC Staff

Today Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival 2017 released a vast 10 day programme that will unfold at the Tshimologong Innovation Precinct in Braamfontein between the 6th and 16th of September 2017.

As part of the 2017 programme, the festival also revealed an exciting new curatorial partnership with WeHeartBeat titled FAK’UGESI BEATS which focused on the intersection of music production, performance and technology through workshops, panel talks and the festival’s finale event Fak’ugesi Beats Bloc Party on 16th September which boasts interactive arts and projections and a riveting lineup of both local and international powerhouses such as trap-jazz trailblazer Masego, Soulection founder Joe Kay, Stonesthrow beatmaker MNDSGN, European producers Melodiesinfonie and Evil Needle, Britain’s Hannah Faith and local luminaries Petite Noir, Nonku Phiri and Zaki Ibrahim.

A digital showcase of massive proportions and the only one of its kind on the continent, the Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival highlights the importance of the cross-over between culture, creativity and technology in Africa. With its prime focus on the continent’s novel cultures, entrepreneurs within the digital realm, the Fak’ugesi Festival is now in its fourth successful year using 2017 to focus on unearthing some of Africa’s bravest diamonds in the rough.

Data and dreams coalesce in a myriad of workshops, showcases, conferences and collaborative works for 10 awe-inspiring days in the city’s innovation district, as attendees make the journey from all over the SADC region. Founded by Prof. Christo Doherty and Tegan Bristow from Wits Digital Arts, alongside the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) and Tshimologong Precinct at Wits University, the moniker comes from the Zulu phrase “to add power” or to “turn on the electricity.” By adding a potent new element to the festival’s musical offering and joining forces with cut-cue-and-cover culturalists, Weheartbeat the team aims to do just that.