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Applications are now open for Fête de la Musique 2024

The French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) is excited to announce the launch of the application process for the highly anticipated 2024 edition of Fête de la Musique. Musicians, bands, singers, poets and DJs of all genres are invited to seize the opportunity to be part of this renowned festival.

Fête de la Musique, also known as World Music Day, has captivated audiences with its diverse musical offerings, encompassing jazz, soul, funk, rock, electro, reggae, classical, and more. Organized by the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) and coproduced by Bassline, this festival has graced Johannesburg for the past 13 years with the invaluable support of TotalEnergies Marketing South Africa.

Scheduled for the 22nd of June 2024 in Johannesburg at Victoria Yards, this year’s Fête de la Musique promises a full day of free, family-friendly concerts, creating a vibrant platform for emerging artists. The event embraces an array of musical genres, from traditional tunes to rap, hip-hop, techno, jazz, and beyond. Renowned artists such as Msaki, Samthing Soweto, Vaudou Game, Nakhane, and many others have contributed to the festival’s success over the years.

“We are particularly excited to widen the categories to include Slam Poetry this year. This will not only enrich our diverse lineup but also highlight the remarkable growth of the slam poetry scene in South Africa. This powerful form of self-expression has become a dynamic force, captivating audiences with its unique blend of spoken word, emotion, and social commentary” says Sophie Boulé, Cultural Attaché and Deputy Director of IFAS. 

Given the high volume of applications, there will be no audition. Instead, a panel of professionals, including Mamthug (BeatsByHer, South Africa), Sonya Mazumdar (EarthSync, India), Violet Maila (Music in Africa Foundation), Sakifo Talents (Reunion Island) and Mustapha Terki (Canada) will carefully review the tracks and applications. 

Selected artists will have the unique opportunity to participate in workshops around the festival date, led by industry professionals who will tailor sessions to meet the specific needs of the performers. Beyond offering a stage, the workshop aims to foster a sustainable and meaningful experience of knowledge-sharing and networking.

To be part of this musical celebration, interested musicians are invited to submit their applications by April 15th, 2024 or until we have received 300 entries. The application process involves sending a comprehensive pack including a bio, photos, technical rider, sound clips, videos, and press kit, along with the completed application form, which can be found at: www.linktr.ee/fete.de.la.musique.jhb

Submissions should be sent via WeTransfer to fetedelamusiquejoburg@gmail.com.

Successful applicants will be chosen based on the originality of their work, as well as their musical and stage performance qualities. Fête de la Musique 2024 is not only an opportunity for the public to discover new local talents but also a platform for artists to showcase their potential on stage.

Best of luck to all applicants as they embark on this exciting musical journey!