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Salif Keita, Black Mambazo headline electric show at ConHill Africa Day concert

For 14 years, the Bassline Fest been a platform to celebrate African vibrancy, dynamism, and globalism through music.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo at the Bassline Fest on 26 May 2018. Picture: Lungelo Matangira/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - A cool Joburg Saturday evening provided the ideal atmosphere for lovers of all things African to indulge themselves in food and authentic music at the Bassline Africa Day Fest at Constitution Hill.

For 14 years, the Bassline Fest has been a platform to celebrate African vibrancy, dynamism and globalism through music.

The event took place over three days where a dialogue was held on Friday 25 May, followed by the main concert on Saturday and a laid-back family day-style jazz event on Sunday.

Festival-goers - young and old from diverse cultures - came out in their numbers on Friday to shop various African items and food from vendors. The highlight of the day was live music.

Globally renowned acts Salif Keita and Ladysmith Black Mambazo headlined performances, starting off their sets with a few newer songs and ending on a high with classic favourites such as Africa, Diamonds on The Soles of her Feet and Homeless, much to the satisfaction of their fans.

Despite being unwell, Keita, who hails from Mali and mostly sings in French, showed up and gave his best at the show. Black Mambazo, fresh from a world tour on the back of their Grammy win earlier this year, left the crowd wanting more after putting on a show that showed why they have won four Grammys since the 1980s.

Setting the stage for the main acts were another South African legend Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse, whose contagious energy got the crowd dancing; Nakhane, whose star is shining brighter locally and abroad; DJ Doowap; Nigeria's Yemi Alade, who did a duet with Black Mambazo just before the group's act; Ghorwane from Mozambique; Femi Koya from Nigeria; Guinea's Sekou Kouyate and Dub Inc who rounded things off for the evening.

 Sipho Hotstix Mabuse at the Bassline Fest 26 May, 2018. Picture: Lungelo Matangira/EWN