FAK’UGESI BEATS PARTY, curated by Weheartbeat
See the festivals courage come to light at this festival finale Faku’gesi Beats Block Party on the 16th, which itself promises a riveting lineup of both local and international powerhouses along side games arcade, interactive artworks, projection mapping and lots lots more! The block party event hosts making activities, food trucks and bars. Parking is limited, please use uber or taxi.
Events will include the outcomes from Fak’ugesi Festival:
- Fak’ugesi Exhibition (till 6pm)
- Game Arcade and Indie Super Games by A MAZE Johannesburg
- Outcomes of ColabNowNow by ConnectZA
- Projection mapping by lighting artists Electrocaine from Port Louis, Mauritius brought to you by Canada 150
- Street installations by The Conversationists Riley Grant and Claire and Abigail Meekel
- Interventions by Wits Architecture students on the outcome of the Block by Block community urban design workshops.
- Painting W/Music by Yann Seznec and Cukia Kimani in partnership with the British Council ConnectZA.
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MASEGO: Trap House Jazz pioneer and multi-instrumentalist Masego is a breath of fresh air on the beats scene, with his effervescent spirit and rich vocals melding the sophistication and freedom of jazz with the sexy (sl)ease of trap. That’s why this 24-year-old saxophonist popping up on tracklists with GoldLink and Sango is becoming a true Renaissance man. He is also the leader of the Trap House Jazz Band full of the world’s best musicians and creatives. Links: https://masegomusic.com/ https://soundcloud.com/traphousejazz
MNDSGN: Raised on a steady diet of gospel and soul with samples of hip hop bouncing off his bedroom walls, Filipino-American MNDSGN’s otherworldly creations will make you a believer of the beat. After forming Klipmode Collective along with Knxwledge, Devonwho and Suzi Analogue, Stone’s Throw records saw the god in him, which brought the young producer and his flurry of uplifting sounds a fresh wave of new followers. Links: https://soundcloud.com/mndsgn https://www.stonesthrow.com/mndsgn
Joe Kay: Beats aficionado Joe Kay is a personification of the brand he co-created in the early 2000s– Soulection. Cherry-picking the finest tunes from around the globe and increasing their visibility tenfold via Soundcloud, social media, Beats 1 Radio and live events worldwide, only the next level grooves will make the cut… and you’ll hear it in every show. Links: https://soulection.com/ https://soundcloud.com/soulection
Evil Needle: Lauded for his versatility, precision and against the grain golden-era grooves, French producer Evil Needle is a Swiss-army knife of beat makers. Whatever the occasion, under starry dome or into smoke-laden dungeons, his textured tempos, electronic drills and musical weaponry are always right on the mark. Links: https://soundcloud.com/itsmeneedle http://www.evil-needle.com/
Hannah Faith: UK based muse Hannah Faith infuses her affinity for botanical beauty and visually vibrant tones in 70’s era drama with her striking DJ sets. Aiming to awaken the masses with her sonic imagery, she insists that beauty is everywhere, particularly in the eye of the beholder. Links: http://www.hannahfaith.co.uk/ https://soundcloud.com/hannahfai
MELODIESINFONIE: From birth, Boyoom Connective staple Melodiesinfonie has been on the path to beatmaking greatness. Taking timid first steps into the realm of musicianship while stumbling over piles records in his youth, this audiojunkie has made massive strides with his unmistakable flair for trailblazing soothing astral melodies, tender vocals and complex beats. Links: https://soundcloud.com/melodiesinfonie
Zaki Ibrahim: After a brief hiatus, electrosoul queen Zaki Ibrahim is returning to the fold and ready to resume her reign with a new album in the spring. With a powerful legacy behind her and an even greater talent propelling her from the inside, she continues to break new ground with her sonic gems. Links: https://soundcloud.com/zaki-leaks
Nonku Phiri: Electro-soul songstress Nonku Phiri’s future is blinding. With her grounded, earthy vocals, scattered across the globe on numerous features and campaigns including collars with Branko, Mr Carmack, Vigo and Puma, this year will see her release her highly anticipated EP through her own label, Albino Black, as she focuses on empowering other independent artists in the local arena. Links: https://soundcloud.com/nonkuphiri
DOOWAP: By day, the ever colourful British-South African Khetsiwe Morgan dabbles in fashion, sound and tastemaking with her 90s-inspired basspirations; by night you’ll find her breaking boundaries within gqom, hip hop, grime and trap as DJ Doowap. Adventurous and keen-spirited, this femmme-force’s live mixing capabilities are to be reckoned with, as well as inspired by. Links: https://soundcloud.com/djdoowap
Partners: Weheartbeat, Red Bull, British Council ConnectZA, Canada 150.
Audience: Anyone interested in digital creativity and digital storytelling from an African perspective.