Start 2018 with a bang

Lo­cal rev­ellers will be spoiled for choice at the week­end with jam packed New Year’s Eve cel­e­bra­tions

The New Age (Gauteng) - - NEWS - TANKISO KOMANE tankisok@the­newage.co.za

WITH an ex­cit­ing line­up of some of the world’s renowned acts such as Amer­ica’s much loved hip hop DJ, rap­per and pro­ducer Co­coa Chanelle, award­winning Bri­tish singer­song­writer Laura Mvula and Mzansi’s very own Black Cof­fee, lo­cal rev­ellers will be spoiled for choice with jam packed New Year’s Eve cel­e­bra­tions to help them usher in the new year with a bang.

Set to ri­val all other cel­e­bra­tions, Jo­han­nes­burg’s rep­u­ta­tion for qui­eten­ing down over the fes­tive sea­son will end when lo­cal and global mu­sic fans de­scend on Con­sti­tu­tion Hill for the most mem­o­rable year end party ever, the first ever AfroP­unk Joburg.

Kwaito leg­end Thebe, who’s been rock­ing South Africa’s dance floors since the early 1990s, will be joined by the ma­jor SA mu­sic force, DJ Cleo, Dur­ban Gqom crew Rude­boyz fea­tur­ing this year’s break­out star Sho Mad­jozi and NY­based Ghana­ian artist JoJo Abot.

Also added to the bill are the ex­cit­ing new artists who won the re­cently held AfroP­unk Bat­tle of the Bands, Am­pli­fied by Hunter’s Edge fi­nal – fu­ture kwaito cre­ators Stiff Pap and kasi rock act Au­to­matic Live.

They will join An­der­son Paadk and The Free Na­tion­als, King Tha Vs Blk Jks, Petite Noir, Blitz The Am­bas­sador, Laura Mvula, Black Mo­tion, Theo Par­rish, The Brother Moves On, Nakhane, Spoek Mathambo, OKZharp and Man­the Ribane, Nonku Phiri, Gods Sons and Daugh­ters, DJ Lag, DJ Doowap, DJ Ken­zhero, Kid Fonque and Ur­ban Vil­lage.

House and ur­ban mu­sic lovers will be treated to an evening of un­par­al­leled party spirit from none other than the world fa­mous DJ Co­coa Chanelle, who’s among the head­lin­ing acts at Time Square, South Africa’s NYE Block Party on Sun­day.

Listed in Vibe Magazine as one of the top 17 DJs in the US, the Hot 97 and Kiss FM DJ is one of three in­ter­na­tional mix mas­ters on the bill for the party which also in­cludes top 10 SA DJs such as Black Cof­fee, Eu­phonik, Kent, Vin Dey­sel, Dino Bravo, Ready D, Jazzy D, Black Mo­tion and Ralf Gum.

Fash­ioned along the lines of the world’s big­gest New Year’s par­ties, the Time Square’s party will be an au­dio­vi­sual spec­tac­u­lar of epic pro­por­tions in the newly launched Sun Arena. The rag­ing party kicks off at 4pm on Sun­day and will take rev­ellers well past dawn on the first day of 2018. Tick­ets are avail­able at Com­puticket and are priced from R390.

Thou­sands of peo­ple are ex­pected to at­tend the Last Dance con­cert in Richards Bay on NYE. Hosted by the uMh­lathuze mu­nic­i­pal­ity and the KZN depart­ment of eco­nomic devel­op­ment, tourism and en­vi­ron­men­tal af­fairs, the event pulled in more than 10 000 spec­ta­tors last year. Head­lin­ers for the all night con­cert in­clude Oskido, Dj Tira, MiCasa, Babes Wo­dumo and Amanda Black among oth­ers.

Eco­nomic devel­op­ment, tourism and en­vi­ron­men­tal af­fairs MEC Sihle Sikalala said: “The event is a crowd puller and is good for tourism as those who find them­selves in the area of Richards Bay will have some­where to go. The event has made those who didn’t know Richards Bay ex­isted know about it.”

The city of Tsh­wane will mark the end of the year in spec­tac­u­lar style again with its an­nual free NYE count­down at the Cale­do­nian sta­dium. Bring­ing com­mu­ni­ties to­gether to give thanks for the sup­port they have given the city’s lead­er­ship, vis­i­tors can look for­ward to broad live en­ter­tain­ment from the likes of Dr Malinga, Black Mo­tion, DJ Mapho­risa, Kwesta and many more artists.

STAR: Laura Mvula will per­form at the fes­ti­val. GOOD TO GO: MEC Le­bo­gang Maile with AfroP­unk co­founder Matthew Mor­gan and Con­sti­tu­tional Hill CEO Dawn Robert­son on site for the first ever AfroP­unk fes­ti­val to hit the city this week­end.

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