FROM the tiny are known as Sophiatown came a community and people without equal. Eclectic and colourful, vibrant and energetic, Sophiatown was a multi-racial melting pot of characters giving rise to a rich pool of creative talent.
Now, the Hansa Festival of the Legends invites you to step back in the time that electrifying musical era of the 1940s and the 1950s on Saturday, March 23. Experience South Africa’s dynamic jazz, blues, marabi and kwela jive legacy from inside the Festival’ special Legends Tribute Launge at live music venue, the Baseline in Newtown, Jozi.
For evening, the venue will be transformed to represent the mood and ambiance of the era, and guests will be entertained by artists such as Lilly Million, Lulo Café, Nothenda, The Muffinz, Dj Mphoza and DJ Kenhero performing their own music as well as tributes to the music of that time.
Discussing what music fans can expect, urban soul singer Nothemmba Madumo said: “The energy around the entire Hansa Festival of Legends is good. The artists are excited and we hope the public is too.”
Lilly Million agreed: “Who would not want to be part of that awesome event? I’m very honoured to be included in this.”
But the Legends Tribute Lounge represents only one part of the 10-hour festival which will take place throughout the Newtown precinct, and which aims to cater for all ages and popular music tastes too. Some of the other artists who will be performing during the course of the evening include Teargas, Zakes Bantwini, Mdu, Arthur, Professor, Kelly Khumalo and DJ C-Live, Oskido and Dimplez.
Hansa general manager Khensani Nobanda has a message for younger music lovers: “The Newtown precinct will be filled with non-stop action and all popular music genres. Concert goers can see over 40 of the funkiest musicians playing hip hop, kwaito, afro-pop, and house beats.
“Visit any of the three tribute launges, enjoy a meal at Newtown pavement café or artisan food market, and relax at the open air garden with the beer that has the special ingredients.”
“Running from 2pm until midnight, the evening will be hosted by popular DJs Anele and Bob Mabena over three specially erected stages.”
Tickets cost R150 at computickets.