For the fourth instalment of the True Music Africa tour, we’re tuning our ears to the cosmical four-to-the-floor beats coming out of Johannesburg and turning our cameras to the city’s hottest original music-makers and broadcasting their DIY sound to the world.

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20 Jun 2018 - 21 Jun 2018



It’s by no fluke that Johannesburg is one of planet’s EDM and house music centres. Step out into the streets and you’ll instantly be enveloped by a deep, soulful kind of beat blasting out from taxis and street-side stalls to the high-end bars and restaurants. In short music is everywhere in Joburg. There’s no escaping from it, but when the local music scene is so vibrant, why would you want to?

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Meet the rising stars of Johannesburg’s underground scene in the next part of our True Music Africa documentary series with Boiler Room. Get familiar with the sounds and stories of what it takes to stay true and thrive in the City of Gold from the likes of Symatics, Moonchild Sanelly, and Uncle Partytime.

The House music Joburg built is a unique cut-up style that falls outside definitive boxes and categories, with influences from all corners of the continent and beyond. Along with Boiler Room, we’ll be shining a light on the emerging music scene fuelled by a digital revolution taking over the soundwaves. Expect a show full of over-amped, electro mixes full of raw afrocentric sounds. Delicious.


Kicking off the two-day celebration will be a Boiler Room x Ballantine’s True Music Forum, an evening of talks starting with a conversation between Grace LaDoja- Skepta’s well respected manager and recent receiver of an MBE for services to music- and local music journalist Helen Herimbi who has graced the pages of Rolling Stone South Africa, GQ, ARISE and the New Age. The pair will be covering Africa’s place in global creative influence and the DIY mentality that has infiltrated the new generation of music makers and hustlers from the continent.

We’ll also be partnering with OkayAfrica to spotlight South Africa, Kenya, and Cameroon for a conversation covering the Digital Transformation which has acted as a catalyst for young creatives, helping them to create new platforms for their art. We’ll be hearing from the likes of Jepchumba (one of Forbes 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa 2012 and The Guardian Africa’s Top 25 Women Achievers) as well as True Music Kenya alumni Muthoni Drummer Queen plus, founder of creative and digital magazine Unlabelled, Phendu Kuta.

Our last panel conversation we’ll be focussing on a deep dive into the impact of Club Culture on the Birth of New Genres and features Boni Minsi (from This is What Makes us Girls fame), Theresho Selesho (Oppikoppi festival), South African hip hop DJ Kenzhero and underground top tip DJ Doowap.

An evening full of dance-floor shaking live performances and DJ sets wrapped up this special True Music Africa double bill. The main stage action included a whole host of home-grown heroes of gqom and house music artists, proudly showing the world that the beat of Johanessburg is banging harder than ever before. Check them out below: