It’s onwards and upwards as we continue on the True Music Africa journey. Last December, we headed to the subtropical Highveld metropolis that is Pretoria, South Africa, to showcase the hotbed of talent coming out of Capital City.

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5 Dec 2018




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South Africa is still the beating heart of the global house music scene. In a country with a long, complex history, music has long been a nuanced yet impactful form of expression. Shaped by decades of tremulous social changes in a struggle to overcome the brutality of apartheid, the musical lineage of house music is rife with political action. Beyond opportunities for individual success, the democratising power of South African house music has impacted a whole new generation of artists and sounds, that continue to garner global recognition.

It comes as no surprise to house-heads out there that South Africa is a major player in the global music scene. Traditionally, the east coast of the country is where the more innovative music styles were birthed and grew to be international phenomena's. Think Gqom and Kwaito, distinctly South African styles evolving from the more traditional deep-house beat patterns.

But international DJ’s have been coming to this goldmine of four-to-the-floor beats since the 90’s and the influence of local heroes and Ballantine’s True Music alumni, Black Motion, DJ Spoko, DJ Maphorosa, and Black coffee remain strong as ever. In Pretoria, House is king, and Ballantine’s x Boiler Room True Music Africa is here for it.

Our party on the 5th December features the whole spectrum of local talent such as s Oskido, co-founder of seminal label Kalawa Jazmee and a key member of Kwaito crew Brothers Of Peace, through to Pretoria’s deep house underground king Kat La Kat, Maphorisa’s protege and Gqom maestro DJ Raybel, Pretoria's deep house queen Lamiez Holworthy and Amapiano stars JD Monate & Mapentane are all bringing energetic anthems and spinning the hottest rhythms all night long. Lock it down in your calendars and get ready to move. This is not a show to miss.