Headlining the Fest this year are two of Nigeria’s Superstars Asa and Mr Eazi: Bassline Fest is set to raise the bar this year with exhilarating Artists showcasing African music, culture and diversity.
Asa is Nigerian but was born in Paris. She became an artist in Lagos, fueled on old-school Soul, and was signed by a French label. She’s clearly one of the most exciting artists to have emerged in the last decade. She’s highly in-demand by festivals across the world and radios (with taste!) are giving her a special place on their playlists. Asa entered the music scene in 2007 with her namesake album titled Asa with International hit songs such as ‘Jailer’, ‘Fire on the Mountain’ she has gone on to become synonymous with quality music set apart from the usual pop offerings her country is known for. Her other albums Beautiful Imperfection (2010) and Bed of Stone (2014) have, in different ways, shown the evolution of an artist confident in her ability to deliver emotionally charged performances. Her songwriting and storytelling are just as excellent and her show at Bassline Fest is not to be missed.
Oluwatosin Oluwole Ajibade (born 20 July 1991), better known by his stage name Mr Eazi, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur. He is the pioneer of Banku music, a fusion sound he describes as a mixture of Ghanaian highlife and Nigerian chord progressions and patterns. He showed interest in music after recording a guest verse on “My Life”, a song that gained traction and became a popular record at KNUST. Mr Eazi released his debut mixtape, About to Blow, in July 2013. He gained an international audience following the release of the 2015 single “Skin Tight”. His second mixtape, Life Is Eazi, Vol. 1 – Accra To Lagos, was released on 10 February 2017. In March 2018, several outlets reported that Mr Eazi signed a record deal with Diplo’s label Mad Decent. Mr Eazi signed a licensing deal with Universal Africa, a subsidiary of Universal Music Group. Mr Eazi is currently one of the hottest artists from the Continent and will be bringing that heat to Bassline Fest.
BUHLEBENDALO (from The Soil) (South Africa)
DOBET GNAHORE (Ivory Coast)
BLINKY BILL (Kenya)
TRC (South Africa) Standard Bank Jazz Artist of the year Mandla Mlangeni’s jazz band
MAIA & THE BIG SKY (Kenya)
SOBANTWANA (South Africa)
Festivals represented by the IGODA circuit include Azgo Festival – Mozambique, MTN Bushfire – Swaziland, Zakifo Festival – Durban, South Africa, Sakifo Festival – Reunion Island. Festival-goers will experience musical journey’s from Africa and her melting pot of vibrancy.
Under a 25-year celebratory theme, the Bassline fest will not only celebrate Africa day, but a milestone 25 years of democracy in South Africa.
BASSLINE FEST forms part of the Johannesburg leg of the IGODA Festival Circuit. IGODA, meaning ‘knot’ or ‘bind together’ in Zulu, is a unique and innovative concept that brings together the finest music festivals within Southern Africa to create one of the strongest touring circuits on the African continent.