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Rouge at last year's Back To The City. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Here’s The Full Lineup for Back To The City, South Africa’s Biggest Hip-Hop Festival

This year's Back To The City festival lineup is out.

The biggest South African annual hip-hop and street culture festival, Back To The City is taking place in Newtown, Joburg on the 27th of April, the country's Freedom Day.

The organizers just released this year's lineup, and as usual, it's diverse, combining both up-and-coming and established artists, and both old and new school.


The likes of Cassper Nyovest, Stogie T, YoungstaCPT, A-Reece, Ginger Trill, Otarel and a lot more will be taking to the stage come the 27th. Legendary kwaito group Boom Shaka will also be performing on the day, as part of the Heritage feature the festival organizers introduced two years ago to celebrate pioneers.

Back To The City has been going since 2007, when it attracted 3500 attendants. In 2017, there were 25000 hip-hop heads in attendance.

The festival has become the mecca of South African hip-hop lovers, as it celebrates all elements of the artform—MCing, DJing, breakdancing and graffiti.

The festival now also hosts golden era US rappers alongside the country's finest. In the past few years, the likes of Jeru The Damaja, Pharoahe Monch, Elzhi, EMC and a few more have performed on the festival's main stage.

View the full lineup below, and buy tickets here.

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Influential Louis Vuitton And Off-White Designer Virgin Abloh, Dies at 41

The popular Ghanian-American designer had been battling a rare form of cancer in private for several years.

The fashion industry has lost a talented, unique, and boundary-pushing influence this weekend.

41-year-old Ghanianian-American designer Virgil Abloh has died after a 2 year battle with a rare form of cancer, a statement from his associates LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton said on Sunday. Abloh, founder of luxury streetwear brand Off-White, and artistic director of men's wear at French fashion house Louis Vuitton leaves his wife Shannon, and 2 children - Lowe and Grey. Chairman and CEO of LVMH Bernard Arnault said in a statement, "We are all shocked after this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom." "The LVMH family joins me in this moment of great sorrow, and we are all thinking of his loved ones after the passing of their husband, their father, their brother, or their friend," he added.

After the news broke on Sunday, Abloh started trending on Twitter, with fans of the designer remembering his influence on music, art, and fashion. The 1990s saw Abloh DJ and the creative director once told The Guardian in a 2016 interview, "When the phone is off, I play my favorite songs really loud for myself, and I'm not talking to anyone. I'm not managing anything. It's just like a time when I can listen to music… I'll be DJing after I'm done designing or doing anything else." Virgil got his hands into designing album artworks after strumming up a friendship with American rapper Kanye West before becoming the creative director of West's DONDA Creative House. More recently known for his creative streetwear brand 'Off-White' the designer became popular among fashion-conscious youngsters and will forever be immortalized.

A statement posted to Abloh's Instagram explained that "Virgil chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art, and culture"

Friends, fans, and colleagues took to social media to share their well-wishes for Virgil as he transitions to his next destination.



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