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Boiler Room x Ballantine’s True Music Africa: 2 Days of Performances and Panel Discussions

The grand finale of True Music Africa will take place in Joburg in June.

Johannesburg will be the last stop for Boiler Room x Ballantine's True Music Africa, a four-city tour that unearths pioneering talent and their stories of hustling through the underground music scene to do it for themselves. The last three cities the tour has been to are Cape Town (South Africa), Douala (Cameroon) and Nairobi (Kenya).


The 2-day event will take place on the 20th and 21st of June.

The first day will consist of two panel discussions. Grace Ladoja, who is Skepta's manager, will kick off proceedings with a keynote discussion.

The two panel discussions on Day 1 will be:

1. Tech and culture

A discussion on how the digital age is helping Africa's creatives to innovate. On the panel will be: Kenyan True Music artist, Muthoni Drummer Queen, Phenda Kuta (founder of youth culture magazine, Unlabelled) and Sabelo Mkhabela (South Africa staff writer for OkayAfrica).

2. Club Culture in Africa

A discussion on how the evolving club cultures and new genres are challenging the typical venue set-up. The panel will include the journalist Boni Mnisi (This is What Makes Us Girls), Johannesburg based DJ, Doowap (YFM), Kenny Nzama (aka DJ Kenzhero) and Theresho Selesho (Matchbox Live CEO).

DJ Doowap and the Tembisa-based dance crew, Indigenous Dance Academy will also perform on the day.

On the 21st of June, dance music artist such as DJ Maphorisa, Moonchild Sanelly, Da Capo, Uncle Partytime and Symatics will perform.

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Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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