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Young Fathers Are Headed To Johannesburg & Cape Town This Month

Young Fathers are headed to South Africa for a 2-city tour with Mashayabhuqe KaMamba, Card On Spokes, Okmalumkoolkat, Zaki Ibrahim and more.


In January we broke the news that Young Fathers would be bringing their apocalyptic pop to South Africa for a two-city tour hosted by SA beats platform Weheartbeat and Cape Town’s Assembly Radio, in partnership with the British Council Connect ZA and Okayafrica. The Mercury Prize-winning Scottish / Liberian / Nigerian trio are indeed coming at the end of the month, and they'll be joined by some of our favorite South African artists. First, on 27 February they'll hit King Kong in Johannesburg with Card On Spokes, Okmalumkoolkat, BIG FKN GUN, 'Digital Maskandi' mastermind Mashayabhuqe KaMamba, A Million Things, Just Themba, and Symatics. Next, on 28 February they'll head to the Assembly in Cape Town with Card On Spokes, Zaki Ibrahim ft. Mr Sakitumi, Fever Trails, Mashayabhuqe KaMamba, JakobSnake, Desert_head (aka Luc Vermeer from Christian Tiger School) and Symatics. The Johannesburg show will stream live right here on Okayafrica, and the Cape Town show will stream live on Assembly Radio (more details on both to come).

There's also a pair of meet & greets with Young Fathers set to take place in Johannesburg (26 February at Live SA) and Cape Town (2 March at Yours Truly). For more on Young Fathers, listen to their stunning new single, "Rain Or Shine," the first off their just announced sophomore LP, White Men Are Black Men Too.

Edinburgh DIY R&B/alt-rap artist (and Young Fathers affiliate) LAW will also be joining the trio in South Africa. She'll be doing a set of her own at the Red Bull Corner to Corner on Thursday, 26 February, in Johannesburg. She'll also be joining SA artists in studio with Young Fathers during their tour.

Young Fathers Live In Johannesburg

Friday, 27 February

King Kong (6 Verwey Street)

Lineup: Young Fathers, Card On Spokes, Mashayabhuqe KaMamba, Okmalumkoolkat, A Million Things, Just Themba, Symatics

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Young Fathers Live In Cape Town

Saturday, 28 February

The Assembly (61 Harrington Street)

Lineup: Young Fathers, Symatics, Fever Trails, Card On Spokes, Zaki Ibrahim ft. Mr Sakitumi, Mashayabhuqe KaMamba, JakobSnake, Desert_head

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Johannesburg Meet & Greet With Young Fathers

Thursday, 26 February

Live SA (4th Floor, 73 Juta Street, Braamfontein)

18h30 - 20h30

Cape Town Meet & Greet With Young Fathers

Monday, 2 March

Yours Truly 73 Kloof Street, CT CBD

18h00 - 21h00

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