It is with great excitement that we see Boiler Room announcing their return to Cape Town later this month, after 2015’s amazing forays into Jozi.
After the debut SA trip in Cape Town in 2013 – as a partnership with CTEMF and Red Bull Music Academy – which featured Black Coffee, Nozinja and Sibot, last year saw a few major Boiler Room sessions in SA.
Three happened in March, one as part of the global Ballantine Stay True series, featuring Black Coffee, Culoe De Song, Black Motion and more, with a fantastic collab with KOOL OUT in the lead up to it, featuring Christian Tiger School, Boyzn Buckz, DJ Switch, amongst others. It was followed by a session in collaboration with Black Major, featuring Aero Manyelo, DJ Spoko x Mujava, Felix Laband and others.
The second trip out to SA last year for the G-Star Raw Sessions in Jozi saw break-out Gqom King DJ Lag lay out a masterclass in the way only he can, Boyzn Bucks again, solo soulful electronica performer Nonku Phiri and Themba Lunacy.
It’s safe to say that Boiler Room’s programmers – among them a devoted advocate of the SA music landscape at Boiler Room, Skinny Macho – know what they’re doing, tapping into the right vibrations and undercurrents to know what’s strong.
Last night, they announced two massive showcases happening in Cape Town. The first is the #CapeTownAllStars happening 21 March and the second is the followup Stay True Journey on the 24th.
This line-up is a sampling of some of the most exciting and skilled performers of electronic sounds in the city, and includes the massively exciting NON Records co-founder and activist/soundscape artist Angel-Ho, who expertly filled a late opening in 2016’s CTEMF line-up alongside hip hop artist Dope Saint Jude.
The line-up also features a recently-solo lush-techno-infused gorgeous performance by Fever Trails (who is currently on tour with Quit Safari label-mates and Rival Consoles in Durban and Jozi).
Card On Spokes, the jazz and bass wizard behind last year’s Sunwalker EP, who has just returned from a tour in Europe – along with White Nite, Jakobsnake, Jumping Back Slash – complete this tremendous line-up. Get involved here.
Ballantine’s Stay True Journey to Cape Town
The second BR event in March features house stars Henrik Schwarz – the German sound designer, composer and house veteran, NYC’s Fred P, and Germany’s Move D. We’re most excited about the local acts, including Jazzuelle who blends South Africa’s inimitably widespread love of house and his global tastes, and who has played at Glasto and Sonar, as well as the best of SA’s stages. The recently launched labelmates of Stay True Sounds (no direct link to the title of the show), Kid Fonque and Jullian Gomes will be launching each other into the groove back-to-back. The line-up is rounded out with DJ Fosta, a passionate ambassador of Bridges For Music and a recent legend of electronic music in Cape Town’s diversifying house scene. All details for that one are here.