Johannesburg - The live music experience is something music lovers have missed the most throughout the lockdown.
Now that the scene is starting to open up, events are catering to a more authentic experience for attendees.
With public performances slowly gaining momentum and coming back to life, it was only fitting for the much loved Bassline Live series to be revived with a bang.
Since 1994, Bassline has brought fans closer to the music through live performances from their favourite singers including icons and new trendsetters. For this Africa Month, Bassline is paying respects to young talent that has taken over the airwaves with their unique sounds.
A three-concert series featuring Ami Faku, Msaki and Zoë Modiga will be staged at Gold Reef City’s The Lyric Theatre from this coming Saturday.
“We haven’t had this opportunity for a while and for me it’s just to sort of find my sense in the sound again and to make space for some kind of improvisation as well,” said singer and songwriter Msaki, who will headline the May 15 performance.
The Ubomi Abumanga singer said she was looking forward to playing with her full band once again. “I am already doing some arrangements for cello and voice which I am quite excited about. It will be a show with many different colours from singer-songwriter stuff with the guitar and a little bit more as well. I will be finding myself in the sound again and connecting with the band again.”
Msaki added that she was excited to see how everyone in the band had grown and how it will show in the music. Also performing will be continental artist Moonga K.
Brad Holmes, of Bassline Live, said he was excited to once again be doing what they love so much. “Live, quality, original and proudly African music is what we do. With the focus of this three-concert series being development of the music industry and employment, Bassline has handpicked artists who are seriously on the rise…” he said.
Msaki has kept herself busy throughout the lockdown working on her album and doing production jobs.
“I have also been working on sound design for movies and documentaries. I’m a songwriter so I am always working on a project that needs me to write specific songs for that project. I also launched the release side of ALT BLK Continua.”
Earlier this year, Msaki was also part of the group of people who helped traditional music icon Madosini re-release her music.
Holmes added that the concerts would be keeping in line with Bassline’s long-standing relationships and shows with South African divas. “From Miriam Makeba, Dolly Rathebe, Thandie Klaasen, Busi Mhlongo, Simphiwe Dana, Lira, Thandiswa Mazwai to the recently late Sibongile Khumalo, who have all graced our stages… Bassline will be continuing its support for our divas by headlining three female songbirds…”
The concerts will be held on May 8, 15 and 22. Tickets via Computicket at R200-R400.