Celebrate being African with Lira at the Bassline Fest 25 May 2024


Africa Day (formerly African Freedom Day and African Liberation Day) is the annual commemoration of the foundation of the Organization of African Unity on 25 May 1963.  It is celebrated in various countries on the African continent as well as around the world. The organization was transformed into the African Union on 9 July 2002, in Durban, South Africa, but the holiday continues to be celebrated on 25 May.

What does it mean to say I am African?

Being African can mean many different things, as the continent of Africa is home to a diverse population with a wide variety of cultures, languages and experiences. Being African is to share the continent’s history, victories, challenges, landscapes and vibrancies.

Who can forget This speech given by the former President of South Africa Thabo Mbeki‘s, delivered on the occasion of the adoption of South Africa’s democratic Constitution, and was inherent to the larger quest to (re)imagine South Africa and (South)Africanness and assert independent Black intellectual thought, and celebrates the South African (and African) people’s past, present, and future

Bassline Fest is honoured to be celebrating Africa Day with queen of Afro soul Lira on the 25th of May at Constitution Hill. This will be her first show with a full band, after two years recovering from a stroke to strength. Joining her will be Maleh from Lesotho, Tanzania’s Kadilida and her Producer Jay Mitta and Moroccan Rita Kamale, and the Dance Africa Stage hosting incredible DJ’s to keep one dancing all day and night.

Bassline Fest will start at 2pm till late. Tickets are R320 for adults & R100 for children under the age of 12.

Happy Africa Day” says Paige  Holmes, “Bassline Fest is welcoming everyone in the city to come celebrate with song, dance, food and fun. There will be an African artisanal market selling all manner of exquisitely created African food, arts  and craft, as well as bars and other food and drink stalls to choose from. “

Get your tickets here