The free four-hour Blooming Sounds from Joburg livestream happens on Saturday 26 September 2020 on

The six artists were chosen by a jury consisting of Josh Georgio from the Hugh Masekela Foundation, Andrew Poane from Bassline and Selen Daver from IFAS, as well as Jerome Galabert from the Sakifo Festival in Reunion Island and Katiso K. Matabola from Kaya FM. The chosen six will form the opening performances for headline acts Zoë Modiga (Inganekwane) and Stogie T (The Empire of Sheep).

Hear Manu Worldstar at Blooming Sounds from Joburg
Manu Worldstar

Highly original

“I was struck by the quality of the music sent by the applicants, and I am very proud to say that each of the six selected acts will present a highly original and powerful sound to our audiences,” says Selen Daver, Cultural Attachée at the French Institute of South Africa.

The broadcast takes place from Constitution Hill from 4pm to 8pm.

The six chosen artists stood out because they were distinctive and delivered strong vocal performances. “They all have a fresh sound and seem to be really paying attention to their craft. They seem to be trying something daring and original with their music,” says member of the jury Josh Georgio.

Blooming Sounds from Joburg line-up

Witney – a vocalist, songwriter, model, actress, aspiring producer and DJ, whose powerful lyrics are carried by her eclectic voice and soul-inspired sound
LaliBoi – a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, who collaborates with renowned producer Spoek Mathambo to create a unique blend of hip-hop, jazz and traditional South African tribal music
Manu WorldStar – a Joburg-born Congolese artist who has been lauded as ‘a must watch’ African act
Lolo Skai – a Zimbabwean-born vocalist whose music is influenced by neo soul, Afro pop and poetry
Moonga K – a Zambian-born musician who encompasses R&B, soul, electronic and alternative
Umlilo – a multi-disciplinary artist whose signature sound has been dubbed as ‘future kwaai’

Hear Umlilo at Blooming Sounds from Joburg
Hear Umlilo at Blooming Sounds from Joburg

On Kaya FM

“They are all good in their own right and I believe the selected bands will deliver on the night of the concert,” adds Andrew Poane from Bassline.

The artists will be aired on Kaya FM after the concert.

Sakifo Musik Festival will also be a part of the French team behind the event alongside IFAS and Total. This annual music festival, hosted on Reunion Island since 2004, has become a landmark event on the cultural scene there. The Sakifo network is onboard as a streaming partner and will be promoting and broadcasting the concert from its Facebook page.

Skyroom Live has been chosen as the event’s online live-streaming portal because they are at the forefront of live-streaming concerts at a global level. They showcase live performances that are filmed in HD quality and have been ranked 12th globally as live concert producers by iRocke.

Stream from these URLs

What: Blooming Sounds from Joburg
When: 26 September 2020
Info: IFAS Culture’s Facebook page, or