Celebrating township culture, Red Bull Kas’Lami, returns to KwaZulu-Natal for a three day creative explosion from Friday, 4 August until Sunday, 6 August 2017.
Kas’Lami, meaning “My Hood” aims to showcase local performing artists that have emerged from
South African townships: paying tribute to their humble beginnings, their power in overcoming struggles along the way and their epic journeys to success.
The three day programme not only celebrates local township heroes. It embraces the wider cultural landscape of music, fashion and art, which are featured in a variety of popup happenings.
This is the fourth year that the festival is travelling to a different South African township. Kas’Lami started in Tembisa in 2014, before moving on to Umlazi in 2015, featuring Umlaziborn international DJing superstar, Black Coffee. Polokwane had a taste of the Kas’Lami magic in December 2016 where Da Capo and King Monada were headline artists at Polokwane Shisanyama.
This year’s three day event will kickstart on Friday, 4 August with film screenings of success stories of Durban born talents followed by a Q&A which will take place on Friday at Artizen Lounge in KwaMashu from 6pm . Saturday features an info session by Rude Boyz and SoKool at Bix Box Park from 6pm. Both events are free and open to the general public. Kas’Lami wraps up in true Red Bull style on Sunday, 6 August with a footstomping concert at the Artizen Lounge in KwaMashu starting at 12 noon.
The power lineup of entertainers includes producer, remixer DJ and Metro FM award winner – Culoe de Song! Durban’s Gqom kings – Distruction Boyz, with performances by DJ Kabila, EM Ex, DJ SoKool, Bhunu Brill, Snapbvck, Menace, Malusi, Urban Angel and DJ Lag.
Red Bull Kas’Lami gives people a platform to celebrate greatness in their own neighbourhoods. The KwaMashu version promises an action packed weekend, which will showcase the very best of one of KZN’s liveliest townships.
“I am delighted to be coming to perform in KwaZuluNatal and looking forward to exposing the people of KwaMashu to this lifestyle,” says musician, Culoe De Song. “These events have proved to be so popular within “the hoods” as people can look within to see the incredible talents that emerges to make great successes. We hope that this year’s event proves even more inspirational for local talent, and that it not only provides an opportunity for good fun, but also a reminder that fabulous things can emerge from one’s “hood.”
Tickets for the concert on August 6 are available from Computicket at R100 and R150 for VIP or online http://www.computicket.co.za. No tickets will be available at the gate. For more information go to www.redbull.com/za or follow on Instagram: @RedBullZA; Twitter: @RedBullZA, Facebook: Red Bull.
This edition by Fred Felton