Don't miss the 2018 Fak'ugesi Festival
Tap your Afro Source Code
Posted: Sep 17 2018
If you’re a lover of anything tech, art, or music-related, then the Fak'ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival is for you!
The festival returns to Johannesburg this September, and aims at exploring music culture within the main festival through the annual Beats Program at the Tshimologong Precinct from 24 to 29 September 2018, with a six-day takeover of Braamfontein's tech hub.
Weheartbeat has also curated a program of workshops, experiences and performances that will facilitate the meeting of mind and spirit in an environment geared around the festival's theme, “Tap Your Afro Source Code”.
Check out what this year’s festival has in store below:
Nurturing collaboration and creativity, the BEATS LAB will host international electronic artists in an exploration of the connection between music, design, technology and digital innovation. The lab will run from 24 to 28 September with the participants embracing the theme, combining tradition with futurism. The outcome from these sessions will result in an EP release, a short documentary and a live showcase performance at the Bloc Party. The artists featured in the 2018 Beats Lab are Potatohead People (Canada), S Fidelity (Switzerland), Zikomo (USA), Morena Leraba (Lesotho) and South African artists Bonj Mpanza and Hlasko.
Talks and Workshops
On Thursday 27 September a series of workshops will take place from 2 - 10pm in partnership with Ballantines. The Future of Music panel will discuss the ever changing landscape of the music industry, facilitated by Tefo Mohapi from Iafrikan.com and featuring guest panelists Riky Rick and Thibaut Mullings. 'Managing Health Amongst Creatives' will feature psychologist Thembi Mashigo and panel guests Ayanda Seoka, Mx Blouse and more. The day will continue to include a Masterclass with Black Milk (USA), The Art of Remixing with Zikomo (USA) and Power of Collaborations session featuring Zikomo, Potatohead People (CAN), S.Fidelity (Switzerland), Morena Leraba (Lesotho) and Bonj Mpanza (RSA). Find out more about the workshops and panel discussions here.
The week's activities culminate in a celebration at the Fak'ugesi Beats Bloc Party on Saturday 29 September. This event will reignite the energy and spirit created at the inaugural party in a union of performance, music, technology and digital innovation. The Bloc Party aims to showcase the best in underground talent, both local and international – etching its name in the cultural textbooks as an inspiration to future generations of creators, producers and innovators. The second installment of this groundbreaking event will host performances from the Beats Lab participants, as well as Black Milk and a strong local contingent including Langa Mavuso, Mx Blouse, Symatics and Ramz, Micr.Pluto and more.
Tickets for Thursday 27 September are R50 per session and can be purchased via Weheartbeat. There will be a limited run of R200 student tickets available for Fak'ugesi Beats Bloc Party, upon presentation of a valid student ID. Workshop and student tickets can be purchased throughout the week at the reception of the Tshimologong Precinct.