Africa Day Groove: A Celebration of Africa in Soweto

There isn’t a better way to celebrate being African, than in song and dance. The Soweto Theatre together with Sound Proprietors will host the Africa Day Groove to celebrate Africa Month. May is the month in which the Organisation of African Unity was found in 1963.

“We as Sound Proprietors are delighted to be bringing back the Africa Day Groove for 2022 in partnership with the Soweto Theatre. Albeit it the new normal, we forge ahead with the -mandate that we have been given by our elders to remember them and heredities passed down through the arts, literature and music. We are enthusiastic about this year’s line-up, and we have purposefully set out to emphasize the worth and brilliance of the feminine energy. It’s evident through this year’s line-up that we want to highlight the transcendence of women and their ability to shine as they always do”, event organiser and founder of Sound Proprietors Tshiamo Mosenyi tells Spot-On.

The Africa Day Groove is hosted at the Soweto Theatre but it’s the brainchild of Sound Proprietors, which is a technical and production company based in Gauteng specialising in audio, stage rigging, lighting as well audio-visual reinforcement. “We produce and curate festivals, concerts, small- and large-scale functions and events,” says Mosenyi. The Africa Day Groove takes place on 28 May, just three days after the official Africa Day.

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Exciting acts on the programme include the international award-winning Sjava, Peanut butter and jam with Malcolm Jiyane, The Brother Moves On as well as Soweto’s BCUC. “It’s the fact that some of these artists and bands are so underrated in our country yet are reasonably big in Europe and the Americas where they frequently are on tour that informed this decision. Celebrating our own.”

“Soweto theatre is an iconic and landmark site in Soweto with the precinct and amphitheatre historically being used for theatrical plays, political rallies and community outreach programs,” Mosenyi says about their chosen venue to host the gig.

The event is taking place for the third time, with the first one happening on in 2019. The 2020 instalment was obviously interrupted by the Covid19 lockdown, but the event took place last year.

There will be a market where people can buy souvenirs to take home among the food and drinks stalls from local businesses. “Entrepreneurs play a vital part of the township and country’s economy, so a market is always incorporated in the curation of the festival,” reassures Mosenyi.

“We are hoping attendees walk away with a full experience of music, markets and interacting with our entrepreneurs, creating long lasting networking relations and opportunities.”