Tuesday 13 April 2021
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The Sound of the African Drum Awaits: It’s Festival Time

The Sound of the African Drum Awaits: It’s Festival Time


The trimming of trees and cleaning of drains is almost to an end. New plants have been put in to the ground as spring awaits the African continent. In small numbers, the morning songs from the birds on the nearby tree are back as birds return to their usual.

Home to over 1,2 billion people, the continent of Africa is known as the earliest inhabited continent on the globe, is about to break into song and dance.

It has some of the world’s best festivals. With its abundant, diverse arts and cultures, the vast continent’s festivals represent amazing ways that Africans preserve and promote their varied heritages.

The Inspired Africa helps you navigate through all this beauty making sure you don’t miss the sound of the African drum, in this festival time.

OppiKoppi 2017
Aug 4-6, 2017 Northam, South Africa

Oppikoppi, derived from the Afrikaans “op die koppie” or “on the hill” is South Africa’s single largest multi-genre music festival.

The annual festival takes place out in the bush, close to the mining town of Northam in South Africa’s northernmost province of Limpopo. The vast expanse of land and the stunning surroundings make it the perfect festival setting.

The music on offer includes a real mix of anything from hard rock and heavy metal to hip-hop and jazz via folk, house, acoustic and indie, with a handful of international acts joining the extensive line-up of South African talent.

The 2017 line up of artists billed to perform is yet to be announced but nothing short of amazing talent is expected. Last year the list included August Burns Red, Yelawolf, KONGOS, Petite Noir and many more.

Incepted in 1994, the festival draws over 20 000 merrymakers each year. Be sure to be part of this year’s celebrators.

Chale Wote Street Art Festival 2017
August 14-20; Ghana

The 7th Annual edition of the CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival will take place in Accra Ghana from 14 – 20 August.

The festival is an alternative platform that brings art, music, dance and performance out into the streets. The community-based festival takes place in James Town – one of Accra’s most historic communities – and targets exchanges between scores of Ghana-based and international artists creating and appreciating art together.

Over the last six years, CHALE WOTE has completely transformed the city of Accra into the cultural production hub of West Africa. Street paintings, stencil work, sidewalk paintings, graffiti, spoken word, theatre, and music all collide during this colourful event.

By engaging artists within the city, the festival has given Accra a facelift, revealing interconnected collectives working in multidisciplinary practices that form the pulse of CHALE WOTE.

Mauritius Rum Fest 2017                                                                                                                            Sep 7-8, 2017 Port Louis, Mauritius

Buoyed by their huge success story in the inaugural edition of the Rum Fest held at le Suffren Hotel and Marina last year, the indigo group of hotels has decided to make the festival bigger and better this year.

The exclusive festival will be held in the exquisite and lively garden of Le Suffren Hotel and Marina, the ideal atmosphere for all the rum lovers.

Organizers of the festival have through their website promised to bring: “Some very important international actors in the Rum industry and also more than 150 references from all over the world.”
Visitors willing to enhance their knowledge about rums will get an opportunity to partake in master classes, professionals can also embrace this opportunity to exchange notes with international rum experts.

“We’ve gathered all necessary ingredients to make this event a mind blowing and memorable one,” wrote the festival’s organisers.

Felabration 2017
Oct 9-15, 2017 Lagos, Nigeria

The world is pregnant with average people who cannot be written in the same sentence with amazing things probably because their greatest achievement was discovering the delicious combination of red and blue slushies.

However, this side of heaven also has polished diamonds or befittingly continental treasures like one of Africa’s greatest musicians Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, a man who created one of Africa’s most popular music genres with his eclectic tastes.

Felabration is an annual funkadelic music festival aimed at celebrating the life of the inspiring musician and his colossal influence on the Nigerian and African society, as well as the Afrobeat genre.

It is the brain child of one of the legend’s daughters, Yeni who created the festival in 1998 following the death of her father a year earlier. The festival involves a street carnival, as well as a series of high school debates on the issues Fela was passionate about, including corruption and the plight of the poor.

Past performers have included Hugh Masekela, Fela’s sons Femi and Seun Kuti, and younger Nigerian icons he influenced like Wizkid and Burna Bo


The week-long festival which runs from October 9 to 15; Kuti’s birthday week, is held at the majestic New Afrika Shrine in Ikeja, Lagos State.

In attendance will be continental and global icons in the Afrobeat genre as they celebrate the life of one of Africa’s energetic and passionate musicians who touched the lives of many through his compositions.

The amount of talent that descends upon this West African hot spot speaks volumes about Fela’s status as a global icon.

The Felabration Symposium is another highly-anticipated event featuring a slew of intellectual heavyweights. Dozens of university professors, local political figures and scholars have spoken unforgettable truths in previous editions of the Symposium.

Outside of the New Afrika Shrine is a bustling carnival that swarms the streets of Lagos. The wonderfully chaotic scene is populated with gobs of people dressed in colourful and vibrant costumes followed by vehicles decked out in paint. Frenetic music provides a soundtrack to all the activity as everyone parades through the streets in celebration of Fela’s life.

Rocking the Daisies
5-8 October 2017 Cape Town; South Africa

Rocking the Daisies Music and Lifestyle Festival is South Africa’s biggest and hottest outdoor gathering, which takes place over four days on the first weekend of October every year, officially kicking off the summer season.

During the four party filled days, revellers can expect a multi-faceted and multi-sensory action-packed weekend featuring the best local and international entertainment across music, comedy, art, film; hundreds of top local acts and some of the world’s most inspiring artists performing on multiple stages; camping; good times and making incredible memories.

Running under the motto “Play hard, tread lightly”, Daisies spearheads green thinking in the country’s festival space and is set to be the most explosive experience yet.

The list of artists that will grace the stage this year has already been announced. The star studded list includes, Flume (DJ set), Two Door Cinema Club, Black Coffee, The Naked and Famous, Joey Bada, Cassper Nyovest, Snakehips, Sam Paganini, Patrick Topping, Riky Rick, Fokofpolisiekar, Die Heuwels Fantasties, and Beatenberg.

25-year-old Grammy-winning Australian producer Flume (Harley Streten) is set to headline Rocking the Daisies, bringing his highly visual set and globally renowned, experimental, future bass sound to the South African stage.

Every year 25 000 festival fans make their annual pilgrimage to Darling in the Western Cape to attend one of Africa’s biggest festivals, and this year, you just have to be a part of this.