Public service announcement to all Gauteng-dwellers: if there’s one thing you shouldn’t miss this weekend, it’s the Bassline Fest at Constitution Hill. A Joburg institution, the Bassline, which has been around for 24 years, may no longer exist in a physical space — its much-loved Newtown venue closed in 2016 — but it is still very much a brand in action, and it is synonymous with the finest music offerings in the city. A case in point is the Africa Day-inspired, inner-city event it has organised. The line-up includes our own sparkling acoustic diamonds, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and mesmerising Malian icon Salif Keita. In a special tribute to Nelson Mandela, Keita has written a song for the occasion, and he will be performing a yet-to-be-released track, too. Of course, this would be reason enough for you to make haste to the constitutional court precinct — but factor in performers such as Nigeria’s Yemi Alade and Femi Koya, Mozambican musical stalwarts Ghorwane, Guinea’s Sekou Kouyat...

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