Freedom to Dance at Arts Alive

antho-raphael-susitna-rocco_05There’s one week to go till the City of Johannesburg’s nearly month-long Arts Alive festival kicks off on the 3rd of September  – we’re hoping you’ve already decided which part of the festival calls your name and booked your baby-sitter.  This year we’re spoilt for choice with a broad line up of dance, comedy, theatre, film, visual arts, poetry and music to choose from throughout September…  We’re going to be covering the Freedom to Dance House and Hip Hop event at Carfax that kicks off the festival  – here’s the deal:

The stage is set, the line-up has been finalised, finishing touches are being made and the smell of excitement and anticipation is thick in the air. It’s that time of year again… the 2009 17th annual Joburg Arts Alive International Festival set to take place in Johannesburg between the 3rd and 27th of September.

In addition to the numerous captivating art disciplines set to grace urban central Johannesburg such as, theatre, dance (from classical to contemporary and street), visual arts, comedy, spoken word and poetry, the festival will also play host to the Arts
Alive Freedom to Dance extravaganza, taking place at Carfax – Jozi on Friday the 4th of September 2009.

Aimed at youth, this evening will whet the appetite of the toughest music critic with performances by leading house
and hip hop DJ’s from South Africa. Guests on the evening will also be privy tothe electric legendary beats of international house sensation Rocco who by reputation exceeds all expectations.

A regular on the Europe, USA and Asia house scenes, Rocco’s Deep House is rapidly growing in popularity among South
African audiences. Rocco has previously been welcomed to South African shores and has played for an astounding 3000 spectators. His most recent release called “Someday” on Real Tone Records struck a chord with international and
South African audiences alike having made its way to the Traxsource’s charts for 3 weeks and already supported by Louie Vega, Mr V. and Laurent Garnier!

The House Floor at Carfax will also play host to many talented South African DJ’S including MacG, Mo Flava, Willie,
Oskido, Bouer and Monde. And who could forget to mention the infamously popular Black Coffee who began his DJ career in 1994 while still in High School? His Deep/Afro House, Soulful Lounge, and broken beats are known around the country
and are testament to his excellence.

If Hip Hop is more your scene then get
ready for an evening filled with insane beats and wicked rhymes. With appearances by Beatoven, Vigi, and Tholi B the evening is set to rock all the way through to the early hours of the morning. Master M will also be there along with the all too fabulous Glitz Gang, Admiral & Jahseed as well as C-Live and Dimplez.

MC’s for the night at the Freedom to Dance are Bonang, Siz ‘n Scoop and Mpho Maboi. Tickets are available
from Computicket and are selling for R120 each. Don’t miss this great opportunity to see South African music for a night of fireworx!  Brought to you by the City of Johannesburg in association with Yfm.

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