#057HC, the proud curators of the loved urban event, which sees some of South Africa’s best DJ’s and finest performers take the centre stage, kicked off this past Boxing Day at the Unicorn Golf Club to a sold-out crowd.
Thousands of party-goers flocked to St Andrews Street from as early as 10am and by the time Samthing Soweto came on at 4pm, the Free State summer weather was perfectly inviting while the ice cold beverages were flowing.
Fantas, Stu & Vibe and Jabzz Dimitri got everyone going with their energetic sets with DJs; Kent, Claude and Major League, Babes Wodumo, Lady Zamar and Sjava knocking it out of the park with their stream of crowd-pleasing hits.
With over 10 billed artists on the day, there were plenty of genres for revellers to enjoy.
Now in its 5th year, the #057HC series of annual event experiences has cemented its place as being one of the top events in Central South Africa and prides itself on bringing surprise experiences to its fans.
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Kalawa Jazmee Celebrates 24 Years With An Artist Showcase
It is difficult to believe that Kalawa Jazmee is already 24 years. The longest running independent record label has birthed big brands such as Bongo Muffin and Mafikizolo among others. They invited us to their Winter Artist Showcase where we were introduced us to the existing artists on the roaster as well as new and fresh talent they have signed.
The night was filled with cheer and great vibes as the OG’s in the music business came out to show their support. The event was exclusively for the media to get a sense of who Kalawa Jazmee thinks is hot. Besides the music, there was great nostalgia created just by seeing the gents from Trompies in one room, for example.
Although the record label has a distinct Kwaito edge to their sound, they have managed to keep the sound fresh and relevant. Judging by the response to their biggest songs this year, the public are feeling it.
Oskido showcased the two videos he dropped with Ngci featuring vocalist Mque being one of them. He then took to stage to show he still has it when he performed Pepereza alongside Dr Moruti and Mckenzie. Nolwazi entranced us with two new singles and it was refreshing to hear her on own on a song.
Candy performed her new single, Siku Ne Siku featuring Nigerian up and coming artist, Nonny D. The Indigenous Afrosoul single borrows sounds from Eastern Africa and has really shown her growth and range. Professor also impressed with his performance of Brand New.
Some of the artists who also took to stage were Mandla Spikiri, Mjokes, HHP, Mpumi, AB Crazy among many others.
With rumors of Kalawa Jazmee disbanding and losing some of their artists, last night was a positive reinforcement that they are not going anywhere.
Look out for the video we shot at the event as well as the interviews we handled.