This weekend, 947 held their annual Huawei Joburg Day In The Park at the Emmerentia Botanical Gardens. The event has become synonymous with the very best South African artists making a splash across all genres – and it’s something that has been impressive to see.
This year, 15 000 fans witnessed Mango Groove, Sho Madjozi, Matthew Mole, Mi Casa, Holly Rey Beatenberg & Tresor, Prince Kaybee, DJ Zinhle, Sun El Musician & Simmy, Shortstraw and Easy Freak perform live in what was truly a celebration of South African music. Music has always been something that brings everyone together and seeing such a diverse group of people on and off the stage is a recipe that has helped the festival become one of the biggest in Johannesburg.
The stand-out performance of the day effortlessly goes to Sho Madjozi who is the most incredible performer. She had the crowd in the palm of her hands as she performed a set of her biggest hits including ‘Kona’ and ‘Huku’. Sho Madjozi, who recently became a first-time SAMA nominee, has only just released her debut album and it’s exceptional to see the type of impact she’s had with that record.
Mango Groove is another act that truly brought the audience together. With a career spanning three decades, Mango Groove’s music has become entrenched in our history and is reminiscent of a time where the country was changing and the positivity that came with that. What’s special to see, however, is that the music is still relevant today with streams of teenagers belting out the lyrics to ‘Special Star’ and the rest of the group’s monumental hits.
Prince Kaybee ended the show off in style. His latest album ‘Re Mmino’, recently reached platinum status with his music accumulating over 50 million streams. The star performed his smash hits ‘Club Controller’ and brought on Msaki for a special performance of his new single ‘Fetch Your Life’.
Prince Kaybee wasn’t the only artist to bring out a special guest. DJ Zinhle invited Tamara Day to join her on stage to perform their smash hit ‘Colours’ as well as newcomer Bonj who performed her brand-new single ‘Against The Grain’. However, it was possibly her daughter Kairo who got the biggest response from audiences as she joined her mother behind the decks.
One of the highlights of the day, however, was seeing a reunited TKZee take to the stage. Their music has also been incredibly relevant and entrenched in South Africa’s history and they proved that they’ve still got what it takes to wow audiences.
“What a warm audience. They just picked the temperature up into the stratosphere,” Mango Groove’s Claire Johnson told us after their performance. “It was everything I hoped for and maybe more.”
Meanwhile, the hosts of The 947 Night Show, Zweli and Mantsoe, opened up about the impact 947’s Joburg Day in the Park has on fans who come to watch their favourite musicians live. “Joburg Day is one of those parties where you know you’re going to get a dynamic line-up from someone that’s going to cater to a young crowd to an older crowd. It’s a beautiful day in Joburg for people to come together and enjoy local music,” Mantsoe tells us. Zweli adds that “What makes 947 Joburg Day In The Park so explosive is its diversity. A lot of the time with festivals people are worried that it’s going to be this crowd or that crowd but this is a representation of what Joburg actually looks like and what we want South Africa to be and that’s why it’s a great festival.”
Here are some more images from the music festival: