By CityLife Arts Writer
Artist and activist Nomisupasta has been added to this Saturdays I AM LIVE concert presented by Bassline Fest at Constitution Hill. She completes the lineup that features also Nakhane, Bongeziwe Mabandla, Sun El Musician and Ms Party.
This festival in celebration of Africa Month is presented by The Department of Sport Arts and Culture. The I Am Live fest will start at 2pm and end at 9pm. Tickets are R320.00 on Howler and Computicket.
Nomsa Mazwai aka Nomisupasta is the founder of #FunkItImWalking NPC. #FunkItImWalking aims to make it safe for a woman to walk at any time of day in any condition. Her organisation has set a target to make Soweto the safest City in South Africa by 2024. Nomsa holds a Masters in International Political Economy and Development from Fordham University which she attained on a Fulbright scholarship in 2012. She was voted as the first female SRC president while at the Univeristy of Fort Hare, the first of only two women Presidents in the univiersities 100 year history.
Nomsa is a community developer who is passionate and inspired by improving the lived experience of all South Africans, especially those residing in townships and rural areas. Nomsa believes that safety is valuable and as such, through #FunkItImWalking, she works with the community and strategic community partners to unlock the economic value of safety. Nomsa is also the performing artist Nomisupasta who performed at the last AFRO PUNK Joburg before the pandemic hit the country. She has hit singles including Butterflies, Maybe I, Traveller with DJ Black Coffee, Losing Myself with Harrison Crump, and was sampled by 9th Wonder for Rapsody’s Idea of Beautiful album.
Says I Am Live event promoter Paige Holmes, “The festival is set to be a day of music and celebration of our humanity, resilience and over-all incredible creativity and talent that our beautiful African Continent births. The line-up of award winning artists reflect the inclusivity, diversity and tolerance that the city of Jozi inhabits: Joining Nakhane when they return home to celebrate being live, alive and African will be Nomisupasta, Bongeziwe Mabandla, known as the ‘enigmatic spirit of African Soul’ and Sun El Musician the multiple hit making Afro-house and electronic fusion producer, as well as Reunionese singer-songwriter Aurus.
Known as “Joburg’s Mainstay of Groove” Ms Party will be there to ensure the flow of the fest stays fluid. Ms Party is a South African DJ Born in Diepkloof, Soweto, and has garnered popularity for his zeal on the decks, playing catchy tunes and every now and then leaving the dance floor to show off his dance moves and party with the crowd.”
“The Bassline Fest is grateful to the Department of Sport Arts & Culture for coming on-board in the support of the live music industry which has been so hard hit by the pandemic.” Adds Bassline Fest’s Brad Holmes. “In celebration of Africa Month we are excited to showcase these incredible, diverse artists from our continent. What this event does is aid the live music industry as a whole as it creates work for the full live music industry eco-system from production, marketing, performing service providers and artists. It also creates a place for festival goers to escape while getting entranced by the artistic talent and of course to have some much needed fun! We are also grateful to our associate partners Castle Lite and BETAfrica for making this concert possible. And to Concerts SA with the Norwegian Government & SAMRO for supporting Nakhane.”