Phumlani S Langa speaks with two of the local acts who will share the stage with Burna Boy, Babyface and Angie Stone at the DStv Delicious Food and Music Festival.
The National Arts Festival may have marked the beginning of the festival season, but nobody says go, quite like the city of Joburg.
The DStv Delicious Food and Music Festival will take place this Saturday with US acts Babyface and Angie Stone along with Nigeria’s Burna Boy headlining the two-day gathering.
The line-up is also packed with local talents, who will be openers for these heavy hitters. Among them are local musician and label owner Oskido.
He couldn’t be happier to be outside again and in this manner.
The timing couldn’t be better as the veteran is looking to release new music, which he will undoubtedly test drive at Delicious.
“Well, I'm just about to drop a new EP for a new album. I'll be showcasing most of my new songs. I hope the crowd is going to receive it well, and I will definitely play some of the crowd's favourites, which will be fun.”
His set these days incorporates a keyboard player, a bass player, and a percussion section.
“So, it's a live DJ set with some of my friends who are also musicians, so it's not just me playing. It's going to be awesome.”
Some people underplay just how big this moment is, especially to the stifled youth who have had to endure years of flaccid social events, curfew and of course, a mini prohibition. Oskido does comprehend the moment at hand and how lit this party could get on Saturday.
“It is good that the festival is bringing in other acts, like Angie Stone, who's one of my favourite writers, one of the best creators in terms of writing, vocal ability, and also Burna Boy being there. He’s doing a lot of good things worldwide."
The return of the seasoned hands
The local collective of DJs known as Obrigado will be at the festival this year, which is no surprise.
Speaking on their behalf, Muziwethu Mtshali says: “DJ Kenzhero and I have always played at the Delicious festival in the various hospitality tents, but this time around, it is special. We have our own Obrigado stage at the food court. Those who know and follow Obrigado understand that the combination of food, music and great people is right down our alley. This is huge for us.”
Their overarching vision has always been to connect South America and Africa through music, with Brazil and South Africa being the launch pads.
He says his whole collective has something special planned and he will also be unveiling some new tracks.
“As we have experienced, the entertainment industry was hard hit by the pandemic. It is great to see festivals such as Delicious back alive and kicking. It's good for the culture. We need more festivals where local talents share a stage with international acts. Culture reflects society, hence, its importance. I think all stakeholders, from promoters, sponsors, government, and civil society, should come together and create a calendar of annual festivals where we get to celebrate our rich culture."
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