Bassline Jazz Club

Bassline Venue - Founder/Owner
Bassline Africa Day Concert - Promoter
IGODA (Southern Africa Festival Circuit) - Member

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Bassline Venue – Johannesburg, South Africa - Est 1994
Bassline, founded by Brad Holmes, originally opened in 1994 as a small, Jazz Club in the bohemian suburb of Melville. In 2003 the original Bassline closed and was resurrected in 2004 in the downtown Newtown Cultural Precinct, with a 1200-capacity concert venue and an intimate 150-seat performing space, both with top-of-the-range sound and lighting. Bassline Venue also provides rehearsal rooms, recording and other facilities for artists.
The venue specializes predominantly in African, Afro-pop, World & Dance Hall music.
Bassline has also grown to become a significant concert production agency in South Africa (see Bassline Africa Day Festival and IGODA)


Bassline Africa Day Concert - Johannesburg - South Africa – Est. 2004
Bassline’s annual Bassline Africa Day Concert is Africa’s biggest celebration of African contemporary music. The Concert is held on the closest Saturday to the official AU Africa Day of celebration on the 25th May annually. Hosted in the heart of Jozi this concert has graced the Mary Fitzgerald Square and has been broadcast live on SABC2 to millions.
The biggest acts take to the stage, such as Ishmael Lo, D,Banj, Femi Kuti, Oliver Mutukudzi, to name a few, aswell as providing a platform for new artists breaking onto the Contemporary African Music scene.
In addition to live concert the Bassline Africa Day Concert is always filmed for a 3-hour live television show and is broadcast around the continent.


IGODA (Southern Africa Festival Circuit)
Igoda is a unique and innovative concept that brings together the finest music festivals within Southern Africa to create one of the first touring circuits on the continent of Africa.

Igoda is a partnership born out of the Firefest Route encompassing festivals from Mozambique, Swaziland, South Africa and Reunion Island including:
1. Bassline Africa Day Concert (Johannesburg, South Africa)
2. Azgo Festival (Maputo, Mozambique)
3. MTN Bushfire (Malkerns, Swaziland)
4. Sakifo Festival (Saint-Pierre, Reunion Island)
5. Zakifo Festival (Durban, South Africa).


participating in

  • WOMEX 2022
  • WOMEX 2018
  • WOMEX 2016
  • WOMEX 2006
  • WOMEX 2005


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