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The fourth edition of Red Bull Kas’Lami rocks Kwa-Mashu
The fourth edition of Red Bull Kas’Lami took over KwaMashu this weekend and, according to the organisers, was a resounding success. The three-day programme celebrated local township heroes, while embracing the wider cultural landscape of KZN’s second largest township.
It was not only the township dwellers that attended the event, but people came from around KZN to enjoy the mind blowing line up performers.
The Kas’Lami event, meaning “My Hood”, aims to showcase local performing artists that have emerged from South African townships: paying tribute to their humble beginnings and their epic, inspirational journeys to success.
The festival started on Friday, 4 August 2017 at Artizen lounge with the screening of a film, featuring success stories of Durban-born talents. The screening, which was open to the public was, followed by a Q&A session. On Saturday 5 August 2017, an info session was held by Rude Boyz and SoKool at Big Box Park, who engaged with upcoming talent and shared insights about the colourful South African music industry.
Sunday turned out to be the highlight of the festival, with a music concert at Artizen Lounge, attended by hundreds of people.
“This years Red Bull Kas’Lami was one of the best productions of any event I have seen in Ekasi,” said Gagasi personality, DJ Mario Munday, who was afeatured DJ.
The concert boasted a killer lineup, which included remixer DJ and Metro FM award winner – Culoe de Song! Durban’s Gqom kings – Distruction Boyz, and performances by DJ Kabila, EM Ex, DJ SoKool, Bhunu Brill, Snapbvck, Menace, Malusi, Urban Angel and DJ Lag.
This was the fourth year that the festival travelled to different South African townships. Red Bull Kas’Lami started in Tembisa in 2014, before moving on to Umlazi in 2015, featuring Umlazi-born international DJ superstar, Black Coffee. Polokwane had a taste of the Kas’Lami magic in December 2016 where Da Capo and King Monada were headline artists at Polokwane Shisanyama.