The Fête de la Musique was created in 1982 at the initiative of Jack Lang, then French Minister of Culture. The idea of organising a free music festival was made a reality by Maurice Fleuret, Director of Music and Dance who observed that one child out of two in France played a musical instrument.

Originally, the Fête de la Musique (or World Music Day) is a popular and free music festival taking place each year in France on the day of summer solstice, the shortest night of the year in the northern hemisphere. Throughout the country and abroad, jazz, soul, funk, rock, electro, reggae, classical music and many other musical styles are enthusiastically celebrated.

Nowadays, the Fête de la Musique has become one of the country’s greatest cultural events and an international phenomenon. It is celebrated on the 21st June in no less than 700 cities in the world in 120 countries including South Africa. The Fête de la Musique allows million to discover new musical trends from traditional music to rap, hip-hop, techno, world music, musical carnival and so much more. The Fête de la Musique is celebrated in a cheerful and festive atmosphere by both amateur and professional musicians who perform in the streets, squares, gardens or courtyards for free.

The event gives the opportunity for the major musical institutions to reach out new audiences. The Fête de la Musique makes the art and culture more accessible for all.

Thanks to the vibrant and global French cultural network, theFête de la Musique has expanded internationally and continues to grow exponentially. In South Africa, the first Fête de la Musique was inaugurated in 2010 in Richmond Hill, Port Elizabeth. The second one took place the following year at Arts on Main in Johannesburg. Taking place now in the Newtown historical cultural hub, it drew last year more than 30,000 music lovers in Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria, East London and other cities. The Fête de la Musique is one of the fastest growing festival brand in South Africa, attracting every year more and more people.

PREVIOUS LINE-UPS

2015

Meerkat Mob
BCUC
Gren Seme
Jao Joby
Motsatsing & The Rays
Pilani Bubu
African Ambassadors Fet Vera
Go Barefoot
Bongeziwe Mbandla
Benjamin Piat
The Muffinz
Coal Train Band
Zetina Mosia
Maria Mombelli & Belly Buttons
Amandla Freedom Ensemble

2016

Iphupho L’Ka Biko
Zanmari Bare
Supreme Crew (Dancers)
Fantasy (Dancers)
Black South Easter
Vaudou Game
Watching Over Africa
Morayks
Kevin and The Love World
Krinsky Brothers (Acrobats)
BLK JKS & Elo Zar
Les Fantastiques
Eminent Fam (Dance crew)
Urban Village
Bombshelter Beast
Nono Nkoane (she came late and did not perform)
Finger Print5
Mapaumba
Kinsmen
Ben Dey & Concrete Lions
UJU
Guy Buttery
NdyeboAcademie
Daniel Millie
Jess & Crabbe
Hellen Dikobe
Unity Band

2017

Zama and The Alan
Just Robyn
Berita
Leomile
Sax Machine
Josh Kempen
Samito
Zoe Modiga
Nakhane
Adelle
Bye Beneco
Zuko Collective
Johnny Cradle
Ice Cream Shop
Tias
Kajama
The Sextons
Bambanani Brass Band

2018

Bambanani Brass
Band
B.O.Y Wonder
Buskaid Orchestra
Diamond Thug
Easy Freak
Femi Koya
G-Sand
Ibaaku
Ikati Esengxoweni
Jess & Crabbe
Lerato Lichaba
Moonga K.
Morena Leraba
Motèl Mari
Radio 123
Robin Thirdfloor
Rock Steady
Samthing Soweto
Sam Turpin
Sun Xa Experiment
Sutherland
The Lectric Monks