Written by Gopolang – 03 October 2017
The DStv Delicious International Festival debuted in 2013 with Jamiroquai as the first international artist to be hosted at South Africa’s premium culinary and music festival. Over the years the festival has grown and with feedback from the patrons in mind, event organiser Lloyd Cornwell has worked tirelessly to with his team to ensure that this year’s event is the best yet.
After 2016’s overwhelming success the event will be held once again at the iconic Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit, which is a world class facility in Fourways, Johannesburg. The venue is easy to access with 9 entry and exit points for hassle-free movement, even with the expected turnout of 40 000 people.
As always festivalgoers will be in for a rare treat with an incredible 2 day line-up of international and local artists and delectable choice of gourmet food.
Headlining the festival is American rapper and actor Common who has 11 studio albums under his belt. He will be joined by fellow American-born R&B musician Alexander O’Neal, who has created a cult following across the globe.
Europe will also be well represented by multi-award winning soul group Imagination feat. Leee John, best known for hits such as Body Talk, Just an Illusion and Flashback. They will be joined by soul singer, song writer and musician Omar. Omar is a well-established leading icon of the UK’s resurgent soul movement and plays a number of different instruments.
African flavour will be brought in by London born, Nigerian raised Femi Kuti, the son of legendary afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. Femi has established himself as an artist independent off his father’s legacy.
Local artists will be well represented with classic household names with old school groups TKZee and Bongo Muffin reuniting. Patrons should prepare to go crazy with the two most influential kwaito and afro pop groups in South African history. Thandiswa Mazwai will also have a solo platform on the 7th while world-renowned jazz maestro Hugh Masekela will make an appearance on the 8th. Wrapping up the local connection will be South African top deejay, Black Coffee who will be delivering a live performance.
As always the highlights of the festival besides the music is the awesome food on display. This year the DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival will host the Disney Cookabout which is a comedic adventure game-show hosted by Chef Kirsten Mohamed and her side-kick Sous Chef Mthunzi Ntoyi – offering something exciting for the kids. In celebration of the return of The Great South African Bake Off cake lovers are invited to come and experience the #SABakeOff patisserie. Siba Mtongana of Siba’s table will also be part of the food network theatre, while Castle Milk Stout together with Café Tibz and Gemelli Restaurant will host 100 exclusive guests for a savouring the richness experience.
Tickets are in the final stages and are available online and various outlets. Patrons have a variety of packages to choose from including the Kid Zone package for the little ones. Keep following Ticketstroom for all DStv Delicious Food and Music Festival updates on Facebook and Twitter.