I’ve worked in close contact with the live music community in South Africa, and in parts of Southern Africa for the past two years. The activities in which I’ve partaken have made me value music scenes. Furthermore, it has made it clear that building a music industry, complete with touring circuits and venues that can support live shows, is important if people’s livelihoods are to be sustained.

I’ve experienced several life-changing moments through attending live shows. It never hurts less every time a favourite music venue closes down. This past December, the renowned Joburg-based live music venue Bassline shut its doors, in an apparent industry-wide move towards cost-effective ways of running a space of its calibre. So while it will still operate on some level, the range of shows anyone familiar with the Bassline’s program are, as of this year, a thing of the past.

The images attempt to tell of the moments I’ve enjoyed in the past.

Photo credit: Tseliso Monaheng

 

At reggae artist Colbert Mukwevho's birthday celebrations, 2013
At reggae artist Colbert Mukwevho’s birthday celebrations, 2013

 

At reggae artist Colbert Mukwevho's birthday celebrations, 2013
At reggae artist Colbert Mukwevho’s birthday celebrations, 2013

 

Isaac Mutant of DOOKOOM during a rehearsal, 2014
Isaac Mutant of DOOKOOM during a rehearsal, 2014

 

Bassline's front entrance depicting a silhouette of Brenda Fassie
Bassline’s front entrance depicting a silhouette of Brenda Fassie

 

The Fokn Bois were in town and decided to drop in for a quick set, 2016
The Fokn Bois were in town and decided to drop in for a quick set, 2016

 

Kassav came and shut the house down. This was their tracklist, 2015
Kassav came and shut the house down. This was their tracklist, 2015

 

Jocelyne Beroard of Kassav prepares to get the party started, 2015
Jocelyne Beroard of Kassav prepares to get the party started, 2015

 

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An audience member poses in front of the soundsystem following Thandiswa Mazwai’s epic performance, 2016

 

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Thandiswa Mazwai called upon Ringo Madlingozi for a duet during her 40th birthday celebration, 2016