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