Bassline – Newtown
Since moving to Joburg, I’ve been dying to experience Bassline, the city’s most famous live venue. Originally opened in Melville in 1994, the club was host to some of South Africa’s best jazz musicians and live recordings. In 2003, the Bassline closed, but was soon reopened in Newtown, where it now features live music across all genres.
So, I got together with some friends and went to the Bassline to see the man they call “the Hendrix of the Sahara”, Malian musician Vieux Farka Toure. What a show; what a crowd, what an atmosphere!
The supporting act was the wonderfully hipster and talented South African artist, Bongiziwe Mabandla.