Time to hit the “reset” button and let the good times roll again! Get ready for a flavourful fusion of international excellence, homegrown heritage and springtime fashion on 24 and 25 September 2022, when Nigerian megastar Burna Boy joins a host of South African and global stars at the DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival. This is the first wave of artists to be announced, with more to follow in the coming weeks.
After a two-year absence, the country’s ultimate food-and-music experience is back with a bang to bring a dash of zest and a splash of fun to Gauteng’s Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit over the Heritage Day weekend. Get your early-bird discounted tickets now to ensure you don’t miss out on the party – and be sure to dress up, show up and represent!
Joining Burna Boy, arguably Africa’s biggest music superstar, in his long-awaited return to performing for his legions of South African fans are R&B hitmaker Babyface and hip-hop trio the Digable Planets, alongside English hip-hop/electronic dance outfit the Stereo MCs.
Mzansi’s musical heritage will be on proud display, with spoken-word poet Lebo Mashile composing a stirring performance piece specially for the festival. Plus, during a rousing “tribute to Miriam Makeba”, local divas Simphiwe Dana, Zenzi Makeba Lee and Msaki will celebrate the legacy of Mama Afrika in the year she would have turned 90.
Great music and exceptional food, paired with an unbeatable vibe, are the best way to celebrate our diverse heritage – the DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival is back to deliver the goods just for YOU. Show up flaunting your unique Mzansi style as we welcome spring and enjoy our musical and culinary heritage – together.
As in previous years, this year’s feast of world-class food and world-class music is overflowing with a delectable line-up of talent to officially signal the reopening of the local entertainment season – from Naija’s finest to the springtime sounds of soul and amapiano.
Headlining the main stage as the festival kicks off on Saturday 24 September 2022 is rapper Burna Boy (the winner of three BET Awards and a Grammy), alongside local Kwaito Legends – Mdu, Kabelo, Thebe, Arthur, Trompies and Dino Bravo, as well as Stereo MCs (best known for their hit Connected). Time to get the party started!
South African electronic music pioneer G-Force and hip-hop/kwaito duo Major League DJz will be on the decks on the main stage. Also on Saturday, the dance stage will be pumping with DJs LKG, Lamiez, Zinhle and Soul Sista Zane, who’ll be keeping the music playing, the spirits soaring and the good times flowing.
Gracing the DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festivalmain stage on Sunday will be legendary 12-time Grammy winner Babyface, regarded as one of the founding fathers of modern US R&B, and undoubtedly one of the greatest music producers ever. Digable Planets, consisting of rappers Ishmael “Butterfly” Butler, Mariana “Ladybug Mecca” Vieira and Craig “Doodlebug” Irving, will also wow the audience with their unmatched jazz-rap and alternative hip-hop sounds.
Staying with wonderful, powerful women, on Sunday the late, great Makeba will be honoured when the next generation of women torch-bearers for South Africa’s musical heritage, the phenomenal Simphiwe, Msaki and Miriam’s granddaughter, Zenzi Makeba Lee will pay tribute to Mama Afrika – the ultimate African music icon.
Revellers can also enjoy the Afro-Latin world music grooves of Obrigadoduring the DStv Delicious weekend.
Manning the decks on the dance stage on Sunday will be DJs Oskido, Vinny, Christos, Ganyani and Fresh – the perfect upbeat way to wind down your Heritage Day weekend. More amazing talent will be added to the line-up, so keep an eye out for further announcements.
Please note that this year the festival will not include a Kid’s’ Zone, so while families are more than welcome to come and enjoy the DStv Delicious experience, it also offers the ideal opportunity to plan that long-overdue post-Covid date night while you catch your favourite musicians in action.
In addition to headline sponsor DStv, this year the festival extends its thanks to its partners Diageo, Chill Beverages, Mercedes-Benz, Samsung, Sasol, Proudly South African, Flight Centre, Gauteng Tourism Authority and Windhoek Beer, who are all helping to make this sensory celebration happen.
Says Nokuthula Monaheng, the festival’s media director: “We are delighted to bring back the DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival now that we are through this crippling pandemic. The festival will be bigger and better than ever before, with amazing culinary and musical talent touching down in Mzansi over the Heritage Day weekend for the greatest festival in Africa.
“Along with a phenomenal line-up, we will be doing everything we can to support local communities through our partnership with Chefs with Compassion. While celebrating the good times, we must also remember our less-fortunate fellow citizens and invite our fans to do the same. DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival will show up in 2022 – so make sure you do, too!”
Nyiko Shiburi, Chief Executive Officer at MultiChoice South Africaadds: “As DStv, we’re always looking for ways to excite and engage our customers. We believe in creating real-time experiences that are fun and engaging, and DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival does just that. The Festival is not only a celebration of diverse communities from both a musical and food perspective, it is also a platform that creates jobs for many in the eventing value chain.”
“Through our DStv Rewards programme that we launched last year, we have always looked to ensure that we our customers access incredible experiences and the DStv Delicious Festival is no exception. With the return of the event, DStv Rewards members can look forward to standing out from the crowd with access to bespoke seating lounges throughout the weekend as well as access to VIP and General Access tickets.”
“It gives Proudly South African great pleasure to be a partner of one of the biggest food and music festivals on the continent,” adds Eustace Mashimbye, CEO of Proudly South African. “With over 40 000 festival goers expected over the two days, we are especially excited for the significantly vast range of jobs that this marvellous event will create and contribute to, for the betterment of the economy of our country. These include security staff, vendors, drivers, accommodation venues, artists and their teams, ticketing companies, infrastructure suppliers, as well as sound and light suppliers, to mention but a few. The list is incredibly extensive!”
“As part of our 21-year anniversary, we will give 21 Proudly SA member companies free exhibition and trade space at the festival in order to increase and widen their access to various markets. We congratulate and commend the organisers of the DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival for creating and sustaining jobs, as well as creating access to market opportunities for many local South African businesses,” continues Mashimbye.