Boiler Room X Ballantine’s True Music Africa Returns to South Africa for Its First Show in Pretoria


Boiler Room x Ballantine’s True Music today announce Pretoria, South Africa as one of the stops for True Music Africa, a tour that unearths pioneering, self-starting talent and their stories of doing it for themselves within the underground music scene.

A first for Boiler Room and Ballantine’s, the inaugural True Music Africa has toured South Africa, Cameroon and Kenya. It’s given a platform to some of the freshest talent the continent has to offer, broadcasting their performances to an audience of more than 15 million people around the world, and sharing the artists’ insights and experiences of their local music scene via a compelling documentary series.



Ballantine’s True Music has been making its name in the SA house music scene for years with Boiler Room, and they’re going back to their roots for this stop on the True Music Africa tour, with the first-ever Pretoria show. It will bring together a stellar roster of house selectors for another incredible event at a secret location.

On Wednesday 5 December, some of the most exciting names from South Africa’s underground, including a combination of house music up-and-comers, pioneers, and a highly-anticipated set from kwaito legend and True Music Africa Forum keynote speaker, Oskido, that will be broadcast live to the world. The line-up includes:


DJ Raybel
JD Monate + Mapentane + Dadaman
Kat La Kat
Lamiez Holworthy


Boiler Room and Ballantine’s are committed to supporting and celebrating uncompromising artists who do it ‘their way’. With their True Music platform, the partnership champions artists with a perseverant spirit and challenges them to continue pushing boundaries.

Africa, a vast and hugely diverse continent – culturally and geographically – is known for its myriad musical styles. From Gqom to Nairobi nu-wave and eclectic afro-fusion, True Music Africa is telling the stories of the varied music scenes sweeping the continent and the key self-starting innovators in each space – all via compelling documentaries and live-streamed parties to bring Africa’s True Music scene to a global stage.

“We’re happy to be returning to one of our favourite countries for yet another show. It’s extra exciting for us and Boiler Room as it’s the first time we’ve done a show in Pretoria, a city with a really rich and diverse music scene that fuses some of the best of South Africa’s past, present and future, and we’re really pleased to be shining a light on more of the country’s house music talent.” – Ballantine’s Head of Music, Tom Elton

Boiler Room x Ballantine’s True Music Africa in Johannesburg is happening on Wednesday 5th November at a secret location. Click here to request an invite to the live event or Tune in HERE to watch the broadcast.

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