Ballantine’s Scotch whisky today announces Langa, Cape Town as the final stop on the True Music Series x Felipe Pantone tour, happening on Sunday 31st March.
Felipe Pantone (read our interview with him here) is known around the world for his iconic artwork that has adorned music spaces such as the Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Hotel and the Life is Beautiful Music Festival in Las Vegas. His collaboration with Ballantine’s for the True Music Series saw him transform limited edition bottles of Ballantine’s Finest and 12 Year Old with specially created artwork inspired by the underground club culture, the recording and production process, and music soundwaves.
Since November last year, Ballantine’s and Felipe have been travelling the world bringing to life the True Music Series artwork with interactive installations in Moscow and Santiago that push the boundaries of the local music scenes through art-led music experiments.
The project culminated in South Africa where Felipe has created a unique mobile performance space with sound reactive audio-visual technology that transforms his Ballantine’s designs into an equaliser as the artists perform. The installation has travelled across the country in recent months, visiting Pretoria and Port Elizabeth, as part of DJ and producer Kid Fonque’s visual podcast series, Kid Fonque Presents, which has seen True Music artists such as Atjazz, Jullian Gomes, Fka Mash, Jay Em, Vinny Da Vinci, Pierre Johnson, Trancemicsoul and Kat La Kat interview and perform against Felipe’s striking backdrop.
The tour will come to a close with an incredible celebration of True Music when Ballantine’s and Kid Fonque bring the installation to the iconic We House Sundays party at the Guga S’thebe Theatre in Langa, Cape Town for a night of great conversation, great music and great drinks. The line-up includes:
- Johannesburg-based DJ and label manager Kid Fonque
- Respected British producer and DJ Charles Webster
- Multi-talented local singer-songwriter Sió
- Legendary We House Sundays crew Soul Crescent, Leighton Moody and Lawrence Dix
Kid Fonque said of the project: “What I love about the Ballantine’s True Music Series is its authenticity in bringing together people who love art and music and combining the two, to create an awesome series of experiences for so many people around South Africa. We’ve seen legends of house music mixing it up with new and exciting talent, connecting their music to Felipe Pantone’s inspiring artwork, which has transformed the visual podcasts and performances at each place we’ve visited.”
Tom Elton, Head of Music at Ballantine’s, added: “South Africa is really special to us and we’ve been bringing our True Music platform to people all over the country for years now. It’s fitting therefore to culminate our latest True Music Series tour in Cape Town and even more exciting to be able to offer our fans and local artists a completely new music experience through Felipe’s striking audio-reactive artwork. To see Charles Webster and Sio perform live in front of the interactive art installation is going to be incredible and we’re so happy to be able to do it alongside our good mate, Kid Fonque and the We House Sundays crew.”
Tickets for the event are available at Quicket at R100 early bird and R120 thereafter. Tickets will also be available at the door for R150 on the day.
All podcasts and performances will be recorded and available to watch after the event, via: ballantines.com/en-za/pages/podcasts. The latest Ballantine’s True Music Series Limited Edition Finest Felipe Pantone bottle are available exclusively at all Shoprite and Checkers Liquor stores..
Now in its fourth year, the Ballantine’s True Music Series is an annual project that gives uncompromising artists a unique platform to share and visualise music and music scenes that inspire artists and fans worldwide. Find out more, here: www.ballantines.com/en-za.
About the line-up:
Charles Webster is a British electronic music producer and DJ who specialises in producing house music, amongst several other genres, including downtempo and jazz. He has recorded under his own name as well as under a series of aliases including Presence, Furry Phreaks, and Love From San Francisco, and in collaboration with several other artists.
Sióbhan, Sió, sio-ROI, The Twilight child, King is a storyteller, who uses music and poetry to tell her stories. She derives inspiration from the music itself, the world around her, books and often gravitates towards dark metaphors and images sighting pain as one of her greatest muses. Her style is a product of love for music she was exposed to as a child.
Lawrence Dix was born & raised in South Africa and residing in Cape Town, following several years studying in Johannesburg. Lawrence Dix also was known as “Dix” has been actively involved in the local electronic scene for over a decade. Following the inception of local based Record Label – Nomadiq Music in 2012, Lawrence Dix has played an instrumental role in the creation of respected party brands like The Rooftop of Dreams, True Music Pop-Up Club & We House Sundays.
Leighton Moody, also known as “Soulsideup” and co-founder of the ongoing “We House Sundays” movement, has gained a solid and well-earned reputation among dancers & music lovers alike. Leighton’s passion for fusing the many textures of House Music, and his innate ability to move dance floors, has carved his own niche in the South African Deep House scene & has also led him to perform abroad in Dubai, Portugal & Seychelles.
Cassiem Latief, also known as “Soul Crescent”, co-founder of respected party brands such as We House Sundays & The True Music Pop-Up Club. Cape Town produces some phenomenal musical talent. The city’s DJ’s are known to be passionate about their craft and border on fanaticism when it comes to the music they love. are those who follow this path because they feel the need for acceptance. Some do it for the perceived elevated status it will bring. There are those whose arrogance leads them to believe they can to do it better. Then there are those truly gifted individuals for whom it is a calling and whose talent stands above the rest
Allan Nicoll aka Kid Fonque has become a vital part of South African electronic music and club culture over the last 20 years. Uniquely accomplished in both influence and scope, he is an over-achiever in every one of his roles; DJ, Producer Label Owner, promoter and more recently, Radio Presenter. Firmly established as a tastemaker in South Africa, Kid Fonque’s influence can be felt and heard in the music of the many artists he has helped nurture with his role as label manager of Africa’s seminal dance label Soul Candi Records and now his new venture with Jullian Gomes in their new label Stay True Sounds.