In the Spirit of Basha 2017

The Basha Uhuru Freedom Festival, in partnership with Nando’s spread over a 5 day programme which entailed Conversations of Freedom – creative talks from the creative industry’s most prominent figures; a contemporary group art exhibition titled Expressions of Freedom; Visions of Freedom featuring film screenings sponsored by the Gauteng Film Commission and Rides of Freedom youth cycling tour which linked up various youth cultural hubs in the city.


All these activities lead up to main attraction of the festival which was the Sounds of Freedom music concert featuring a diverse line-up of both emerging and established musical talent from across the country. The final day was a relaxed picnic paired with some comedy to close off the festivities of this wonderfully curated gathering.


Celebrating it’s fifth year, the festival is a celebration and expression of artistic wealth among the youth of South Africa. Every element of the Festival was true to the theme; an all-around beautiful and balanced affair hosting a true commemoration to the youth of 1976 in their fight for freedom and equality and the coming of age of our constitution which is in its 21st anniversary. The most awe comes from the unity witnessed in the youth of today that came out in their numbers to celebrate together throughout the entire festival proving that some young people care for the affairs of their peers.

On the last day of the festival Blacknation got to meet up with Nonku Phiri briefly after her performance and taking from her lips, “We should be getting to a place in our society where the diversity of our gatherings should not not even be a point of discussion”. The 2017 edition of the festival was a sincere testament of these words in representing the actual demographic diversity of our country’s people, all age groups and ethnic groups were warmly welcome and hosted right at the height of winter.