JOHANNESBURG – TUESDAY APRIL 2, 2024 – To celebrate a decade of its True Music platform, Ballantine’s, the world’s second biggest-selling Scotch whisky, announces True Music 10 – a year-long programme of 10 in-person and broadcast music events. In partnership with long-standing partner Boiler Room, the celebrations will give music fans around the world direct access to some of the most exciting artists across 10 diverse music communities who are shaping global music culture today.

Boiler Room and Ballantine’s will return to Johannesburg home to one of the partnership’s first ever shows, where they will be throwing their biggest party to date. Taking place on 11th May, the multi-stage, multi-genre event will showcase some of the world’s most innovative artists including Louie Vega and Kenny Dope’s iconic garage duo; Masters At WorkDBN Gogo, and Toccororo as well as a number of True Music alumni including Coco Em and Scorpion Kings. Guests can sign up for the True Music 10 Johannesburg show now via, with further shows across the globe to be revealed throughout 2024.

Before heading to South Africa, Boiler Room and Ballantine’s will kick off True Music 10 with an intimate pop-up at a secret location in Soho, London on 4th April. The series of True Music 10 pop-ups will continue to Colombia and South Africa, rolling out in select cities, and showcasing some of the most forward-facing True Music artists from each country. Music fans around the world will also be able to tune in and catch the South Africa pop-up shows, broadcast from Durban and Pretoria for free via

Tom Elton, Head of Culture and Partnerships at Ballantine’s commented: “The evolution of True Music over the past decade has been remarkable. For 10 strong years, the platform has been committed to representing, supporting, and promoting inclusive music culture by celebrating pioneering local artists and communities from around the world on a global stage. We believe in the power of staying true to yourself and doing things your own way, and over the years we are proud to have worked with some of the most exciting ‘Stay True’ artists, who are propelling music culture forward and making music for passion. Here’s to the next ten. “

Since 2014, Ballantine’s and Boiler Room, have brought together artists and communities from around the world, representing local music culture on a global stage and turning passions into professions. Over the past decade, the duo has hosted inclusive in-person and live-streamed music events from some of the world’s most vibrant music scenes championing, supporting, and representing over 800 pioneering headliners and emerging artists, from over 30 countries across six continents. As part of the celebrations, Ballantine’s will invite fans from around the world the opportunity to browse the True Music archive, where users will be able to stream previous True Music Studios and win tickets to events, exclusive merchandise and redeem Ballantine’s cocktails with partner venues. Access to the digital experience will be via QR codes found in stores, venues and across posters.

Ballantine’s will also continue its ongoing True Music Fund, contributing a further 10 grants over the next year, to support emerging local music-focused organisations and collectives who are driving modern music culture, with further details to be announced in late 2024.

Invites to the True Music 10 pop-up events are extremely limited and will be available for only 30 hours ahead of the show. To be the first to hear when invites are available for any True Music 10 events, follow @boilerroomTV and @ballantines on socials and sign up HERE.

Brutal Fruit Spritzer: Elevating South Africa’s Saturday Brunch Culture

In the vibrant tapestry of South African culture, Saturday brunches have emerged as a cherished tradition, their popularity surging over the past half-decade. At the heart of this cultural phenomenon lies the unmistakable influence of Brutal Fruit Spritzer, a trendsetter and pioneer in the realm of leisurely weekend gatherings.

Prepare for an exhilarating encore, as the resounding success of last year’s Brutal Fruit Spritzer Saturday Brunches heralds their triumphant return. Save the dates: April 13th at the breathtaking Cabo Beach Club in Cape Town, and April 27th at the picturesque Idle Wilds Country Estate, promising an unforgettable conclusion to this sensational series.

Last year’s brunches ignited a fervor, quickly cementing themselves as essential fixtures in countless calendars—a cherished opportunity to converge, revel, and draw inspiration. This year, we’re amplifying the magic, extending our invitation to a wider audience and cultivating an atmosphere of inclusivity, camaraderie, and familial warmth.

With a stellar lineup boasting performances by Simmy, Langa Mavuso, Daliwonga, and Dlala Thukzin, complemented by delectable brunch offerings and bespoke Brutal Fruit spritzer cocktails, these events promise an unparalleled sensory experience.

Prepare to elevate the ambiance with a curated selection of experiential activities, igniting passions and amplifying the energy. Fashion takes center stage once more as attendees showcase their unique styles, with electrifying performances by DBN Gogo, Manana, and Courtnae Paul adding to the spectacle.

Embrace the spirit of summer and seize the opportunity to create lasting memories. Stay tuned for exciting updates and surprises as we prepare to elevate this season to new heights of splendor.

In the evolving landscape of South African culture, Saturday brunch has transcended mere sustenance to become a cherished ritual—an intentional expression of style, choice of company, and conversation. It’s more than a meal; it’s a celebration of femininity, sophistication, and friendship. Let’s delve deeper into this cultural phenomenon, unpacking the nuances that have propelled #SpritzerSaturday #YouBelong #BrutalFruitSpritzer into the realm of legend. From filling restaurants to inspiring gastronomic innovations, from home-hosted grazing menus to cherished moments of connection among best friends—let’s explore the essence of this cherished tradition together.

Major League DJz announce Balcony Mix Africa 2024

* Worldwide series kicks off in Johannesburg on 16 March 2024 

Johannesburg, Tuesday, 5 March 2024 – Multi award-winning South African music duo, Major League DJz, announce their Balcony Mix Africa 2024 worldwide series which kicks off in Johannesburg on Saturday, 16 March 2024 at Zoo Lake Dam. Tickets are now on sale, purchase via Howler here:
Joining the duo on decks for their first leg of their global dance series are: Kent, Dlala Thukzin, Oscar Mbo, Morda, Stokie, Kelvin Momo, DBN Gogo, Yumbs, and Merlon.
“We’re thrilled to kick off Balcony Mix Africa 2024 in our home city. The love and energy we get at home sets the tone for the rest of the year. Our mission to immerse our fans globally in the African dance music scene, culture and movement reaffirms our commitment of taking this proudly South African sound to the world. We just can’t wait to showcase what we’ve planned for Zoo Lake Dam. See you there,” share the Mbere twins.
Amapiano Balcony Mix w/ Major League DJz Live @ Grand Beach Africa, South Africa | Amapiano Mix 2024
Major League Djz Balcony Mix Africa 2024 is set to take place in key cities globally including: Durban, Cape Town, Maputo, New York, Amsterdam, London, Paris, Dubai, Accra, Lagos, Miami, and Nairobi with dates to be announced soon.
Balcony Mix Africa is a musical experience, created to take fans on a Dance Music journey, introducing them to some of the biggest and most exclusive songs on the continent. As pioneers of Amapiano, Major League Djz, have set their path to make the world dance and immerse them in this eclectic African Dance genre and not only gives guests the opportunity to dance to some of the most exclusive Amapiano tracks but they also get the opportunity to experience what it feels like to be at one of Major League Djz most popular event properties.
Purchase your tickets online today and join Major League DJz on a Dance Music journey.
Connect With Major League DJz
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Pretoria,  South Africa –  The second phase of the HEY NEIGHBOUR festival lineup is a fusion of local awesomeness with a dash of international flavor. Why, you ask? ‘Cause local is lekker and global is groovy.

We’re talking about joining the ranks of H.E.R., Khalid, Swedish House Mafia, The Chainsmokers, and Kendrick Lamar. Our lineup is like a global potluck of musical genius, representing neighbourhoods from across the world. Hold onto your hats, ’cause here’s the scoop!

First up, the Amapiano juggernaut, the royalty of the genre, UNCLE WAFFLES, straight outta Swaziland. But hey, Piano fanatics, we’re not stopping there. Get ready to vibe with the Yanos legends: DBN GOGO, the electrifying SCORPION KINGS, the maestro MUSA KEYS, and the firestarter FOCALISTIC.

Wait, there’s more! Get ready to jump with excitement as we welcome the iconic JACK PAROW and the rock sensation FRANCOIS VAN COKE. You know them, you love them – the crowd pleasers, MI CASA, GOODLUCK, and SHIMZA are in the house!

Get Ready for Fresh Vibes and Festival Thrills: AXE South Africa Teams Up with Hey Neighbour Festival for an Unforgettable Experience

Hold up, hip-hop aficionados, we’re dropping the mic for you too! ANATII and NASTY C are confirmed to bring the heat. And ladies and gentlemen, give it up for the powerhouse SHEKHINAH and the TikTok sensation turned international music sensation, TYLA. Rock vibes, anyone? Let’s groove with Afrikaans rock legends DIE HEUWELS FANTASTIES and the smooth vocals of UK-based JAMES VICKERY.

But guess what? The international flavor isn’t stopping either. We’re bringing the US magic with the incredible DUCKWRTH and the Afro-global vibes with Ghanaian/Liberian superstar JZYNO.

And don’t even think we’re done yet! Brace yourselves for the phase three bombshells with more African brilliance and perhaps a sprinkle of international stardust.

Listen up, fam! HEY NEIGHBOUR is more than a festival; it’s a full-blown experiential extravaganza. Think music, think community, think unforgettable fun.


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8-10 December 2023
Legends Adventure Farm, Pretoria
Gates open at noon, close at midnight
Phase 1 Tickets are still  up for grabs NOW!

Snag your passes right here ➔ [Book Now]

Only for the 18 and above crew.

Weekend Passes start at R3,899 for General Access and R4,999 for the VIP experience. Prices will shift as we groove closer to the festival, so get your groove on and book now!

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