Getting the concert going on Thursday, 6 July is South African rapper Smiso ‘Okmalumkoolkat’ Zwane, bringing beats from his latest album, Mlazi Milano. Gauteng’s multi-award-winning rapper, Kwesta, will then take to the stage to prove exactly why he stole the show at the recent South African Music Awards.
One of Durban’s hottest electronic duo’s, Snapbvck – consisting of Ryan James and Rhys Fataar – will bring the ‘Noise’ with hits from their debut album, ‘Forget the Name’ which is already making waves in the music industry. The energy levels are set to rise even further when one of the country’s most versatile musicians, Ph Madubela aka DJ p.H, shows off his incredible talent for dropping the beat at just the right time. And, bringing the first night to an epic close is the man who was born to entertain, DJ Lloyd.
Battle of the DJs
Forming part of the official After Dark Parties taking place at Crush Nightclub, upcoming talent will get a chance to showcase their musical know-how during the Battle of the DJs with the winner taking to the stage at The Cadbury 5Star Ballito Pro Free Music Concerts Powered by 5FM Thursday set.
One of the country’s most in-demand musicians, Matthew Mole, will prove his impressive singer/songwriter talent on the beach stage as the opening act for day two of The Cadbury 5Star Ballito Pro Free Music Concerts Powered by 5FM on Friday, 7 July. This pop-folk musical set will be followed by the unmistakable sound of Desmond and the Tutus whose style has been described as ‘an awesome blend of rock n roll, indie kwela, pop and genius’. Renowned as one of the country’s best live acts, it will take a band of supreme ability to follow. And December Streets is just that. This Pretoria-based indie rock band has an eclectic rhythm and great beats that unite musical genres and people.
After breaking onto the South African music stage in 2016 as an Idols competitor, Pietermaritzburg’s Matt Gardiner has impressed audiences with his strong vocals and captivating performances. This talented one-man-band is preparing to put on another entertaining gig. Also taking to the stage on Friday are the acoustic duo of Rudi Greyvenstein and Gary Nixon who make up The Kickstands, a band whose mellow vibe links them back to their KwaZulu-Natal South Coast roots.
“We are so excited that Cadbury 5Star gets to be part of the Ballito Pro for a second time in a row and we can’t wait for our fans to enjoy these fantastic artists in a beautiful setting,” said Grant van Niekerk, Mondelez SA Category Lead for Chocolate.
The Cadbury 5Star Ballito Pro Free Music Concerts Powered by 5FM is a fantastic addition to the festival’s action-packed programme which includes extreme motocross performances by Bruce and Brent le Riche, sponsored by Monster Energy Drink; the Night of Food & Wine cooking contests and entertainment on Tuesday, 4 and Wednesday, 5 July; a host of shopping opportunities at the Retail Delight; sports fun and beach action at the Coca Cola Football Arena and ongoing children’s entertainment at the Willard Beach Kids’ Zone. The Save the Waves campaign will run throughout the festival, encouraging waste recycling while educating beach-goers about ocean conservation.
The musical entertainment also continues at the official After Dark Parties taking place at Ballito’s biggest nightlife venue, Crush Nightclub, with the two dance floors hosting some of the country’s hottest DJs from 30 June to 9 July.
All this fantastic action is centred around the longest-running professional surfing event taking place at Willard Beach. Don’t miss out on any of the action at The Ballito Pro, presented by Billabong, from Tuesday, 27 June to 9 July.
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