Not many countries in the world love jazz like South Africa does. Every March, for the last 15 years, thousands of music fans have attended Africa’s largest jazz festival: the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. During the rest of the year, there is one place that presents the continent’s finest jazz artists and world’s renowned musicians to a passionate crowds: Bassline.
Founded by Brad Holmes, Bassline was originally opened in 1994 as a small live music venue in Johannesburg’s bohemian suburb of Melville. The club quickly established itself as the ultimate venue to experience the country’s top jazz and Afro-beat acts, poetry readings and impromptu funk jam sessions.
After closing in 2003, Bassline reopened a year later in a brand new area: the downtown Newtown Cultural Precinct. With a 1,000-people capacity concert venue and an intimate space that seats 150 guests, Bassline got back to being an institution among music fans in Johannesburg.
Johannesburg’s Home of Live Entertainment
For 20 years, Basssline has been Johannesburg’s top live music venue and production house, as well as one of South Africa’s most popular clubs. Until today, Bassline has hosted more than 3,000 incredible concerts.
Music acts that emerged in South Africa since the ’90s, like jazz singer-songwriter Vusi “The Voice” Mahlasela, late jazz saxophonist and flautist Zim “Zimology” Ngqawana, jazz pianist Paul Hanmer and Jimmy Dludlu. But also Africa’s most famous icons and international stars, Bassline has welcomed them all.
And for the last decade, Bassline has also been the venue that has either hosted or produced large-scale concerts and events for audience ranging from 5,000 to 30,000 people.
The 2003 Bassline Jazz Festival, Live 8 2004 South African concert (broadcasted to 2 billion people), Women’s Day Festival and Africa Day concerts at Mary Fitzgerald Square and Soweto’s Mofolo Park are some of the spectacular events produced or welcomed by Bassline.
From 2006 to 2008 Bassline was part of the consortium that managed the month-long Johannesburg Arts Alive Festival, happening that featured over 100 performing arts events throughout the city, including the popular Jazz on the Lake. In 2010 Bassline managed the South African showcased at MIDEM in Cannes and, in the same year, it undertook international production of the United Nations ‘Millennium development Goals’ that included an incredible line-up of African songwriters and performers.
A fine jazz club, a venue for major events and the Johannesburg’s hub of live entertainment: Bassline is second to no venue!
Book or Rehearse in Joburg’s Greatest Venue
Now you can even book Bassline for a special occasion. Be it a private or corporate event, a workshop or a conference. Whatever you have in mind, will almost certainly become true at Bassline!
Depending on the type of function you want to hold, standing or seating arrangements can be made. Whether you want it to be at the versatile cinema-style auditorium or at the VIP Lounge/Breakaway Room for more intimate events…your event is going to be great!
And if you are a musician, Bassline provides 6 professional rehearsal rooms, all sound-proofed and 3 fully equipped with backline equipment. Need to rent an office space? You are in the right place! In fact, Bassline also offers 9 office spaces for hire, all including telephone lines, internet and email access and all the necessary for printing, faxing and copying.
If you are in for a night filled with entertainment, world class live jazz and South Africa’s finest performers, you should plan your visit to Bassline right now. Take a look at the life-size sculpture of legendary singer Brenda Fassie in front of Bassline and walk in to have the time of your life. You will go back to Bassline over and over again, guaranteed.
10 Henry Nxumalo Street, Newtown, Johannesburg