5 Cities in 4 Countries on 3 Continents – this global music festival launches in Africa with Joburg as it’s home!


Paris New York Heritage Festival – Joburg edition: 08 June 2019

Soweto Theatre R200 prebook R250 at the door 

Offering a truly dynamic cultural platform, this festival brings together artists from different cultures and backgrounds…


Featuring a vibrant lineup of diverse musicians & DJs from around the globe…sharing, connecting, igniting and inspiring collectively through music – it’s the hippest, funkiest, conscious groundbreaking gathering to hit Jozi!




“The festival that unites Africa, Europe and North America.” 

An initiatory journey between Paris, New York, Montreal, Vancouver, and Johannesburg – an event that highlights the richness of African and Latin American cultures.


Theme for 2019:




The line-up so far….



  • Nduduzo Makhatini [SA]
  • BombShelter beast [SA]
  • DjeuhDjoah & Lieutenant Nicholson [France]



  • The Mooses [Canada / Brazil] – DJ Mks, Don Mescal, DJ Kobal
  • Dj Suspect [France]
  • Only Tlou [SA]
  • NickyB [SA]




BL MUSIC presents the 4th annual addition of this touring festival : 5 cities in 4 countries on 3 continents

More than 15,000 festival-goers/ 100 artists have gathered in 3 years to…




History repeats and perpetuates itself, like the black American slaves who, forfeited their own name, were named as their master. Similarly, in history, music has been named by its style (jazz, funk, blues, gospel, hiphop…) rather than by its original name.

We want the PNYH festival to tell these stories in their continuity, through their heritage. Every year for the past 4 years, the festival has been organised around an original theme related to these cultures.

The first editions highlighted the great richness of African American culture (its interactions with Africa, the United States, and Europe), its influences, its evolution, and its origins. It is intimately connected to community, social and political struggles




As the theme for 2019, the festival addresses the decisive role of music as

a universal tool for transmission and advocacy in the history of these struggles.

Often, some aspects of history remain unknown to the general public. It seemed interesting to us, to return to the source by making a last stopover in Africa and once again explore the porosity between all communities (African, American, Indian, Latin…) through their interactions and influences, during a festival.




The festival will stop in Johannesburg from June 7 to 9, in Paris from June 12 to 16, then in New York from June 20 to 23, in Montreal on June 25 and 25 and finally in Vancouver on June 29




PNYH is an initiatory, historical and contemporary journey to the heart of African and African American art. It stops in Paris, New York, Montreal, Vancouver and now inJohannesburg!

Paris and New York are obviously world hubs and epicentres, privileged witnesses to the history of these cultures, where Africa is the source.

The festival celebrates these major arts of the 20th and 21st centuries, which mark theworld’s culture with a red iron.

It pays tribute to those past, present, and future artists who, through their history, have influenced the world’s current cultural heritage.




The Paris New York Heritage Festival is a truly dynamic cultural platform that brings together artists, national and international – on joint projects.

It is a question of mixing generations and styles to highlight the evolution of music and culture through different actions such as concerts, conferences and meetings.



Bombshelter Beast links:


Bombshelter Beast represents a unique approach to the South African sound and they charm their audiences across the board. It’s nothing you’ve ever experienced before, and yet it’s quite familiar: think of putting an Afrikaans opera singer, a Polish refugee playing the accordion, a UK-born kwaito star and SA’s most astute linguist rapping it up, and you have half the picture – the rest has to be experienced live!

Enter the family of bling brass players, sexy saxophones, rocking rhythm section; add multi-lingual rappers, dancing singers and superb storytellers – and prepare for the visual spectacle that is Bombshelter Beast! Instruments you’ve never seen before, African fabrics and safari suits, and a fusion genre-busting old school Kwaito & House, Drum ‘n Bass, Dancehall, Dub, Ska, Balkan, Boeremusiek, Hip Hop, Ghoema, Rock, and the odd sneaky bit of Jazz – all peppered with badass rapping & live improvisations.

Bombshelter Beast représente une approche unique du son sud-africain et séduit tous les publics. Ce n’est rien que vous n’ayez jamais vu auparavant, et pourtant c’est bien connu : pensez à mettre un chanteur d’opéra afrikaans, un réfugié polonais jouant de l’accordéon, une star du kwaito née au Royaume-Uni et le linguiste le plus malin de SA en train de rapper, et vous avez la moitié du tableau – le reste doit être vécu en direct !

Entrez dans la famille des cuivres, des saxophones sexy, de la section rythmique rock ; ajoutez des rappeurs multilingues, des chanteurs dansants et de superbes conteurs – et préparez-vous pour le spectacle visuel que représente Bombshelter Beast ! Des instruments que vous n’avez jamais vus auparavant, des tissus africains et des costumes de safari, ainsi qu’un Kwaito & House, Drum’n Bass, Dancehall, Dub, Ska, Balkan, Boeremusiek, Hip Hop, Ghoema, Rock, et un peu de Jazz, tous parsemés de rappeurs-boudins et d’improvisations live.
















































Every generation has its own leading lights. For the current generation of South African young jazz musicians, pianist, composer, educator and thinker Nduduzo Makhathini stands as a key torchbearer. It’s useful to note the refreshing virtuosity with which the 37 years old jazzman articulates a decidedly spiritual vision of the world with the piano, and his compositional clarity. Makhathini plays with a bright lyricism and a full sound pallet that gives him a markedly wide melodic vocabulary. His music is as open as it is invigorating.

Makhathini’s interests in conversation with unseen realms cuts through deeply in his artistic practice.

Birds singing and the sweet taste of water from an ancient well, that is where the healing invocations of award winning jazz pianist Nduduzo Makhathini come from. Makhathini hails from Pietermaritzburg, along South Africa’s east coast. The backdrop to his childhood was the caress of the hills in Mgungundlovu. It’s significant historically as the royal capital of the Zulu king Dingane between 1828 and 1840, and one of several military complexes of the time. The area enjoys a convergence of a heritage of ritual practice and music. It’s important to note that the Zulu, in fact, African warrior code deeply relies on music for motivation and healing. This twin heritage of music and spirituality is central to understanding of a Makhathini’s musical project and vision and as jazz man. Around the time Makhathini was born – the 80s was the height of political violence in the region, events forced his family to move to a new home. That change has infused much of what we hear in his sound. The music of the rolling pastoral landscape along the majestic uMngeni and Msunduzi filters through the uniquely powerful sounds he heals jazz lovers across the world with. His sonic awakening came from whispers in the leaves.

Makhathini commands the sort of remarkable talent and thematic focus that posits him among an illustrious pantheon of forbears. The late jazz pianist, Bheki Mseleku comes to mind as a musical stylist and visionary who sets a lofty precedence. Their music shares a comparative searching sensibility along with a keen spiritual focus. This is a quality that earned him the respect and camaraderie notable peers and elder jazzmen. Makhathini has toured extensively, and recorded with other strongly rooted titans like Zim Ngqawana, Busi Mhlongo, Feya Faku, Carlo Mombelli, Somi, Salim Washington and Herbie Tsaoeli to name a few. Their appreciation of music as something more than beautiful sounds ballasts Makhathini’s commitment to asking deeper questions with his music.

This is not only owing to his virtuosity as a player but what he represents for the music in this part of the world. Makhathini is a consummate musician born and raised in a musical family. Makhathini’s late father, Sibusiso was a singing guitarist. It’s an occupation that enjoys deep history in Southern Africa too. Think Maskandi music here. Sibusiso ploughed music into his

family life. It was in one of his isicathamiya outfits that young Makhathini got his first taste of life as a musician; this along with important piano lessons and mentorship Makhathini got from his mother, Nomajerusalema. She was also responsible for raising her son immersed in a life of choirs and church music. Bearing in mind that Makhathini is a healer, it possible to conceive of him as a kind of musical activist on behalf of African traditions of healing. He recently delivered a TEDX talk in Gaborone which looked at ‘A New Look

Towards Ubungoma Practices and Articulations’ ubungoma is a Zulu word that refers to the gift and practice of healing and divination – the word ngoma means song. Hence music, often drumming and dance are central to the spiritual rituals. These among others, are some of the themes evoked in Makhathini articulations of jazz which sets aside and make him contributions extremely significance.

Beyond his proven prowess as a brilliant pianist, Makhathini is also an astute producer with a sharp ear for harnessing the best possible sounds of other creative musicians. The successes of the records that bears his contribution. This accounts for his award-winning pedigree. We count his two SA Music AWARDs (2017 and 2018) for Best Jazz album and Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for 2015. He has produced for a number of notable award winning and nominees: Mbuso Khoza Zilindile: won best contemporary jazz album at the 2013 Metros; Lindiwe Maxolo Time: nominated for Best Jazz Album at the 2013 SAMA’s; Sisa Sopazi Images and Figures: nominated for Best Jazz Album at the 2014 SAMA’s; Tumi Mogorosi Project Elo: nominated for Best Jazz Album at the 2014 SAMA’s; Thandiswa Mazwai Belede: nominated for Best Urban Jazz Album at the 2017 Metros, 2017 AFRIMA’s and SAMA’s in 2018.

So far, Makhathini has released eight albums as a band leader: Sketches of Tomorrow (2014); Mother Tongue (2014): nominated for Best Jazz Album at the 2015 SAMA’s; Listening To The Ground (2015): nominated for Best Urban Jazz Album at Metro’s 2016 and Best Jazz Album SAMA 2016; Matunda Ya Kwanza (2015); Icilongo -The African Peace Suite (2016); Inner Dimensions (2016) won Best Jazz Album at SAMA 2017; Reflections (2016) (solo piano), won Best Jazz Album in the Continent at AFRIMA 2017 and Ikhambi (2017) with Universal Music won Best Jazz Album SAMA 2018. This rapidly growing catalogue was made in part possible by a creative and life partnership he shares with his wife, Omagugu who he describes as “my anchor and partner.” Together they built the platform through which his earlier records were released, Gundu Entertainment.

Makhathini is active as an educator and researcher, and he is head of the music department at Fort Hare University in the Eastern Cape. He has a master’s degree from Stellenbosch University and currently reading towards his PhD. As an award winning player, Makhathini is ever in demands as a headline act on the international jazz festival circuit. He recently headlined National Arts Festival, Standard Bank Joy of Jazz, Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Essence Festival both in New Orleans and South Africa, International Jazz Extravaganza in Durban, SA. Collaborated and worked with artists such as Azar Lawrence,

Micheal Bowie, Logan Richardson, Billy Harper, Ernest Dawkins, Stefon Harris and recorded with Shabaka Hutchings to name just a few. Makhathini star continues to rise and as his musical vision broadens.

As a sideman, Makhathini has performance in major festivals such as; The Winter Jazz Festival at the Knitting Factory in New York, Avi Session in Switzerland, Tampere Jazz Happening among others. Makhathini’s recent collaborations include one with Black Coffee on his new EP called Music is King, Makhathini features on ‘Muye’ and other songs on this record.

Currently Makhathini has completed his 9th album titled Modes of Communication: Letters from the Underworlds, this record navigates, in profound ways, notions of African spirituality and their connectedness to music, further viewing this dialoguing as some kind of ritual. This record features a Blue Note signee and alto saxophonist Logan Richardson. Makhathini has started 2019 with his debut performance at the Blue Note in New York where he presented this new music during the Winter Jazz Festival, his group featured drummer Nasheet Waits, Logan Richardson, bassist Burnis Travis among other US based musicians. This was soon followed by another one at with Thandiswa Mazwai, Tarus Mateen and Clerence Penn at Salon African in Harlem New York. Makhathini is scheduled to perform at the Lincoln Centre in September this year with Winton Marsalis and Jazz at the Lincoln Center Orchestra.


To read more about Makhathini’s thoughts visit:







DJ, Producer, Music Specialist, Radio Show producer-presenter

Genres: World Music, World Beats, African, Jazz, Deep House, Tribal “Music That Deserves To Be heard!”

NickyB is a high calibre, well respected and highly experienced DJ and music specialist.

She is also a producer, compiler, writer, educator and for the past 21 years, has been the producer presenter of ‘The World Show’ on Johannesburg-based radio station KayaFM 95.9.

‘The World Show’ Sundays from 18h00 to 22h00 Live stream:

NickyB began ‘The World Show’ in 1997, when Kaya FM was launched as the first black-owned, independent radio station in the newly democratic South Africa.

Informative, and largely pan-African, this is a musical journey that travels across continents and timelines. With in-depth interviews and features, it’s a very well established show with a loyal listenership.

People from all over the world tune in to enjoy her live broadcast & mix of urban, archival, deeply rooted, contemporary, cutting-edge sounds. Each show is entirely unique and each week is a special experience!

As a DJ, she he is highly popular in South Africa and her international reputation is fast-growing – with her vast repertoire, and unique DJ style, she is widely appreciated for her ability to connect with her audiences. She recently completed a 5 x month residency in Paris at Cite Internationale des Arts, the topic of which was ‘MUSICAL MIGRATION’. During, and as part of the residency, she did live DJ performances and broadcast her weekly radio show live from Paris.


For more info see below links to her website, media page and radio show









































Only Tlou

Formerly known as The Pencil Boy, Only Tlou is a South African DJ, Afrika Motion (Label) artist and Kaya FM radio show host.

He has been active in music for almost a decade, with residencies and appearances from Cape Town all the way to Miami.

He has music available right now on Beatport, iTunes and Traxource from labels: HEAVY (USA), Monkey Fish (SA) and Afrika Motion (UK.

Connect with Only Tlou:

Twitter: @OnlyTlou
Instagram: @OnlyTlou









Double LP, CD Digipack & Digital, out March 8 th 2019

The French – Afropean duo is back with a new funky masterpiece album!

DjeuhDjoah & Lieutenant Nicholson are French composers and afro-soul singers. The duo are creating a new vibe with French sounds and mixing it with Jazz, Afrobeat, Electronic and Soul. T’es qui ? Was their first album released in 2015 and re-released a year later under the name Remets t’es qui? It was result of an intense collaboration that has lasted many years, on stage and in the studio. They call their music “Afropean songs”, a collection of Jazzy-Pop melodies, Afro-Soul and Funk arrangements.

This album has 15 songs, and features a tribute to the famous poet Aimé Césaire on the title. The Antilles are also honoured with creole lyrics, and if you listen carefully – you’ll hear them distilled within the album. La Montagne Pelée’s eruption in 1902 is evoked under the prism of August Cyparis, one of the three survivors. The rhythms are tight and focused, with some Antilles, but also Detroit elements thrown in, accompanied with a strong horns section, vibraphone and analog drums. There are lots of echoes from the era of Jazz funk and the lyrical French Mode, mixed with some slightly warmer currents that show their wider love of modern funk and eclectic tastes. It is a unique sound, an original recipe, using French wordplay with a universal message. Last summer, they presented the now critically acclaimed first single “El Nino”, an Afro-Funk gem about climate change, and “Fontaine”, an Afro hit with a great combination of analog take and electronic dance floor ingredients. With massive support from national radios and prestigious international DJs such as Gilles Peterson, Aimez ces airs could be one of the Top funky albums of 2019!

Limited press on a deluxe double vinyl cover designed by the artist Felix, mastered by Dj Vas.









































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