RTD: Cape town and JHB, Come back of the ages

On the 7th of October Rocking the Daisies(RTD) made its return to South African shores after two years of postponements due to the pandemic, the event was highly anticipated by thousands of fans who went to watch their favorites. Rocking the Daisies is one of the biggest music festivals globally. The event was held in the cities of Cape Town (Cloof Wine Estate) and Johannesburg (Supersport Park, Centurion).

Boasting a line-up of local and international acts including the likes of Kehlani, Sun-El musician, Blxckie, Bas and Nasty C. RTD showed appreciation to local artist as headliners alongside international acts. This event truly celebrated South African music, as the spotlight shunned upon Hip Hop, Amapiano, House and R&B artists. Among the line-up Kelvin Momo, Aymos, Sha Sha and Focalistic graced the stage with their performances, a special moment for Amapiano as it has now established itself as a household name in the music industry. This festival grants attendees and the general public the opportunity to enjoy and celebrate South African music. The debate of which genre is dominating the streets of RSA can be put to bed and we can celebrate the artistry of our very own alongside international stars. As much as USA is a superpower in the music game, our artists have shown the world that they are up to par with the international acts on the line-up. The Amapiano movement across the world is a testament to that.

Back to RTD, South Africa became the first country on the continent to host Kehlani, she debuted her African performance as one of the most anticipated headliners. She was well received by the crowed and the receptions was amazing, attendees could be heard singing along to her song (note to self: find a video of a song people were singing along to). It is always a mind-blowing experience to see your favorites perform, it creates a certain association to the artists catalog and the listening experience is then influenced for a lifetime by that one performance. Seeing Kehlani perform in SA is an experience which you can’t put a price on, (NTM; watch her performance). The same thing could be said about Blxckie and Areece at the moment, it’s always an exciting moment to see them perform. South African artists were well celebrated and showcased that they too deserver to be on the world’s biggest stages. People start to flock to the stage the minute these two start to perform. The Standards of SA concert/festival culture has developed well in the past few years, Events such as Cotton Fest have become household names and has contributed a lot in terms of celebrating the music and Street Culture of our country.

Having multiple stages at festivals contribute widely to the whole experience and offering various options for attendees to choose from. RTD had four stages namely Johnnie Walker Jungle, Heineken House, Maybelline Station and Savannah Beach Club. Each with an exciting line-up which had spectacular line-ups. Overall the event was a great success and left people raving about it.