DStv Delicious Festival announces line-up of international acts

The fifth DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival is expected to live up to its reputation as South Africa’s top culinary and entertainment extravaganza

The festival runs over the weekend of 7-8 October. The headline act for the Saturday will be Academy Award-, Golden Globe- and Grammy-winning actor and hip-hop recording artist Common.
The rapper will treat festival-goers to songs from his 11 studio albums. Common’s latest offering, Black America Again, released in November 2016, includes the socially conscious title track featuring Stevie Wonder, as well as the anthem Letter to the Free, which was the end-title track to Ava Duvernay’s powerful Oscar-nominated documentary 13th.
The line-up for the weekend also includes international music heavyweights such as Imagination feat Leee John; British soul singer, song-writer and musician Omar, R&B musician Alexander O’Neal  and award-winning world music artist Femi Kuti.
The multi-award winning British soul group Imagination feat Leee John is best known for classic hits such as Body Talk, Just An illusion, Flashback, Music & Lights and Changes.
Alexander O’Neal is one of R&Bs most iconic names, with the hit Criticize still lighting up dance floors across the world, 30 years after its release. Signed by Prince in the early days as part of The Time, O’Neal’s journey as part of various bands propelled him to becoming the solo artist he is today.

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Born in London in 1968 and raised in Canterbury, Omar was considered a musical prodigy. He learned his craft classically, playing the trumpet, piano, bass guitar and percussion. Now a leading icon of the UK’s resurgent soul movement, he has been making music for more than 32 years. One of his crowning achievements was working with Stevie Wonder on the duet Feeling You.
London-born, Nigerian-raised Femi Kuti is the son of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti and grandchild of political campaigner and women’s rights activist Funmilayo Ransome Kuti. In 1986, he started his own band and began establishing himself as an artist independent of his father’s legacy. Today, he has six albums under his belt, and has worked with and supported the likes of Mos Def, Common, Jane’s Addiction and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
Festival Director Lloyd Cornwall says the first DStv Delicious Festival, held in 2013, was a single-day event.
“The festival has become so popular that we extended it over two days for the first time last year. It’s also the second consecutive year it will be held at the Kyalami GP Circuit. The prime location and world-class facilities, along with its nine entry and exit points make it the perfect venue choice.”
“On Saturday, with Common headlining, we expect a major party vibe and an unforgettable day of local and international talent on the Sunday. Our DStv Kids’ Zone will offer kids a feast of fun and will keep them super-busy, while parents enjoy the music and scrumptious food,” continued Cornwall.
The local line-up for this year’s festival will be announced at a later stage.
Tickets are officially on sale and available from deliciousfestival.com or ticketpro.co.za