The DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival first took the entertainment and culinary world by storm on its debut in Johannesburg, South Africa in October 2013. Headlining the music was Jamiroquai supported by a host of top South African artists. UK celebrity chefs Aldo Zilli, Ed Baines and John Burton Race displayed their signature dishes at their own pop-up restaurants.
In May 2014 the DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival returned to Johannesburg, with UK TV chef Rachel Khoo joining her South African counterparts Jenny Morris and Siba Mtongana. Top international acts included jazz-funk pioneers the Brand New Heavies, club favourites Soul II Soul and acid jazz supremoes Incognito. Brand New Heavies and Soul II Soul were back in South Africa in December 2014 when the festival premiered in Cape Town. They were joined on the Cape Town stage by award-winning South African acts Freshlyground, MiCasa and The Soil along with modern folk artist Jeremy Loops. MasterChef SA judge Pete Goffe-Wood and acclaimed chef Garth Stroebel tantalised visitors’ taste buds.
Queen of funk Chaka Khan, global dance legend Louie Vega, Drizabone and Shakatak were the headline acts in June 2015, playing to a capacity crowd of 20 000 people in Johannesburg. This event also featured Johannesburg’s biggest gourmet food market. MasterChef SA Judge Pete Goffe-Wood hosted the popular Delicious pop up restaurant. Food Network celebrity chefs Reza Mahammad, Siba Mtongana and Jenny Morris hosted live food demonstrations and exciting cook offs at the Food Network Pavilion.
The DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival, – the music festival for food lovers and the food festival for music lovers – returned for its 4th year in Johannesburg on Saturday 8 October and Sunday 9 October 2016. As always, the festival organisers delivered mouth-watering finds in food, street-chefs and delectable trends as well as a music line-up of world-class entertainment and local acts. A line-up that included The Jacksons, Macy Gray, De La Soul, Arrested Development, Elements of Life, Roy Ayers and local food celebrities Reuben Riffel, Sarah Graham, J’Something and Callie-Anne.Due to the overwhelming success of last year’s event, it was then decided to retain the format of this world class festival over two days at the same venue.
The mega event attracts an estimated 40, 000 visitors over the two-day festival and this year the international line-up includes Common, Femi Kuti, Omar, Alexander O’Neal and Imagination feat. Leee John, while local acts include, Black Coffee & the band, Thandiswa Mazwai, TKZee and Bongo Maffin. The main ingredients of the festival include international and local artists on the main stage, international and local chefs featured in various pop up restaurants and cooking theatres, channel activations, brand activations, an interactive kids zone, SA’s biggest gourmet street food market and a world class dance arena.
This year, First National Bank Botswana (FNBB) and South African Tourism (SAT) joined hands for an exciting promotion dubbed FNB Rewards Campaign which saw two lucky Batswana FNB customers scooping an all-expenses trip to Johannesburg, South Africa and an opportunity to deliciously enjoy the 5th DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival, which took place this weekend at the prestigious Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit, in Johannesburg, South Africa on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th October 2017.
The winners, Tumisang Mokalake and Kgosi Setlhoko were hosted by FNBB influencers; Michael Hall and Samantha Mogwe courtesy of South African Tourism (SAT) and were truly excited. The competition was run on social media by FNBB influencers, Michael Hall and Samantha Mogwe who selected the two winners. An excited Tumisang Mokalake said this week that she was thrilled to attend Delicious and see live all the star performances especially Common and Thandiswa Mazwai. “I’m a foodie and the Delicious Festival is all about good food, good music and good ambiance. This was a dream come true for me. South Africa is alive with possibilities and the Delicious Festival is a fabulous event with unforgettable memories,” said Mokalake.
For Botswana songbird, Samantha Mogwe, “The music line-up at the DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival was truly amazing. I was super amped actually, such a wide array of artists. I saw myself ticking off a lot of artists that I had written on my ‘Have to see perform’ bucket list, so this for me was the main thing that I truly looked forward to the most. I also enjoyed all the sumptuous culinary delights that were served at Delicious. My son would have loved the kids play area but unfortunately I didn’t travel with him.”
Quizzed about what inspired her to travel to RSA, Mogwe said she loves the diverse culture and how advanced the arts scene is. “As an artist I love how there are countless opportunities to feed your creative self. This is what I love about RSA, not forgetting the array of entertainment to choose from. The line-up at DStv Delicious was genuinely fantastic; Common, Thandiswa Mazwai and Black Coffee. Who wouldn’t want to see such a stellar line-up?”
Michael Hall, FNBB influencer said, “I grew up listening to TKZee & Bongo Maffin, so I was really excited to see them back together again, live on stage. The other performance which blew me off my feet was that of Black Coffee & the band. The food too, was amazing.” With so much seen and documented, we zoom into a few talking points that continues to fully make the DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival one of South Africa’s most celebrated occasions…
Cooking with Siba
Sibahle Mtongana, professionally known as Siba Mtongana is a South African celebrity chef known as the host of the Food Network show Siba’s Table. Siba Mtongana shares the rich fusion culture of modern South African food. She gives the traditional recipes she grew up with a totally modern twist, while an injecting them with international flavours. As the host of Siba’s Table every Thursday on Food Network DStv channel 175, it was quite refreshing to see Siba live at the fifth annual DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival doing what she knows best.
It was at Siba’s stall where I spotted some of Botswana’s lifestyle journalists taking notes, among them Botswana Gazzete’s Gosego Motsumi and Yarona FM news anchor, Rorisang Mogojwe. My thought was, maybe the ladies want to improve their culinary skills and what a better way to learn from the connoisseur that the Cape Town-based, Food Network celebrity chef, Siba is. Her stall was packed to capacity as aspiring chefs gathered and listened attentively to chef par excellence.
The Common Factor
Born Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr in March 13, 1972, and better known by his stage name Common (formerly Common Sense), the American hip hop recording artist invited an overly confident random girl onto his stage to boogie down him but the poor damsel froze with fear as sweat ran down the singer’s face in rivulets. Being the gentleman that he is “The Light” hitmaker gave the lady a white towel to wipe off his sweat, demonstrating that he was truly home and dry in Africa.
Dancing again with Black Coffee
Despite the torrential downpour that overwhelmed Delicious prior to Black Coffee’s act, things calmed down when the South African record producer and DJ jumped on stage allowing everyone to witness the #Piecesofme hitmaker, as he delivered a monster set.
True to his name, the 41-year-old DJ served the copious Delicious crowd a sizzling hot cuppa black coffee making them dance in the rain, again and again. Accompanied by his formidable band, their execution was truly magical as they delivered a musically-charged set to the soaked and inebriated Delicious crowd.
This Is Africa (TIA)
Nigerian musician, Olufela Olufemi Anikulapo Kuti (born 16 June 1962), popularly known as Femi Kuti, born in London and raised in Lagos., brought all his A-game to the Delicious stage, leaving behind an unforgettable experience which will forever remain etched in the minds of those who devotedly enjoy his music. His lyrical prowess reverberated across the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit stage leaving everyone stunned. We also enjoyed performances from HHP and Sipho’ Hotstik’ Mabuse, as their fans sang along to every song they crooned.
Girl Power: Kudos to female MCs
This is just one of a few ways to make your event beautifully alluring. Delicious dangled the South African elite and “It Girl”, Nomzamo Mbatha alongside Kaya FM’s Bridget Masinga. The drop-dead gorgeous duo without an iota of doubt added the much-needed verve and sparkle to the colourful DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival. For them, it was not about who could scream the loudest but rather about piloting the show and introducing the next act.
I have always been particular about inexperienced MCs who always want to dull the sparkle of performing artists by yapping on and on without need. These two girls delivered well as if they had been forewarned or possibly read my bio. They were not your typical girl next door type outdoor event MCs and Mbatha has that thing that Somizi always talks about! Her co-host, Masinga also had to ask the Delicious crowd what it is that they liked about Mbatha, and were truly convinced she has that thing!
The Perfect Storm
I was truly impressed by the impeccable interpretations of the South African Weather Service. Prior to the cloudburst, Weather SA had announced right on time and revellers took cover under the provided marquees. They also provided estimates as to when the rain will stop, forcing me to mumble “Impeccable timing, your Majesty”; my favourite line from the American animated epic musical film, The Lion King. This sums up my notable moments at the 2017 DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival!