With an incredible line-up of international and local artists and delectable choice of gourmet food, the fifth DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival is set to live up to its reputation as South Africa’s top culinary and entertainment festival. Running over two days on Saturday, 7 and Sunday, 8 October, the headline act for the Saturday will be the Academy Award-, Golden Globe- and Grammy-winning actor and hip-hop recording artist, Common.

Festivalgoers are in for a rare treat with some of the best rap songs from his 11 studio albums. Common’s 11th studio album Black America Again, released in November 2016, includes the socially conscious single Black America Again featuring Stevie Wonder, as well 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 includes international music heavy- weights such as Imagination feat John Leee; British soul singer, songwriter and musician Omar, who received an MBE for services to the British Music Industry in 2012; American-born R&B musician Alexander O’Neal, who has created a cult following across the globe; and Nigerian award-winning world music artist Femi Kuti.

The multi-award winning British soul group Imagination feat Leee John, is best known for its classic hits such as Body Talk, Just An illusion, Flashback, Music & Lights and Changes. With sales of more than 30 million albums worldwide, the legacy of Imagination’s music lives on through a long list of samples, remixes and adaptations by major contemporary stars. Destiny’s Child (with Beyoncé) sampled

Just An illusion on their 1998 self-titled debut album. Leee himself featured on DJ Dero’s 2005 rendition of the song, which was widely played in clubs. The same year saw Mariah Carey reuse the track on her top ten single Get Your Number. Flashback was sampled by Boards of Canada, Music & Lights by Tiger & Woods, All Night Loving by 88 Keys feat Kanye West.

Alexander O’Neal is one of R&Bs most iconic names, with chart smash 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 be the solo artist he is today.

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 well- established leading icon of the UK’s resurgent soul movement, Omar 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, Femi 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 numerous industry giants such as Mos Def, Common, Jane’s Addiction and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

Lloyd Cornwall, director of the festival says the first DStv Delicious Festival held in 2013 took place over only one day. “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 Grand Prix 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 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

General Access Ticket

R495 per person per day
R800 per person for a weekend pass (Saturday & Sunday) Includes the following:

• Access into festival grounds
• Access to general public areas (General Access standing area, food

market, exhibitions, DStv channel activations, the GA public bars)

Ciroc Terrace Lounge

R1295 per person per day
R2100 per person for a weekend pass (Saturday & Sunday) Includes the following:

• Situated on exclusive VIP terrace
• VIP Lounge
• VIP Parking (one parking pass per two tickets bought, parking pass

will be emailed) • VIP Entrance
• VIP Bathrooms

• Premium Cash Bar
• Tented lounge and furniture
• Hostesses
• Viewing Deck, sight lines to main stage and view over festival • Fenced garden

Kids Zone

R150 per child per day (restricted to ages: 3-13)

Includes the following:

  • Access into festival grounds
  • Access to general public areas (General Access standing area,food market, exhibitions, DStv channel activations)
  • Access into Kids Zone area for Kids ages 3 to 13 yearsDStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival is held in proud association with Gauteng Tourism Authority, Proudly South African, Kaya FM, Independent Newspapers, Coca-Cola, J&B, Ciroc, Johnnie Walker, Tanqueray, Castle Milk Stout, Jeep, Generosity Water, Uva Mira Mountain Vineyards and Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit, Flight Centre and The Tim Tebeila Foundation