Freshlyground LIVE at St Francis Links

Fri Sep 6, 19:00 - Fri Sep 6, 21:00
St Francis Links Clubhouse


Freshlyground formed in early 2002, and is made up of musicians from South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Fronted by the dynamic Zolani Mahola, the band exudes a live performance energy that has been the bedrock of their success. In 2003 Freshlyground launched their debut album “Jika Jika” under their own Freeground Records label, cementing the band as one of South Africa’s most successful young acts.

Freshlyground’s second studio album, “Nomvula,” was recorded in 2004 and released by Sony BMG Africa. The single Doo Be Doo found instant success across radio stations, becoming the most played song in South Africa in 2005. The singles “I’d Like,” “Zithande,” “Things Have Changed” and the title track of the album “Nomvula”, followed “Doo Be Doo’s” success.

The album sold over 300 000 units in South Africa alone - earning it multi-platinum status. The success and broad appeal of the band was celebrated in November 2006 when Freshlyground won the MTV Europe Award in the category Best African Act. The award placed the band firmly on the international music map and earned them further recognition on home soil as significant South African cultural exports.

“Ma Cheri,” the band’s third studio album, released in 2007, followed “Nomvula.” “Ma Cheri” sold multi platinum in South Africa and the single Pot Belly became another major crossover success.

In 2009 Freshlyground completed four sold out tours in Europe and toured China, the United States of America and Canada for the first time, making the band one of a handful of South African acts to find international success across multiple continents.

In 2010 Freshlyground released the gold selling album “Radio Africa”. The band’s forth studio album broadcast their unique sound to the rest of the continent and the world. While putting the finishing touches to “Radio Africa” in New York in February of 2010 the band teamed up with Shakira to produce the Official Song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup: “Waka Waka - This Time For Africa”.

The band went back into studio in 2012 to record their fifth studio album, “Take Me To The Dance,” with award winning studio engineer Dave Langemann and Grammy award winning producer Steve Berlin. The collaboration with DJ Headroom on the title track Take Me To The Dance displays the band’s flexibility and latitude. In 2013 the band released the album in the United States on the Word of Mouth label, this was followed by a US tour that included a show at the prestigious New York venue, The Apollo. The release of the album was immediately followed by a rave review on the popular NPR show, All Things Considered and topped the US iTunes World Music chart.

On a recent visit to South Africa in June 2013 during a speech at the University of Cape Town, President Barack Obama cited Freshlyground as an example of what South Africa has given the world.

Freshlyground released their sixth studio album Can’t Stop, produced by Tore Johanssen (Cardigans, OK Go, Franz Ferdinand) early 2018, which features the #1 hit single BLCK GRLS, and the anti-corruption song Banana Republic released on Freedom Day in South Africa.


SCHEDULE (times serve as 'start times' and duration may vary):

17h00: Doors Open

18h00 - 19h00: Parking, Seating & Food Service

19h15: Freshlyground



RIGHTS OF ADMISSION: The organisers, sponsors, agents or employees reserve the right of admittance to the event under all circumstances. No liquor may be sold to, or consumed by, persons under the age of 18. No weapons, drugs or any other illegal substances may be brought into the premises. By entering this event, you agree that you may be searched by any security agent or employee of the same sex at any time. INDEMNITY: The organisers, the artists, the venue, and all sponsors, servants, agents or employees of this event, shall have no liability whatsoever for any loss of, or damage to, any property of any person, nor for any personal injury or death of any person whatsoever, howsoever any loss, damage or injury or death shall arise, including that arising from any negligence, gross negligence, act or omission by the organisers, venue and all sponsors, servants, agents or employees or any other person duly authorised to act for and on behalf of the organisers.

MINORS: Children (ages 5 - 12) welcome. All under 18's to be accompanied by a parent or guardian - NO EXCEPTIONS will be made.


Freshlyground LIVE at St Francis Links
St Francis Links Clubhouse
St Francis Links, St Francis Bay, 6312
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