At first it looked like a celebration as the hand-picked group of artists from southern Africa took to the stage at Bassline on Sunday. But it soon became apparent that this was no celebration. The artists were there to make a political statement about the plight of people in Zimbabwe.
And if you looked carefully atthe audience, you saw not just music fans, but many activists. Artists and fans alike pitched up to support a good cause. The campaign, called Make Some Noise, was initiated two years ago to raise awareness about human rights in neighbouring Zimbabwe.
Among the artists who took part in Newtown in Johannesburg at Sunday's performances were Comrade Munro, Comrades Fatso, Sam Mutukudzi and Chirikure Chirikure from Zimbabwe, Kwani Experience and Thandiswa Mazwai and Lebo Mashile from South Africa. Mashile was also the MC for the evening. And our own Napo Masheane joined the people from Botswana to make some noise.
Activists, both black and white, came in large numbers to show their support for Zimbabwe and to condemn human rights violations in that country.