First Thursdays is a collaboration between Studiosmart gallery and Poetic Thursdays - a live music and poetry platform that hosts monthly events in Soweto.
The show features local bands and DJs every month at Native Rebels Restaurant in Jabavu, Soweto. It stands right across the iconic Morris Isaacson High School and features a vintage rooftop with an aesthetically pleasing overview of Soweto spilling before your eyes.
The likes of Tubatsi Mpho Moloi, Pg 13, art24 and DJ Castro and others have graced this platform that I rapidly becoming a force to reckoned with in the Joburg arts scene. It is a formidable platform that the audience can enjoy and that the artists can take pride in.
Additionally, an exhibition by a well-known fine artist is another creative offering on show for the night.
This month headlines
Melody the Vocalist - A singer, songwriter and composer, she started recording her music in 2015 and has since then become a voice one cannot separate from the Soweto Music space, with her voice part of many ensembles and jam sessions. Of late though, she has been concentrating on her solo journey. She has already had critical responses on her YouTube and SoundCloud accounts among others.
Siza Nkosi is one of the most sought-after young voices and has been one of the names to look out for since coming onto the scene. She is a published author, and has also represented South Africa in Europe. In 2014 she published her first collection of poems.
Shameless Band is a 3-piece eclectic trio. They have been playing together for 3 years, and call their brand Nkabi Rock - a mixture of kwaito, meta riffs, slang and chants. They have been seen at Smoking dragon, Jam, Afro Bru and Soweto Arts and Craft alongside one of their icons Msaki.