December Performances in Johannesburg



To the Roots hosts South Africa’s best loved music and artists, performing together in aid of the National Youth Orchestra’s Bursary Fund at the magnificent Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden on 11 December. Shortstraw, Bombshelter Beast, Goliath and Goliath and the National Youth Orchestra are all in the line-up. It’s the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon to kick off the December holidays in style!

A live broadcast from the SABC M1 Studio on SAfm is on Monday 12 December, and our final concert is at the Linder Auditorium on 14 December. Thank you to our venue partners, the SABC Foundation and the Music Department at the Wits School of Arts.

The National Youth Orchestra, the green and gold team of our most talented young musicians, is embarking on an adventure in cutting-edge South African performance in a new collaboration with Bombshelter Beast, a genre-busting music collective of some of SA’s most colourful and innovative musicians. Think Black Cat White Cat meets Brenda Fassie – add an opera singer, a polish refugee, a Manchester born kwaito star and SA’s most cunning linguist, and you have half the picture. The other half is best experienced live! Be taken on a journey from baroque to boeremusiek, comedy to kwaito, and a lot in between – a new South African sound that’s best served hot! Bring comfortable shoes to dance in – your feet will thank you.

shortstraw2Multi award-winning Jozi indie rock band Shortstraw, who have just released their single T-shirt, are thrilled to play at To the Roots and contribute their talent in aid of the National Youth Orchestra’s Bursary Fund. As bassist, Russell Grant, shared: “We’re always excited to support an organisation or initiative that brings more musicians into the world, and something that gives kids an amazing ability in their lives. Whether it becomes a career or just a passion, you always have this ability and music in your life and that’s awesome.”

National Youth Orchestra concerts are made possible by the National Lotteries Commission, the Department of Arts and Culture, the SABC Foundation, the Academy of Sound Engineering and the SAMRO Foundation cialis canada generic. Gates open at 12:00 on Sunday 11 December, and tickets are available now on as well as at Computicket. For more information please visit



Show details:

11 December 2016, 14:00 – Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden, Roodepoort

Shortstraw, Bombshelter Beast, Goliath and Goliath and the National Youth Orchestra all performing in aid of the National Youth Orchestra’s Bursary Fund. A wonderful Sunday afternoon spent in the magnificent botanical garden – book ahead to save, tickets are more expensive at the gate. Children under 12 get in for free.
Tickets R150 per person online at or Computicket or R170 at the gate.

12 December 2016, 19:00 – SABC M1 Studio, Auckland Park, Johannesburg

Tickets available at Computicket
Be part of the select audience our live broadcast on SAfm at the SABC M1 Studio with Bombshelter Beast and the National Youth Orchestra. The String Orchestra will be lead by Pavel Fischer (Czech Republic), and the Wind Orchestra by Bjørn Breistein (Norway). The programme includes everything from Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 to our very own version of Weekend Special, arranged by Marcus Wyatt.

14 December 2016, 20:00 – Linder Auditorium, Parktown

Tickets available at Computicket

Our final concert of this special programme in the magnificent Linder Auditorium, kindly sponsored by the Music Department at the Wits School of Arts. Let’s fill the Linder and dance, dance, dance!