From classical to kwaito - 83 of SA’s best on stage in epic collaboration


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!


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.


Multi 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. 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

Shortstraw, Bombshelter Beast, Goliath and Goliath and the National Youth Orchestra.

Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden

Tickets R150 per person online at or Computicket or R170 at the gate.

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Tickets for the concert are available at and Computicket. Children under 12 can enter for free. Gates will open at 12:00 and the performances will end at approximately 17:00. Everyone is welcome to bring picnic baskets (no glass or alcohol) and blankets. An on-site restaurant and tea garden are available; both serve alcoholic beverages.


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Sophia Welz

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About the SA National Youth Orchestra Foundation:
The South African National Youth Orchestra Foundation’s history began in 1964 with the first National Youth Orchestra camp being held in Gauteng under the auspices of the South African Society of Music Teachers. With a history of 50 years of orchestral development, the Foundation of the National Youth Orchestra supports the training and development of South Africa's young musicians through National Courses and National and International Tours within its annual programme. 71% of South African musicians currently performing with professional orchestras in the country have participated in our orchestra courses.

The Foundation promotes successful careers for internationally recognised musicians and the National Youth Orchestra has performed on international platforms.

About the National Lotteries Commission:
The NLC relies on funds from the proceeds of the National Lottery. The Lotteries Act guides the way in which NLC funding may be allocated. The intention of NLC funding is to make a difference to the lives of all South Africans, especially those more vulnerable and to improve the sustainability of the beneficiary organisations. Available funds are distributed to registered and qualifying non-profit organisations in the fields of charities; arts, culture and national heritage; and sport and recreation. By placing its emphasis on areas of greatest need and potential, the NLC contributes to South Africa’s development.