Shifty Records, the Alliance Française of Johannesburg & the South African History Archive (SAHA) present SHIFTY SEPTEMBER:
A Heritage Month tribute to the Shifty Records music label, combining exhibitions, documentary screenings, panel discussions and, of course, concerts to celebrate the Shifty story of musical activism in the struggle for democracy in South Africa.
Shifty September took place in Johannesburg throughout September 2014 to celebrate Shifty's 30th birthday, the 25th anniversary of the groundbreaking Voëlvry tour and to mark 20 years of democracy in South Africa.
The intention behind the Shifty September programme was to:
- Celebrate Shifty's legacy by drawing attention to its rich history and back catalogue at events, and with multiple compilation and commemoration album releases throughout the month, culminating in the SHIFTY HERITAGE MUSIC FESTIVAL: Viva la Différence! at the Bassline on 24 September 2014;
- Use the Shifty Story as a lens to consider the role of protest music in the making of democracy in South Africa through exhibitions, discussions and screenings;
- Provide wider public access to this history of musical activism through SAHA's archives (to be available for public consultation at Constitution Hill and online from September 2014);
- Raise funds for further exciting Shifty projects beyond Shifty September.