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What Went Down: Raise the Roof Event

By Tsediso Vincent Ramatsebe

As many South Africans enjoyed their Sunday as any other on 26 April, music fans gathered at Truth in Midrand to experience what was going to be a sonic affair of music and entertainment.


‘Raise the Roof’ brought together South African music fans alike at Truth in Midrand, formerly known as the snake park,  took place at the previously known snake park, Truth in Midland, one of SA’s respectable clubs. It boasted four massive stages hosted by arguably the biggest music labels in the country, mainly; Soul Candi Live & Soulistic Music (main stage), House Afrika, Cashtime Life, Afrotainment and Avant Garde Vintage .

Like every other big event, there was a delay that lasted about an hour which resulted in cutting out of artists like Cuebur. But no complaints reached the organisers, as normal party goers two hours after the planned time of the start of the event. Both House Heads and Hip-Hop Heads were spoiled for a choice between the either one of the house music stages or the hip hop stage respectively butfor some, it was a difficult choice to decide which of the stages was perfect to spend the night at.  Artists on the line-up included Afrotainment boss Dj Tira, Soulistic Music head honcho Black Coffee, House Afrika veteransVinni Da Vinci, DJ Christos, Ralf Gum and SAMA award winner K.O. amongst others.
The marvellous first lady of hip hop, MS Cosmo, was also in attendance. Credit must be given to the organisers, mainly Ricardo Da Costa and head of media for the event, Sheree O’Brien.  Everything ran smoothly and as far as we know, no violent activities occurred at the event. Alcohol and beverages were also reasonably priced, security was perfect and of course, the party environment was amazing.  

Raise the Roof will be an annual event from henceforth so look out for it.