A JoBurg Girl Tells Us About Her City's Music and Nightlife

By Puleng Wilson / As Told to Abby Schreiber
Each week in our new column, "No Sleep Til...," we'll be talking to cool kids around the globe, asking them to fill us in about the bands, DJs, music venues and night spots they and their friends are obsessing over. Next time you visit their home city, leave your Fodor's and Lonely Planet guides behind and go party like a local instead.


Puleng Wilson



Where do you live?

Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa

What do you do there?

Sales promoter

What South African bands or DJs native are you obsessed with that we should know about?

I am obsessed with a DJ called Black Coffee from South Africa whom I discovered in the early 2000s when he was in a band called "Shana" before later starting his own thing as a solo artist/DJ and starting his own independent record label and making hits. His music is soulful house music, which South Africa loves and really respects.

Where are the cool places to see live music in Johannesburg?
The cool places to see live music in JoBurg are Bassline and Emperors Palace. They're the up market and sophisticated places to hear nice live music. [The crowd is] usually people in their late twenties and older.

What about your favorite bars and nightclubs?

I like going to a place called Liquid Blue in Melville and my favorite club is Avastar in Sandton, Johannesburg. Those places are the fancy clubs that you wanna go to when you wanna paint the town red. The people there are usually in their early 20's to early 30's. It's great!

What's a bar or nightclub you would NEVER go to in Johannesburg?

The club I would never go to in JoBurg is Hush in Rosebank. There have been cases of bouncers assaulting people!

Check out Puleng's DJ rec:

DJ Black Coffee -- Monkey See Monkey Do

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