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Awesome Africa International Arts Festival For Durban

 

Awesome Africa International Arts Festival – April 26 and 27, 2015

 

Nibs van der Spuy and Guy Buttery

As a fitting finale to the Celebration of 20 years of Freedom and Democracy in South Africa, the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Arts and Culture, in partnership with Awesome Africa Festival Productions, is set to host the Awesome Africa International Arts Festival featuring a host of world-renowned performers across a number of genres. The festival will take place over two days in different venues, kicking off with a Gala Concert at The Playhouse on Sunday, April 26 and followed by a full day at the Sibusisiwe Community Hall and Lovelife Centre in Mandeni, iLembe District on the North Coast on Monday, April 27.

 

For the Playhouse concert, doors open at 5pm and the concert begins at 6pm. Headlining the festival is the legendary Salif Keita from Mali, the “Golden Voice of Africa”  whose place in the pantheon of African music has been well documented and revered. He performs with his dynamic 13 piece band from Dakar.

 

The award winning South African hip hop artist Khuli Chana in collaboration with MuzArt will also perform at both venues.  Khuli is a multitalented musician well known for his ‘Motswako’ rap style which includes street-talk and highly influential messages in Setswana, English and other South African languages. MuzArt is a five piece musical collective that has collaborated with noteworthy musician. The group was nominated for South African Music Awards, Metro FM Music Awards and UK’s Soul Survivor Awards.

 

Awesome Africa has become known for its unique collaborations in the past, and this year’s festival is no exception. The “Freedom Suite” collaboration, which will perform at both venues, brings together the extraordinary talents of South African living legend Ray Phiri together with the “Jimi Hendrix of the kora” N’Faly Kouyate from Guinea in West Africa, who besides fusing storytelling, jazz, dance and traditional griot music is also known for his collaborations with the Afro-Celt Sound System which blend Irish Celtic music with that of West African countries. The powerful and trance-like Drummers of Burundi fromCentral Africa will also form part of this unique collaboration.

 

Other featured artists are Christine Salem, the maloya superstar from Reunion Island, award-winning guitar maestros Nibs van der Spuy and Guy Buttery, the alluring maskandi duo Qadasi and Maqhinga Radebe, and a 72nd birthday homage to Steve Fataar who will perform with master Cape Town guitarist Errol Dyers. Pride of the Zulu will also serenade the audience with their accapella styled traditional melodies.

The Mandeni festival kicks off at 11am on Monday April 27 with a free Business Management Workshop for up and coming artists as well as relevant arts practitioners. Topics that will come under the spotlight include; performing platforms and funding, contracts and copyright, studio etiquette and the value of quality sound, the digital freeway and international marketing and identity.

 

A broad spectrum of genres will be represented and the illustrious visitors to Mandeni will include Ray Phiri, N’Faly Kouyate, The Drummers of Burundi, the ground breaking DJ Websta, Holly – known for her “Kasi” vibes, house music and crowd rocking stage performances, Christine Salem, Existing Consciousness and the sizzling Afro-Latino sounds from Napalma (Brazil / Mozambique).

 

In keeping with the theme of showcasing talent from the Mandeni, KwaDukuza, Ndwedwe and Maphumulo regions of iLembe, artists include traditional Indian sounds from Kalakara featuring Keeran Eshwarlall, traditional Zulu dancing with Amasokemvelo, popular gospel band Mandeni Soul Healers, choral accapella from Central Voices, maskanda star Sgora, kwaito sensations GS, Ndwandwe Sister and Ukujabula Kuyashiyana the winners of Ndwedwe’s Isigekle Competition. Comedian Siyanda Maphumulo, DJ Dope and Groutville’s Uhuru Poets Society will keep the audience entertained between sets. Festivities close at 9pm.

 

“Besides many pro-active socio-economic elements, the Festival commemorates Freedom Day by linking a concert in Durban with a project to take the music and the arts back to the people – in essence straight into the communities who have supported our fight for freedom and democracy.” says MEC for Arts & Culture Mrs Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Sapetha.  “This important synergy also addresses the vital aspects of social cohesion and nation building in our country. No longer will iconic events and artists be the domain only of the big cities.  Whilst offering our local artists a platform to showcase their talents on an international stage, this event also serves to bring a signature event to Durban as well as helping to boost tourism levels and create jobs in the Mandeni area.”

 

Tickets for both the Playhouse and Mandeni events are R150 per person available via Computicket and Shoprite Checkers. Tickets will be available at the door but it is preferable to book early.

 

For more information go to www.awesomeafrica.co.za, or call Gabi on 081 419 4509.

MTN Bushfire 2015 Is Coming

 

Africa’s most diverse world music and arts festival announced its main artist line-up at the official  launch event held in Swaziland on Wed March 25thMTN BUSHFIRE returns on May 29 – 31st 2015 with the most eclectic and star-studded line-up to date.

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Popular acts featured in the highly anticipated line-up include, Switzerland pop artists Kadebostany, Poni Hoax from France and from Madagascar, Jjoby in addition to Swaziland’s  Tlale Makhene.

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MTN BUSHFIRE is also thrilled to welcome back to the main stage South African acts The Soil, Freshlyground and international rock super-stars, The Parlotones. Other top South African acts to feature for the first time this year includeBongeziwe Mabandla and BCUC.

 

These newly announced artists will take their place alongside Grammy winning MTN BUSHFIRE 2015 headliners, Les Nubians. Other artists also previously announced include top South African acts Shortstraw, Australia’s Black Jesus Experience, as well as Mozambique’s Banda Kakana amongst many others.

 

 

The three full days of live musical perormances are complimented by a range of cultural and family-oriented activities which include The Barn, an interactive art, dialogue and performance space, the Global Food Village, the Handcraft and Design Marketplace  and the Kidzone hosting a dedicated programme for families

 

The main stage line-up for MTN BUSHFIRE 2015 reflects a truly global and diverse range of musical genres– hailing from as far afield as Australia, Turkey and Austria complimenting the many artists performing from African countries closer  to home..

 

MTN Bushfire 2015 Artist Line-Up

 

123 (Turkey)

 Since their formation in 2004, the Turkish indie pop band 123 has been dazzling audiences with their intriguing stories and dreamy melodies.

123 are supported by the Turkish Embassy of Mozambique.

Amandla Freedom Ensemble (South Africa)

An urban arts music collective of young jazz musicians dedicated to the advancement and preservation of the South African music legacy.

Banda Kakana (Mozambique)

Banda Kakana is a leading representative of a new generation of Mozambican bands, following in the celebrated footsteps of groups like Ghorwane, Eyuphuro and Orquestra Marrabenta Star of Mozambique.

Bashayi Bengoma  Ensemble (Swaziland)

An ensemble of traditional Swazi music, performed by artists from across Swaziland will gather to perform old and news songs, with lyrics poetically speaking about life, love and beauty.

BCUC (South Africa)

Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness (BCUC) consists of seven musicians from Soweto, South Africa. BCUC moves the audience both physically and emotionally with a sound derived straight from our ancestral lineage and demystifies the general worldviews about modern Africa.

Black Jesus Experience (Australia)

Black Jesus Experience blend traditional Ethiopian music  along with modern hip-hop and funk grooves.  Their rhymes & chimes deliver the musical strength and beauty of Africa through the vocal prism of hip-hop and the freedom of jazz.

Bongeziwe Mabandla (South Africa)

Two-time SAMA nominee, Bongeziwe Mabandla has been making waves at home and overseas with his blend of urban-African folk. He has performed at festivals in Germany and Spain, as well as opening for the likes of Joss Stone during her South African tour.

Culoe de Song (South Africa)

Top South African DJ and producer, Culoe de Song brings his energetic deep house set to the main stage of MTN BUSHFIRE 2015.

Swazi DJ’s 

Once again MTN Bushfire brings together the finest selection of Swazi DJ’s. MTN Bushfire presents: DJ Zoe, DJ Cream, DJ Mseto, DJ Mkay, DJ Peace and DJ Mixmash.

DJ Danger Ingozi (South Africa)

The ever-progressive DJ Danger Ingozi has been flexing his electro active polymers with a high voltage selection of forward thinking dance music, often infused with African, Baile, Balkan, Reggae, Tropicana and other World Beats.

DJ Okapi (South Africa)

DJ Okapi digs up South African “bubblegum/disco” gems from the late 80’s and early 90s.

Freshlyground (South Africa)

Freshlyground is on home ground! One of South Africa’s most treasured acts, at MTN BUSHFIRE They will perform old favourites as well as some brand new material. Fronted by the diminutive but dynamic Zolani Mahola, the band exudes a live performance energy that has been the bedrock of their success. Although hailing from diverse backgrounds, between them the band’s members weave a musical magic that is highly infectious and undeniably groovy.

Haja Madagascar & the Groovy People [Madagascar/ Congo/ Mozambique/Swaziland]

Charismatic guitarist, singer and multi-instrumentalist, Haja Madagascar collaborates with some of Africa’s finest musicians including; celebrated Congolese bass player Michel Lumana, drummer Stelio Mondlane from Mozambique and vocalists Spirits Indigenous from Swaziland.

This one off musical project of collaborating artists, are brought together by African Synergy and will be touring the 2015 Firefest route.

DJ InviZable & the Champions of the Sonarverse (South Africa)

A master of staging creative Guerrilla performances, DJ INVIZABLE, brings together the champions of the sonarverse for a mind-blowing experience.

Jaojoby (Madagascar)

Jaojoby is commonly recognised as the most popular singer in Madagascar and the Indian Ocean islands and is widely referred to as the “King of Salegy”. His success has earned him such honors as Artist of the Year in Madagascar for two consecutive years (1998–1999) and the role of Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund in 1999.

Jaojoby Firefest route tour is support by the Alliance Francaise.

Joana Serrat (Spain)

Inspired by American roots musicians including Roy Orbison, Neil Young and Bob Dylan, singer-songwriter Joana Serrat, from Barcelona, Spain, joins us this year to showcase her original blend of folk music.

Joana Serret is supported by the Spanish Embassy of Mozambique.

Kadebostany (Switzerland)

New colonists of the pop empire, Kadebostany have swiftly catapulted themselves into the spotlight with their irresistible blend of pop music. Their latest single, is featured as the theme song for the Blockbuster film, 50 Shades of Grey catapulting them into the global spotlight supported with an extensive world tour.

Kadebostany’s Firefest route tour is supported by ProHelvetia, South Africa.

Les Nubians (France)

Les Nubians are one of the most successful French speaking bands, best known for their Billboard R&B Single “Makeda” from their Grammy-nominated album Princesses Nubiennes.

LES NUBIANS’ newest album, NU REVOLUTION, perfectly sums up their Pan-African approach and ethos.

Nomsa M (Swaziland)

Nomsa M, has established herself a leading female Swazi vocalist. She’s best known for her traditional African jazz ‘Pop sound, delivered on stage with strength, passion and charisma.

The Parlotones (South Africa)

The Parlotones are one of the biggest rock bands to come out of South Africa. Having recently returned from a stint in the US,-The Parlotone’s share their latest material at MTN Bushfire 2015.

Poni Hoax (France)

French electro-rock band Poni Hoax, uniquely feature two keyboard players who are complimented by a traditional pop rhythm section. They are expected to deliver a distinctly retro inspired set at MTN BUSHFIRE 2015.

Poni Hoax are proudly supported by IFAS.

Ras Reggie & Ras Ritchie Project (Swaziland)

Ras Reggie, Co-Founder of the veteran Swazi Reggae group Imphandze and Black Roses teams with Ras Ritchie in an all-star Swazi line-up- Expect sweet reggae tunes!

Safeguard Young People Project (South Africa)

Imagine what it would be like if all adolescents and young people in South Africa are healthy, productive and empowered.

The UNFPA aims to contribute to this vision by uniting seven of the regions young, influential artists to communicate themes of social behaviour change.

Artists include KRTC (Swaziland) Zeus (Botswana) DJ Kaliwa (Zambia) The Dogg (Namibia) Bryan K (Zimbabwe) Stlofa (Lesotho) and Gwamba (Malawi).

Shortstraw (South Africa)

Having taken South Africa by storm with a series of radio hits, Johannesburg based indie-pop band, Shortstraw’s infectious summertime music is sure to deliver ideal festival vibes.

Sweet Sweet Moon (Austria)

Sweet Sweet Moon, features multi-instrumentalist Matthias Frey. His traditional singer songwriter approach has evolved, integrating a diverse musical skillset. On stage, expect bold orchestral style arrangements led by his violin and loop pedal.

Sweet Sweet Moon, is supported by the Austrian Embassy of South Africa.

Tlale Makhene (Swaziland)

Swazi groove master Tlale Makhene is recognised as Swaziland’s leading percussionist/composer. His prolific career has included producing and performing on over 300 jazz and world music album collaborations.

Tiale Makhene will be joined on stage with acclaimed musicians Helder Gonzaga   (Mozambique) Erik Paliani (Malawi) Bernice Boikanyo (SA)  and Thando Matsebula (SA). This regional music collaboration is sponsored by ProHelvitica..

Tonik and friends (South Africa/Swaziland)

TONIK present silent performances! Introducing headphones for individual members of the audience with personal volume control, a concert by TONIK is a revolutionary and immersive experience.

This year Tonik are set to perfume with Swazi musicians Smiles Makhama and Ralph Smit.

Transito (Mozambique/ USA/France)

Projecto TRANSITO is an acoustic journey of discovery between musicians of varied musical and cultural origins using traditional instruments from around the world.

True Vibenation (Zim/Australia)

Made up of African/Australian twins, this Australian band has developed a solid reputation for their electric live shows. True Vibenation bring a fresh approach to hip-hop, blending elements of afro-beat, jazz, dubstep, soul and Latin music to create a global sound.

The Soil (South Africa)

Platinum selling acapella trio, The Soil, are back by popular demand to the MTN BuUSHFIRE main stage. The group are best known for performing in a melodic township style, which they call Kasi Soul.

MTN BUSHFIRE 2015 TICKETS

Early bird tickets are available until March 31st from  the MTN BUSHFIRE website, www.bush-fire.com.

From April 1st physical tickets will be available from the MTN BUSHFIRE website and outlets in Maputo, Johannesburg and Swaziland. In Johannesburg, the Lucky Bean restaurant in Melville.

In Maputo, Bairro Bistro. In Swaziland, at the All Out Africa Internet Café  MTN service centres in Riverstone Mall and Corporate Place, as well as at Shak’s Gables, Rob’s Matsapha and E-Top Up in Bhunu Mall.

Make sure you are one of the 20,000 music and arts fans who “BRING THEIR FIRE” to the scenic farmlands of the Malkerns Valley to experience this unique event.

For more information and to purchase tickets: www.bush-fire.com  Also visit: www.facebook.com/MTNBushfire @BushfireFest

 

Simba teams up with 14th Annual Metro FM Music Awards and You Can Win Tickets

 

‘’Successful collaborations are all about sharing passions and pooling talents to produce something truly exciting.’’ This is according to Simba  Senior Brand Manager Zibuyile Mdlalose and provided the motivation for popular South African snack brand Simba, to partner with METRO FM and sponsor the best collaboration category at the upcoming METRO FM Music Awards.

Now in their 14th year, the annual METRO FM Music Awards serve to recognise and celebrate greatness in the local music industry, with a range of categories acknowledging all contributions.

Nominees in this year’s best collaboration category include: DJ Clock featuring Beatenberg Pluto; KO featuring Kid X Caracara; AKA featuring KO Run Jozi; AKA featuring Burna Boy, Da Les & JR All Eyes on Me and HHP featuring Harisson Crump, Asheru, Omarso Amazing.

‘’We are proud to keep company with the calibre of nominees recognised at this year’s METRO FM Music Awards. It’s all about celebrating home-grown influences and achievements – from music to snacks –  they all add flavour to our community and occasions, making up the rich South African culture we enjoy,’’ continued Zibuyile.

The ongoing success of the METRO FM Music Awards, which has become a significant highlight event on the local music calendar,provided Simba the impetus to partner with METRO FM – an iconic South African brand in its own right.

Simba takes its inspiration from the brand’s long and rich legacy as a social and family sharing brand entrenched in their Mapha philosophy, which promotes the joy found in sharing moments.  Simba has their own successful collaborations that they are equally proud of, the latest being the partnership with another South African legend to introduce Simba All Gold Tomato Sauce flavoured potato chips.

Embodying local flavours and tastes by combining the flavoursome balanced sweet and sour taste of All Gold Tomato Sauce flavour with the delicious Simba quality that fans have come to expect, creates an ideal sharing snack to enhance family fun times and delivers an authentic South African taste experience.

Uniting bold iconic flavours are fast becoming a Simba tradition. The latest offering follows on the heels of other popular flavour collaborations including; Simba Nandos Peri-Peri flavoured potato chips, Simba Mrs HS Balls Chutney flavoured potato chips as well as Simba Steers Monkey Gland Sauce flavoured potato chips. Moreover Simba also has their own winning flavour collaborations such as Salt & Vinegar and Cheese & Onion to provide a comprehensive range of snacking treats.

The greatest moments are for sharing and to celebrate Simba’s own collaboration with METRO FM check out the Simba Mapha competition that is currently running on the METRO FM Facebook page.  Mapha, which is at the heart of the Simba brand, taps into the joy of sharing and encouraging others to give or share treats and snacks in a fun environment. Enter now by in-boxing your Mapha moment, together with your full details to METRO FM and stand a chance of winning Simba Hampers and METRO FM Music Awards tickets. The best Mapha story wins. Listen to The Great Escape on METRO FM (Thursday and Friday) as Amon and Siphokazi could be calling you live on air!

For more information on Simba visit www.simba.co.za  or follow on Facebook.