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Ladysmith Black Mambazo Presents Inanda Dam World Music Festival

In celebration of the summer holiday with promise of long lazy days, the Ladysmith Black Mambazo academy presents the first Inanda Dam World Music Festival featuring the stella line up of Ladysmith Black Mambazo; Lira; Oliver Mtukudzi; The Muffinz; The Legacy Mbuso Khoza; Steve Kekana; Shabalala Rythms, and Joe Nina to take place at Inanda Dam on Sunday 9 December 2018.

 

“Our intention is for this event to happen annually and become one of Durban’s and KZN’s signature festive season events. The idea is to feature some of Africa’s greatest music icons who have made it big globally as well as promoting African culture through music and other arts forms,” explains festival organiser Xolani Majozi.

Five times Grammy award winners –  Ladysmith Black Mambazo is one of the most globally iconic isicathamiya groups.  The legendary cothoza group has started a programme called Ladysmith Black Mambazo Mobile Academy – which is aimed at inspiring and upskilling young  isicathamiya musicians and also discovering talent  in acappella and indigenous music. They have been running workshops and masterclasses in various provinces to unearth new talent which will be showcased in this event.

“This will be a family-friendly fun event where music lovers can start their festive season with a relaxing day of great music. The event is also aiming at attracting people from all walks of life and from across the entire continent of Africa,” continues Majozi.

The event will happen during the day starting at 10am till 8pm. There will also be pop-up music stands on site where people will be encouraged to buy music of participating artists – to encourage people to buy authorised music, as Christmas gifts and event souvenirs. The festival will also encourage festival-goers to support local music and use it as a way of embracing other African cultures and heritage.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo will also use this event as a way of paying tribute to Nelson Mandela as we celebrate his centenary this year. Mandela was a great fan of Ladysmith Black Mambazo – highlighting that their music is a mobile academy of South African music and culture.

Inanda Dam festival tickets are now available at Computicket for  R200 per person. Children under the age of three will enter on free admission.

The public is advised to bring picnic baskets (no glass bottles allowed) and blankets, fold up chairs and sunhats. There will also be refreshments for sale.

The organisers wish to thank Ukhozi FM; Umsinsi Game Reserve and  Resort; National Department of Arts and Culture;  Durban Tourism; CMH Group; Ford, SABC 2, and Isolezwe .


Jazz At The Drakensberg

The Ukhahlamba region, will come alive when music lovers from all walks of life come together for the inaugural Jazz at the Drakensberg on Saturday, 3 November at the Royal Natal National Park.

The event will feature jazz artists such as Thandiswa Mazwai, Ernie Smith, Ndu Shezi and the award winning Nduduzo Makhathini, and hosted by SABC 1 Daily Thetha presenter, Kini Shandu. Jazz At The Drakensberg, is set to boost destination tourism and be a highlight in the tourism activities and event calendar of the region. “The vision is to attract international artists and travelers alike, we hope to grow it to become a three-day event, where visitors can immerse themselves in the beauty of the Drakensberg while enjoying the smooth sounds of jazz. We hope to capitalize on this advantage and bring national domestic touring markets to the Berg so that they can spend on local tourism products which will sustain local jobs,” Thabani Mazibuko, of Outrage Concepts.

Patrons are encouraged to bring along their picnic baskets, umbrellas, camp chairs and cooler boxes so that they can just sit back, relax and enjoy all the planned festivities.

Jazz at the Drakensberg is enjoying support from the national Department of Arts & Culture, National Lotteries Commission and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, a governmental organisation responsible for maintaining wildlife conservation areas and biodiversity. The Royal Natal National Park, offers one of the best scenic views, dramatic mountains and waterfalls and is located at the foothills of the majestic Drakensberg Mountains, it forms part of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site.

For the best experience, guests are encouraged to book their self-catering accommodation at the Tendele Resorts, situated in the Royal Natal  National Park.

Tickets for the Jazz At The Drakensberg, are now available at Computicket, R150 for general and R400 for VIP. Gates open at 10am.


Corona SunSets Festival Support Acts – who’s bringing the heat to Durban?

The Corona Sunsets Festival is coming to Durban in all its glory in September.  Featuring international headline artist Robin Schulz, no stranger to a Corona SunSets stage, who will be supported by a mindblowing lineup of local talent who will set the SunSet scene and whip the crowds into a frenzy of fun.

First up on that support lineup is Lady Zamar bringing some femininity to the stage and representing SA house music with her high-energy stage performance, no doubt including her current #1 ‘Collide’.

Then we have the Big Dawg, DJ Fresh; needing no intro to SA music fans.  Another act requiring no intro is Good Luck who has been bringing the heat to the rest of the world in 2018, and now its time they come back and show Durban some SunSets love!

Timo ODV is next up; showing their fans how multi-talented our local superstars truly are.  Local crooner Matthew Mole will join him and the rest of the lineup with his very SunSet mix of sexy and chill, bringing the crowd closer to the magical SunSet mandala moment.

Black Motion may have made it big internationally but are proudly homegrown, and their African-inspired house music will stand out amongst even this talented cast.  Don’t miss this set!

Then we have SAMA-Award winning DJ Kent who will be bringing his blend of vocal-infused house music to the stage. Joining him is Congalese superstar, Tresor, who brings the cool to the stage with his tropical sounding set, perfect for any SunSet moment.

His hometown fans will no doubt welcome Memeza hitmaker and homegrown man of the moment Benny Maverick loudly.

Last on the support lineup is local DJ Bhaskhar who will round off the event beautifully, ending the day/night on a memorable note.

The venue, the Shongweni Polo Club at Hillcrest, Durban, is a pristine equestrian club with rolling green hills that will be transformed for one day and night only into Durban’s SunSet home. Featuring a spacious dance floor, the requisite Mandala to salute the sunset, spiritual areas to absorb the collective joy and energy created by this event, vendors, amazing food to keep the energy up, and much more.

Date: Saturday 29 September

Venue: Shongweni Polo Club, Hill Crest, Durban

Doors open: 12PM

Ticket prices:

GA

R200 – Early Bird (SOLD OUT)

R300 – Phase 1

R400 – Final Phase

VIP

R500 – Early Bird (SOLD OUT)

R600 – Final Phase

VIP comes with a private bar – no queuing for drinks, well maintained private toilets, exclusive access parking and an elevated vantage point for the best views at the festival.

(Prices exclude booking fees)

Tickets are exclusively available from www.corona.nutickets.co.za

For more information on the event visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/584447611907597/ and Follow #CoronaSunSetsZA

STRICTLY NO UNDER 18’s ALLOWED, AND ALL ATTENDEES WILL REQUIRE IDENTIFICATION TO ENTER THE EVENT – ONLY ORIGINAL ID BOOK/CARD, DRIVERS LICENCE CARD OR PASSPORTS WILL BE ACCEPTED.


Lindelani Mkhize Presents The 2nd Edition Of Ignite To Durban

Legendary multi-faceted music mogul and businessman Lindelani Mkhize will yet again on 22 December this year, present his Ignite music showcase to Durban audiences. The lifestyle, music and development event takes place at the Presidential Atrium of the Moses Mabhida stadium-which will be transformed into an arena – a first for the venue.

Guests will literally ‘walk the President’s walk’ and can look forward to VIP treatment fit for royalty. From chauffeur-driven -rides, to an extravagant red-carpet experience and a musical showcase by SADEC’s raw talent who have been mentored and trained by Mkhize himself-Ignite 2017 promises to wow!

“As a result of the pressures of daily life and responsibility, by the end of the year we are tired and all we want is to unwind.  The Ignite lifestyle and music experience is the perfect outlet, designed to ease you into the festive mode through the merging of fashion, food, song and dance. Dress up, look good, feel good and indulge in some well-deserved VIP treatment. The first edition of Ignite was a great success and, it is with great excitement that I present this year’s edition of Ignite” said Lindelani Mkhize, the founder of Ignite and chairman of Contento Group.

Mkhize has described this year’s Ignite journey as fulfilling and worth the long days and sometimes sleepless nights. As part of a grueling selection process, unknown young up-and-coming artists are invited to submit their music material via the Ignite social media platforms in a bid to make the final cast which will perform at the event on 22 December.

The 60-member cast is predominantly made up of young people from different backgrounds who share a passion for the creative arts, and all they need is for someone to believe in them and give them an opportunity to showcase their talent. Ignite provides a platform for these artists to receive the training, mentoring and exposure they need to begin building their music careers. “In the past we have marveled at the development of our young cast from the exposure, from the likes of Nelisiwe who has since took on a spotlight through the famous soundtrack of TV series Lockdown ‘mama kaBafana’; Zinhle Madela from Mandeni who has since released a single with DJ Nastor; and is now getting bookings from event managers; as well as  the Vosloorus duo Siyakha Khitha & Khaya who have since been invited to join the Joyous Celebration cast as a result. We are confident that Ignite is really igniting the careers of young creatives, and this is our way of giving back to an industry that has given and continues to afford us with so much.” Mkhize continued.

“KZN is Summer” as all descend to the coast for the festive season, pack your black ties and evening gowns and be ready for an unforgettable evening at Moses Mabhida.


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