Festival to showcase EC’s rich talent

SING IT LOUD: One of the headliners billed for the Buyel’ekhaya Pan African Music Festival is Xitsonga artist Sho Madjozi, whose song ‘John Cena’ went viral Picture: SUPPLIED

The annual Buyel’ekhaya Pan African Music Festival is set to take revellers by storm at Buffalo Park Cricket Stadium on December 15.

The 2019 line-up includes Eastern Cape artists such as Zonke, the Jaziel Brothers and Nathi, alongside national headliners such as Sho Madjozi and Vusi Mahlasela.

Founder Nomahlubi Mazwai said the festival was established in 2009 with a vision of turning the Eastern Cape into a cultural powerhouse.

“Each year, the country’s finest kick off the holiday festivities with their display of excellence on stage and at the music and fashion workshops and fashion show beforehand.

“Song, dance and fashion are part of their vision to give full expression to the tenets of culture that form a central part of the African lifestyle,” Mazwai said.

Mazwai said the festival had extensive socio-economic benefits for the region.

“We also focus on developmental workshops for locals in order to ensure various demand-supply gaps in the creative arts industries are narrowed and that East London’s human capital has the capacity to service tourists and other important stakeholders at all times,” she said.

Xitsonga artist Sho Majdozi’s song John Cena went viral recently and reached the ears of the US wrestler and actor.

The music festival will be preceded by the highly- anticipated fourth installment of the Buyel’ekhya Fashion Show.

As previously reported in the GO! (Annual designers workshop, October 10), local designers will showcase their creative designs at the glitzy event to be held at Hemingways Mall on December 13.

Tickets for the music festival are available at Computicket, Shoprite and Checkers, from R250 per person. Gates to open at 12pm.

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