By SYDNEY MORWENG
Mangaung African Cultural Festival is upon us once again. With only couple of weeks before the curtains are lifted for the sought after music event in the South African showbiz calendar, expectations are too high to anticipate.
Macufe has been identified as a melting-pot for economic emancipation in the Free State province hence it has received substantial backing from the local Government and private sector. In the past it was marred by controversies and maladministration which almost lost its value and meaning.
This years’ build-up begins with community participation in various arts, cultural dance, and other spheres from October 3 to 12 2010.
Having a knack to unearth raw talent particularly from the Free State province, this year’ organizers upped the antae by soliciting the services of legendaries and jazz exponents such as Jonathan Butler, Allan Vollenweider, Gerald Albright, Salif Keita, Ringo Madlingozi and others.
The dynamic Puff Johnson who is still sorting out her passport debacle has been billed to wow the fans once again. After all SA is her second home or kanjani?
Comedy shows boasting new sponsor Dstv has heavyweights in the likes of Trevor Noah and Kagiso Lediga amongst others.
House musos versus kwaito kingpins such as Big Nuz, Mahoota vs Vetkoek, • Dr. Duda • SBU • Teargas • C’ndo •T’Bo Touch • Rulf Gum • Ba2Cada • Oskido • Stone • Black Coffee • Kaya • Kent • Hally (International) • Uhuru • All* • Shaxe • Rocco •Zinhle • Sfate • Christos • Bond • RubyRedd • Glen Lewis • Poka • Finzo • Natease • KG Smalls • Liquid Deep • Dj Tira • Fistas Mixwell • Vetkoek/Mahoota •Jason & Senzo (Generations) • Popeye & Spinach (Zone 14) Bakstene (Zone 14) Chappel • Lufuno (Muvhango) • Phela (Muvhango & live) will battle it out. Its’ a must attend, if you know what’s good for you. Period!
Another added dimension to Macufe is the theatrical play Mabbrr -in honour of Brenda Fassie -starring Winnie Khumalo and Lesego Motsepe. The show has been critically acclaimed for depicting true life of the legend.
Sunday- owing to pounding headache and sleepless nights, that’s how far I would go-, sees the Free State darlings Bloemfontein Celtic entertaining Kaizer Chiefs once again.
These regular clubs should live up to the fans expectations by banging in goals and excite us. Please!
So lets flaunt what our mamas and papas gave us. ‘Sebe so jewa ka thabo le nyakallo’. Amen!
For tickets and detailed programme of other events and venues, visit: www.macufe.co.za.