By NAKAMPE LEKWDU
IT is that time of the year when music lovers from across the country hit the road up to the north for the Marula Music Festival in Phalaborwa.
Not only does this annual event boast the economy of the tiny mining town of Phalaborwa (loosely translated better than South/Johannesburg), but it also comes in handy for the local business people who makes a killing by either selling Mopani Worms, beads and other things or through accommodation.
This year’ series of events which will also be marking the show’s 10th year anniversary kicked off with the Media Launch on February 6, followed by Ku Luma Nguva/ Go Loma Morula Heritage Phenomenon a day later.
Other events ahead of the two main festival include Limpopo Marula Festival Street Parade plus Limpopo Marula Festival Bulletjies (Youth Rugby) both on February 21 then the Limpopo Marula Festival Tourism Career Expo plus Themed Cultural Days Cuisine Ala Marula from February 23-27 with Limpopo Marula Festival Fun Fair Park from 20-28 February followed by Marula Festival SMME’s Exhibition from February 23-28, the Limpopo Marula Festival 4 By 4 Challenge plus Limpopo Marula Festival Golf Challenge both on February 27 and 28 and then the Limpopo Marula Festival Half Marathon also taking place on February 28.
The event will leap top the next level in the afternoon of February 21 at the Impala Park Stadium with top Kwaito arts keeping music lovers on their toes.
Topping the list on Kwaito’s line-up include Limpopo’s own, Candy, Oskido, Professor, Tira, Uhuru, Jaquar Paw, A.K.A, Complexion, K.O, Dream Team, Busisiwe, Bucie, Sucka V, DJ Zinhle.
The festival will reach the climax on February 28 with Limpopo’s top Jazz artists such as Jonas Gwangwa, Malatji, Selaelo Selota, Joe Shirimane, Dr Thomas Chauke, Don Laka sharing the stage with the likes of Jimmy Dludlu and General Muzka in what is expected to be an explosive and a remarkable performance this year.