By ERIC PHIRI AND NAKAMPE LEKWADU
THE mining town of LIMPOPO, Phalaborwa is gearing itself for one of the biggest event in the music industry in the form of the annual Limpopo Marula Music Festival.
Unlike in the other years, this time organisers, Ba-Phalaborwa Municipality, Munghana Lo Nene FM and Ziyaphenduka Promotions have gone all out in making sure they organise one of the best festival to have ever witnessed in the Southern Africa which will see three music categories taking place from the first event to the last that will surely leave a legacy in this tiny gate-way town to the great Kruger National Park.
The event which will also ensure all the ingredients, musically, sporting-wise and overall entertainment, including educating local musicians through workshops that will be held during these nine-day event which will also see the marula beer as the thirst quencher as the order of the day kicks-off with the Kwaito/DJ’s Festival on March 1, followed by the Kwaito Festival on March 8 before the Jazz Festival could wrap the proceedings on March 9.
With the country’s top DJ’s and musicians having confirmed their presence in this festival, there is no doubt that this will be the occasion when three components of music genres will be interspersed to equitably entertain audiences throughout.
The curtain in this event will be opened at the Namakgale Stadium with the country’s cream of DJ’s and Kwaito such as DJ Cleo and DJ Sbu rocking the North with their enigmatic rhythms that will keep audiences to their toes. Other Kwaito stars on the day will include none other than Problem Child, Oskido, DJ Ganyani, MahootavsVetkoek, Elvovo, Mshangani, Magilo, Ralf Gum, DJ Brian and DJ Magubane (both from Munghana Lo Nene FM).
The entrance for this festival will cost R120 per person, and tickets are available at computickets and Shoprite/Checkers outlets.
The second festival to be held at the Impala Park Rugby Stadium in Phalaborwa will see the who is who in the Gospel Music industry taking to the stage on March 2 with the likes of Pastor SollyMahlangu, Benjamin Dube and the most celebrated WinnieMashaba taking to the stage while making sure that the Holy Spirit really fall and bless the people of Ba-Phalaborwa and all in attendance. Other artists to be featured in this category include SfisoNcwane, Worship House, Israel Mosehla, Kenny Shivangu and Go Explo.
The show starts at 3pm and entrance fee is R120 and VIP at R1 500 (tickets are available at computickets and Shoprite/Checkers outlets.
The event will reach its climax on Saturday, March 9 at the Impala Park Rugby Stadium in Phalaborwa in the Jazz and Traditional Music Festival with top musicians taking to the stage featuring the likes of CaiphusSemenya and LettaMbuli, RingoMadlingos, Stimela, Mocca, Joe Shirimane, General Muzka, Colbert Mukwevho and Basadi Women Jazz
The show starts at 2pm till late and entrance fee will be R200 and with the VIP ticket costing R1 500 at computickets and Shoprite/Checkers outlets
Apart from the music festival, there will be other activities throughout the week such as follows in order per day:
Day Three: March 3rd, the fashion loverswill be spoilt with different patterns from local fashion designers that will take place at the Impala Park stadium.
Day Five: March 5th will be dedicated to a Music Workshop and Instrument Exhibition at the Impala Sports Hall while Day Six: March 6th at the Impala Park Stadium, there will be the Music/Tourism Career Guidance & Children’s Play Garden.
Also to be featured on the same day (March 6th), will be the MEC’s Dialogue with Tourism Stakeholders to share ideas on how to enhance the flourishing tourism industry in Limpopo and the creation of a synergized tourism environment with neighboring provinces and countries.
If you’ve ever tasted the mouth-watering cuisine of the north, then you better not miss out on this one,
Day Seven: March 7th once again the Marula a la cuisine will take place at the Moshate School of Hospitality, even first-timers are welcome to join the club and be mesmerized.
Day Eight: March 8th, Is a special and funny Carnival Day – at the crack of dawn, the Marula Golf Challenge gets underway at the Hans Merensky Country Estate. No sooner will the golf have been completed, then the Harley Davison Bikers will lead a procession comprising of traditional dancers and many other stakeholders from the Mayor’s Parlour into the main town of Phalaborwa and ending up at the Impala Park Stadium.
What’s also in store on Day Eight will be Game drives and Walks at the Letaba Range and a Sunset Cruise at the Shonalanga Lodge. The day will be complemented with a Gala Dinner featuring Comedy and a Fashion Show.