Buyel’ekhaya set to wow

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EAST LONDON will be hosting its people and those travelling with the finest and most talented, known up and coming artists in the country.

The Annual Buyel’ekhaya Pan African Festival returns for its ninth successive year on December 17 as a means of ploughing back meaningfully to the development of the province’s youth. The programme this year will include the second installment of the Buyel’ekhaya Fashion Development Programme.

Once again, emerging Eastern Cape designers have been chosen to participate in an intense skills development and mentorship programme with top designers Thula Sindi and David Tlale.

“These emerging designers will showcase alongside internationally renowned Eastern Cape designer Laduma Ngxokolo, iconic designers David Tlale, Thula Sindi and GertJohan Coetzee as well as Taibo Bacar of Mozambique.

She said performances by Oliver Mtukudzi, Amanda Black, Zahara, Black Coffee, Distruction Boyz, Vusi Nova and many more can be expected.

Festival founder Nomahlubi Mazwai believes it is pivotal to the sustainability of festivals to continue to contribute meaningfully to the communities to which they belong.

“The Eastern Cape is a province that, despite its wealth of culture and heritage, continues to be defined as the poorest province in South Africa, with the highest rate of youth unemployment.

Buyel’Ekhaya has pioneered initiatives aimed at exposing and developing the latent talent that resides within the Eastern Cape youth, through strategic partnerships with the National Department of Arts and Culture, the Buffalo City metropolitan municipality, the Fibre Processing and Manufacturing Seta, the National Lotteries Commission, the Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency and the SABC.”

Mazwai said. In 2016, Buyel’Ekhaya produced a world-class production showcasing the best of African music talent to 23000 festival goers from all over the country. The 2017 edition of Buyel’Ekhaya promises to be an even bigger and better experience for those in the province and tourists alike with a line-up featuring headline acts.

Meanwhile, the Northern Cape will also be holding its 2017 Metro FM Heatwave in Kimberley on December 16, which aims to create employment for people in the community.

Metro FM Heatwave event organiser Kgomotso Modiragale says about 400 temporary jobs will be created at this event. “These temporary jobs will vary from security guards to productions and having interns that are studying or have studied event management,” Modiragale said.

He said there will be a food court where people are able to sell food as well as arts and crafts. The event will take place at De Beers stadium from 12pm to 4am hosted by radio and TV personalities, Somizi Mhlongo and Pearl Modiadie.

SISANDA MADWANTSI     sisandam@thenewage.co.za

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