Africa’s vibrant south

2009-08-29 00:00

THE soul of southern Africa comes alive during Heritage Month in a massive musical explosion at MMINO MusicMix: A Boundless Experience.

The two-day festival, which is central to the Celebrate Durban activities, will feature sounds and rhythms unique to sub-Saharan Africa at the ICC Arena in Durban from September 24 to September 25.

Besides a collaboration between the inimitable Johnny Clegg and the musical genius of Zimbabwe’s Oliver Mtukudzi, the festival also features a diverse selection of musicians, including Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Ray Phiri. And, in association with East Coast Radio, the legendary Hugh Masekela will perform with a seven-piece choir and his long-time friend, ex-Sankomota leader and gospel soloist Tsepo “The Village Pope” Tshola, as well as guest violinist, Tsepo Mngoma.

Also on the bill are some of the finest musicians from Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, Angola, Mozambique, Zambia, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

And — in a real festival coup — the highly acclaimed Nomad Touareg group, Etran Finatawa, from Niger will collaborate with the MMINO Boundless All Star Band led by Neill Solomon.

The festival celebrates the core ethos of Boundless Southern Africa, a brand that has been adopted by nine southern African countries.

Through a shared passion for nature, culture and community, seven unique and extraordinarily diverse transfrontier conservation areas (TFCAs) are showcased and promoted to investors and tourists around the world.

The MMINO MusicMix festival creates an exciting opportunity to promote the musical talent and culture from these countries and TFCAs. It also marks the culmination of a four- month Boundless Southern Africa expedition led by National Geographic explorer Kingsley Holgate, whose aim is to raise awareness of the TFCAs as tourist and investment destinations.

Free educational workshops with participating musicians will take place from 12-5 pm each day in the ICC foyer as part of the Boundless Southern Africa exhibition.

Booking for the two concerts can be made through Computicket.

Programme:

DAY 1 – Heritage Day, Thursday, September 24

12-6 pm: Boundless Southern Africa: Exhibition in ICC Foyer — free.

12-5 pm: Free workshops for musicians in ICC foyer.

6 pm: Concert in ICC arena featuring Oliver Mtukudzi (Zimbabwe), Botswana Student Society (Botswana), Moonga (Zambia), FouZulu (Mozambique), Bholoja (Swaziland), Sotho Sounds (Lesotho), Elemotho (Namibia), Adamu (Angola) with The MMINO Boundless All Star Band led by Neill Solomon and featuring special guests Ray Phiri, Etran Finatawa (Niger), Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Johnny Clegg.

DAY 2 – Friday, September 25

12-6 pm: Boundless Southern Africa: Exhibition in ICC Foyer – free.

12-5 pm: Free workshops for musicians in ICC foyer.

7 pm: Concert in ICC arena featuring Oliver Mtukudzi (Zimbabwe), Botswana Student Society (Botswana), Moonga (Zambia), FouZulu (Mozambique), Bholoja (Swaziland), Sotho Sounds (Lesotho), Elemotho (Namibia), Adamu (Angola) with The MMINO Boundless All Star Band led by Neill Solomon and featuring special guests Ray Phiri and Hugh Masekela with Tsepo Tshola and Tsepo Mngoma.

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