BIG day for Durban

2015-07-29 06:00
AKA performs at the Durban Country Club during a live broadcast of East Coast Breakfast with Darren Maule. PHOTOS: 

AKA performs at the Durban Country Club during a live broadcast of East Coast Breakfast with Darren Maule. PHOTOS: supplied

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MAFIKIZOLO can’t wait to hit the stage and get their fans on their feet dancing at BP Durban Day at People’s Park, Moses Mabhida Stadium, on 6 September.

“We’re very excited. Last year was absolutely amazing. Everyone was dancing and singing along to the music … we hope that it will be the same this time,” said Theo Kgosinkwe

“We will be doing some tracks that people know, but we will also be incorporating new songs and there will be some outfit changes to make it more exciting.” said Nhlanhla Nciza.

Mafikizolo was one of three acts announced during a broadcast of East Coast Breakfast with Darren Maule at the Durban Country Club.

Also heading to Durban Day this year are Prime Circle, represented at the launch by vocalist Ross Learmonth, and rapper AKA, who performed his smash hit Congratulate.

Mafikizolo, who delivered an a capella version of their song Ndihamba Nawe, are doing a number of collaborations with musicians across the African continent, including Nigerian superstar Davido.

They will also be travelling into Africa to perform concerts and on 28 September British fans will enjoy their act when they perform at Dance Afrique in London.

“We will be on stage with artists like Akon. We did Dance Afrique in Dubai last year and are excited to be part of the concert in London.”

Asked if they still loved performing Ndihamba Nawe, Nciza said it remains a favourite.

“The song is over 10 years old, but we get the same reaction every time we play it. I love it because it is the first song that got us out there, that got us recognition at home.”

Learmonth said he and his Prime Circle bandmates can’t wait to reconnect with the KZN fans.

“Without the fans, we would be nothing. And I don’t ever want to do anything else. Creating music for a living is a privilege.”

AKA is also excited to perform at the concert.

“I have a lot of fans in KZN and am always really well supported … big thank you to East Coast Radio for inviting me to perform.”

Joining Mafikizolo, Prime Circle and AKA at BP Durban Day with East Coast Radio will be Durban EDM favourites Veranda Panda, pop-rock band MonArk, trailblazing performer Thandiswa Mazwai, Durban Day favourites MiCasa, Cape Town trio Beatenberg, singer-songwriter Matthew Mole and rapper Khuli Chana.

The curtain-raiser will be the winner of East Coast Radio’s #BeTheBand competition. The finals of the competition will be held at Palm Court, Gateway Theatre of Shopping in Umhlanga, on 8 August.

Tickets for BP Durban Day with East Coast Radio are R180 (free entry to under threes and R20 for children between three and 12). Book at Computicket.

Gates open at 11.30am. More details can be found at

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