Themba Njilo Festival date changed

2015-10-15 06:00

Pietermaritzburg’s own winner of the 2014 SABC2’s ‘I Want to Sing Gospel’ talent search, Nelly ka Dlamini, will               perform at the Themba Njilo Festival.

PHOTOS: FILE Pietermaritzburg’s own winner of the 2014 SABC2’s ‘I Want to Sing Gospel’ talent search, Nelly ka Dlamini, will perform at the Themba Njilo Festival.

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THE fund-raising Themba Njilo Festival, scheduled to take place at the Scottsville YMCA on 17 October will now take place on 31 October at the Alexandra Park.

Event organiser Themba Njilo said they decided to host an outdoor event since the YMCA has limited space.

“The line-up of artists remains the same, except we are waiting for a confirmation from Nathi Mankayi’s manager as he is due to perform at another event on the day. The festival will be even bigger as we have added other deejays including Durban Nite of the popular Shumaya song. We apologise to the Pietermaritzburg community for the inconvenience that might have been caused, however, those who have already bought tickets at Computicket will still be able to use them on the day.”

Artists include Ndoda Maphumulo, Nathi and Nkanyiso, Mvuselelo Buthelezi, Nelly ka Dlamini, Dumi Mkokstad, Mthokozisi Zakwe, Hlengiwe Mhlaba, Tzozo, Thina Zungu, Thobekile, Thokozani Langa, Bahubhe and Abazala. The festival, which is in its fourth year, is sponsored by the Themba­ Njilo Foundation, Echo, Uhologo productions and others.

Themba Njilo Foundation marketing manager Thula Mhlophe said the money raised during the festival will go towards helping impoverished KZN communities.

“Giving is something very close to Themba Njilo’s heart, as he founded the foundation so that there would be a formal structure that deals with assisting needy people. We have various social investment projects.

“We have bursary schemes for needy students and we also go to schools preaching about social ills. All these programmes rely on money that is generated through the Induduzo Funeral Home.

“By hosting such a festival we raise additional money for the foundation. We are calling on people to join us on our journey towards changing people’s lives.”

Most of the artists will perform for free since it is a fund-raising event.

Gates open at 10am. Tickets available at R100 from Computicket and R120 at the door. For more information, phone Mhlophe on 082 836 6403

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