Ugu song bird selected for Cape Town Jazz Festival

2016-03-31 06:00
PHOTO: supplied Afrika Cele at an interview.

PHOTO: supplied Afrika Cele at an interview.

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SONG bird Afrika Cele of Mtwalume has been selected as the only KZN artist­ to perform at the International Cape Town Jazz Festival on Friday, 1 April.

Afrika said she is overwhelmed by the invitation.

“I am really out of words. I am just an upcoming artist who is trying to make my mark in the music industry and already I have been chosen to be part of such a big event. It means a lot to me.”

This opportunity, she said, has always been apart of her dream of putting the South Coast on the map, especially when it comes to the music industry.

“There are many up and coming artists on the South Coast who dream of making it big, but there are also a number of them who are already big, but who forget where they come from.

“If they are in Johannesburg they forget to say they are from the South Coast, which is disappointing.

“I will make sure that everyone knows I am representing not only the province, but Port Shepstone, my home town,” she said.

Afrika said this opportunity was given to her by The KwaZulu-Natal United Music Industry Association (Kumisa), a non-profit, regional music industry organisation in Durban that serves and represents the interests of the music industry in KZN, nationally and internationally.

“Kumisa asked us to enter a competition where one entrant would be chosen to go to the jazz festival, and I was chosen.”

Afrika will be performing her hit song, at the opening of the festival on 1 April.

“I will be performing Wish I Could Fly because the song tells the story of how I want to succeed as a young artist.”

Afrika promised to “drop” her single soon.

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