It’s an Africa Day celebration

2010-05-28 06:45

All roads will lead to Kempton Park on the East Rand tomorrow for

the annual celebration of Africa Day.

The full-day event will be a countdown to kick-off of the 2010 Fifa

World Cup on June 11.

The organisers have strung together an impressive list of acts from

across the continent including Nigeria’s D’Banj, better known as


The local queen of Afro-pop, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, will front

proceedings before hip-hop MCs HHP and Teargas take to the stage.

Ntombi, the daughter of Maskandi legend Ihash’ Elimhlophe, will

also be in the mix with Idols winner Sasha Lee and spoken-word artist Mak


Manou Gallo from the Ivory Coast and Cameroon’s Wax are billed to make

performances. The pair is currently in demand across the world with Wax being

named man of the month by US magazine Ladybrille.

This year’s festivities, to be held at the Dries Niemand Park in

Kempton Park, promise to be enough for the entire family to enjoy.

President Jacob Zuma is set to make an address early in the day

before a development programme soccer match will be played, followed by cultural


Poetry and dance shows will precede the late-night concert to be

broadcast on SABC 2 at 9pm.

The continent celebrated Africa Day officially on Tuesday. Africa

Day is a commemoration of the day on which the Organisation of African Unity –

now known as the African Union – was formed in 1963.

The day acknowledges the progress that Africans have made and

reflects on the common challenges we face.

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