Magic in Mapungubwe

By Drum Digital
10 January 2017

This years Mapungubwe Arts, Culture and Heritage Festival, which took place at the Polokwane Cricket Club in Limpopo, culminated with a musical celebration that was quite a spectacle

The show's line-up included crowd-pleasers such as Thandiswa Mazwai and Caiphus Semenya, but was headlined by multiple Grammy winner Angelique Kidjo.

Limpopo's MEC for sports, Arts and Culture Onicca Moloi received a lot of kudos for booking the Benin-born songstress.

"There seems to be a gold rush, as it were, to book American artists for our shows and it's easy to forget that there are African stars who are just as international, Onicca said about Angelique for this year's proceedings. It's definitely her first performance in Limpopo and we are happy the revellers received her as well as they did."

Are there plans to book the artists of the Wombo Lombo singer's caliber? "We don't have names on the table yet but I can say it gets better each year," Onicca replied.

"This festival is more about social cohesion, branding our province and promoting our artists - 80% of the artists performing at the festival came from Limpopo," she pointed out.

But while the province is the star of the show, the festival takes a boarder view.

"This is a time for us to reflect over how great a continent we are and how rich we are," Onicca said. "It is a reminder for us to unite as Africans regardless of the fact that you are from Mozambique, Lesotho, Botswana or Tanzania. We are one nation."

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