Social gig pulls in Mauza crowd

2016-12-15 06:01
 Live bands entertained locals during the show in Esbayeni Butchery in Nyanga on Saturday.

Live bands entertained locals during the show in Esbayeni Butchery in Nyanga on Saturday.

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The Nyanga Art Forum in collaboration with Es’bayeni hosted a jol with a social consciousness gig on in Mau-mau on Saturday.

The primary concept behind this was to use the arts as a vehicle for community awareness, to fight the scourge of domestic violence and other forms of abuse.

The strategic location of Es’bayeni butchery ensured that the crowds started flocking in from the moment the first groups were testing out the sound.

Abantakwe and Pula Productions set the tone with their traditional African percussions.

Reggae groups like Mighty Ethiopians, Jah Army and Jah Voice kept the crowds ‘rocking steady’.

There was also poetry, which was directed at the theme of the day.

Maskandi artist Umpondo-Ziyagungqa, ensured that ‘umculo ohamba negazi’ is not left out while RedZebra Gumboot dancers and child performer Majay’vane Lukho demonstrated that the future of the locals arts is guaranteed.

Bands like uMlilo, Mike & Frank and Vuyo displayed their enchanting repertoire of Afropop, dance music and R&B tunes.

Jazz Elements took the lead in introducing the more ‘mature rhythms’ of jazz as a music genre.

The show would not have been complete without the booming beats of hip-hop, the strictly Kasi Spaza and off-course, the purely South African kwaito banging tunes.

FullMoon’s Sello, Siba M, Gebhane and Deep Street Crew were ‘ramming the mic’ to the screams and whistles of a pleased audience.

NAF is an arts umbrella body which seeks to bring together art groups and individuals from the Nyanga area.

It has its genesis in August when a group of concerned Artists started holding conversations about the challenges faced by local artists.

The group committed to mobilizing fellow artists towards the formation of an arts forum, to bring together local artists.

To date, NAF has hosted Heritage Day 2016 at Zolani Multi-Purpose Centre; held a strategic planning workshop with local artists to map out a long-term strategy for its identity and operations.

The collective has also worked hard at building healthy relationships with relevant stakeholders while continuously striving to reach as many practising artists.

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