Matatiele Music Festival launched

2015-11-20 07:56
Matatiele local municipality Mayor Momelezi Mbedla at the launch of the 2015 Matatiele Music Festival in council chambers. Photo: ntuntudweba

Matatiele local municipality Mayor Momelezi Mbedla at the launch of the 2015 Matatiele Music Festival in council chambers. Photo: ntuntudweba

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THE Matatiele Local Municipality mayor and municipal manager, Momelezi Mbedla and Tsepang Nakin respectively, sang the annual Matatiele Music Festival praises at its launch at a media briefing on Monday.

The briefing at the municipality's council chamber was, according to Nakin, meant to keep the media and stakeholders up to speed with the status of preparations for this year's festival.

“There were people who were sceptical when we started the festival in 2011, but we have come very far with this festival and it is growing from strength to strength,” Nakin said.

Music lovers will be spoilt for choice as high-profile artists are expected to grace the fifth Matatiele Music Festival stage.

Some of the confirmed artists are Afro-soul singer Zonke, The Soil, Nathi, Moneoa, Ringo, Big Nuz, Jaziel Brothers, Professor and others.

Mbedla said throughout the five years that the festival has been in existence it has played a big role in marketing Matatiele as a tourist destination and a go-to place for investors.

“We are officially announcing that the fifth annual Matatiele Music Festival will be held on 19 December at the old rugby field.

“We conducted research around the festival and found that business booms over the festival weekend especially in sectors such as hospitality, transport and informal traders such as street vendors. So the festival is not only about entertainment, it's also about bringing local business to life,” Mbedla added.

Nakin said that when the festival started in 2011 about 2 500 attended, but over the years the attendance has grown and last year more than 5 000 attended.

“The festival is clearly an event of the future that will create a lot of business opportunities for locals and investors for the growing town of Matatiele.”

He said the local and mainstream media are strategic partners in publicising and popularising the event.

“We appreciate the work our media partners have been doing to publicise the festival by means of advertising and articles and we hope our relationship will grow,” he said.

Tickets for the festival are available at Computicket and Shoprite at R100 for the general ticket, R180 for Golden Circle and R350 for the VIP ticket.

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