Culture, sport will thrive at Macufe

2015-09-02 06:00

THE annual Mangaung African Culture Festival (Macufe) has the potential to contribute significantly to the region’s economic development this year.

This cultural, music and sports event, held from 2 to 11 October, attracts thousands of people from all over the country, including neighbouring states such as Lesotho, Namibia and Mozambique. Most importantly, the people of the Free State, hosts of the event, stand to benefit from the economic spin-offs the occasion brings.

As it is customary, during the ten-day event the tourism industry will thrive as the revellers will be exposed to South African cuisine, African curio shops and township experiences. Entertainment will not only come from African artists, but from as far afield as Nigeria, and even Grammy-nominated singers from the United States of America (USA) will be performing.

This event, since its inception, is known for being a springboard for budding local artists by giving them exposure and a platform to showcase their talents. Sometimes these artists are even discovered by management companies and music promo- ters.

During the main festival in the Rose Gardens on Saturday, 10 October, Mzansi’s award-winning acts such as Mafikizolo, The Soil, legendary couple Caiphus Semenya and Letta Mbuli, Tshepo Tshola, the Jaziel Brothers, Tamia (USA), Dave Koz (USA), Flavour (Nigeria) and Unathi will be seen. The Free State’s crème de la crème, Bonolo, Tsoakae, Peter Nthoane and Allay Yen will also perform.

The Macufe Corporate Village can also be found next to the Free State Stadium on the same day. The event will conclude with the Macufe Cup match between Premier Soccer League (PSL) teams Bloemfontein Celtic and Kaizer Chiefs

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