The Mangaung African Cultural Festival (Macufe) reaches its climax this week with live performances by a host of local and international artists. Eagerly awaited are two indoor shows, Orchestral Jazzathon on Thursday (10/10) and Macufe Divas on Friday (11/10). Orchestral Jazzathon features Brenda Mntambo, Sibongile Mngoma, Thiwe Mbola, Khanyo Maphumulo and Simthandile Mtolo. It also casts a spotlight on the local talent in the Botshabelo String Ensemble. The show is directed by Tshepo Mngoma. Mngoma, who also works with the Soweto String Quartet, is a sought-after music director, arranger, producer and violinist. He has been featured as a violinist in Sibongile Khumalo’s Immortal Secrets and Quest.Also featured are Kirk Whalum and Judith Sephuma, who are both accomplished artists in the music industry.Whalum has recorded a series of well-received solo albums and film soundtracks, with music ranging from pop and R&B to smooth jazz. His musical accomplishments have brought him a total of 12 Grammy nominations.Sephuma, a multi-award winning performer dubbed “The Queen of Afro Jazz”, is one of the country’s most talented jazz musicians. Macufe Divas features the likes of local singers Nonkosi, Deborah Cox, Lady Zamar, Lira and Thandiswa Mazwai. Both shows are set to take place at the Old Grey’s sports club, and will start at 19:00.Tickets are available at Computicket outlets, or visit www.macufe.co.za.