Ebubeleni Music Festival lights up the friendly city

2017-12-13 06:02
Legendary couple, Caiphus Semenya and Letta Mbulu.                Photos: SUPPLIED

Legendary couple, Caiphus Semenya and Letta Mbulu. Photos: SUPPLIED

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THE much-awaited sixth edition of the annual Ebubeleni Music Festival is set to light up the friendly city at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium and promises to be bigger.

The five-tier state of the art stadium will host the Nelson Mandela Bay’s flagship award-winning cultural event on Saturday December 30.

Ebubeleni’s project manager, Marc Mahambehlala, said the decision to host this year’s event at the stadium was based on the fact that it was now managed by the Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA).

“We worked out the few restrictions that the stadium has to suit the festival theme, ‘picnic style festival’ because this is what has marked this event’s uniqueness – its family-orientated theme, where people bring their picnic baskets, cooler boxes and camp chairs to come enjoy performances by their favourite artists,” Mahambehlala said.

The festival has, from the humble beginnings, grown from strength to strength and has undoubtedly reached a national event status. This growth is primarily and initially from the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro but is also seeing revellers from all over the country’s nine provinces trek down to the Bay to enjoy the festival.

Over the past five years of Ebubeleni’s existence, the festival can pride itself for contributing immensely to the economy of the city through visitors attending the event increasing on tourism, creating temporary jobs, tour operators, caterers and other event service providers, including providing a platform for local artists to showcase their talent and bringing entertainment to the people of the Bay, the statement read.

The line-up for the event will cater for both young and old and includes South Africa’s multi-award winners, Mafikizolo, legendary couple, Caiphus Semenya and Letta Mbulu, singer and songwriter, Amanda Black, multiple award nominee and winner both internationally and locally, AKA, soul singers, the Jaziel Brothers and many more.

Also sharing the stage will be top artists from the Bay. Tickets are available at Computicket for R250 for general access, R300 for golden circle and R750 for VIP.

Gates will open at 10am and the festival starts at midday and runs until late. Arrive early to secure picnic spots.

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