Festival empowers locals

2019-04-23 06:00
Veronica Meyer is on of the artists who will be performing at the CTIGF.

Veronica Meyer is on of the artists who will be performing at the CTIGF.

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About 12 vocalists and a band made up of local youth will share the stage with recognised artists at the second annual Cape Town International Gospel Festival (CTIGF) in The Good Hope Christian Centre in Ottery on Saturday 4 May.

The organisers say since the festival is still new, they have decided to start by making small contributions, by using local youth as back-up singers at the festival.

They have been working with the youth for three months including the rehearsals, providing them with exposure and the feel of performing with well-established artists.

“We have created jobs for the musicians and singers around Cape Town by performing in-house and (they would) be compensated for their work.

“At a later stage, once we get a sponsor, one of our aims is to support our poor communities, working hand in hand with our government to assist the people,” said Lusanda Beja, one of the organisers.

According to Beja the venue accommodates 2000 people and they hope tickets will be sold out.

He says they want the festival to be one of the biggest events in the city.

They want to make it accessible to everyone who would like to attend and keep it relevant by hosting it at a church.

“Our wish for this year’s festival is to make sure that we restore back the integrity and the significance of the church and we constantly change the artists who form the line-up just so to have a variety of attendees.

“It is suitable for all people from different walks of life who love Gospel Music,” Beja explained.

Last year it was held at Mew Way Hall in Khayelitsha and many locals supported it.

This year’s line-up includes Dideka Beja, Winnie Mashaba, Dumi Mkokstad, Kholeka, Lusanda Beja, Thina Zungu, Nobathembu and the Dube Brothers.

“Let us start embracing the good that God is doing in Cape Town, please help us make it even bigger this year by getting your ticket,” says Beja. V For more information contact Maggie Mbathane on 071 162 1260. Tickets are available at Computicket.

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