Voices to be lifted in praise

2018-02-20 06:01

Cape Town will observe hundreds of gospel artists gather in praise at a gospel festival to be hosted on Sunday 11 March.

GFest 2018, an outdoor gospel music festival, will kick off at Athlone Stadium in Klipfontein Road and will host a spectacular line-up of the best local gospel talent in the region.

From solo artists, to gospel choirs and bands, as well as praise dance groups, this event is a feast of gospel music that will lift the hearts of the audience.

Gospel music, rooted in the communities across the Cape, has been around for many years, most often performed in churches and at local talent showcases and concerts in packed-out school and community halls.

It is known that many of the city’s current celebrated music maestros grew up in a rich gospel music environment, which today provides a solid grounding for the transition to the mainstream jazz, choral and popular music performed today­.

The musical journeys of some of the stars started in the corridors of Joseph Stone Auditorium, Bellville Civic Centre and school halls, which hosted a number of gospel events as a platform to expose young, talented artists.

The idea of festival was born by South African Performing Arts Corporation (SAPAC) under the leadership of Kirk Arendse, and came about by the need to establish gospel music as a mainstream music genre to create platforms for gospel artists to showcase their talent and market their music.

“In spite of gospel music being one of the most lucrative industries for record companies in South Africa, the opportunities for gospel artists to perform their original material to their loyal following are few. We are proud that GFest 2018 provides that opportunity,” says Kirk Arendse, festival director and SAPAC chairperson

The event is open to all gospel artists and performers across various genres. The response to date has been phenomenal with new and current favourites, along with a number of choirs and three praise dance groups already signed up to perform, he says.

The artist line-up includes Spencer Kennedy from Mitchell’s Plain, Elvira Standili, Winston Siljeur Project, Donveno Prins, Maxine Caeser, Johan Britz, August West, Keanu Harker, DJ Swift, Chumani and New Praize, Kunjalo, Jessie Lottering, Varonica Meyer and more.

GFest 2018 is inviting all church groups, bands, orchestras and individual artists to submit their application to perform at the celebration of gospel music­.

Artists and groups are required to submit a full bio, repertoire as well as a short clip of their repertoire.

Applications can be made via info@­kamarketing­.co.za

Tickets are available at Computicket, Shoprite and Checkers for R50 per person for the open areas, with reserved seating available at R100.

V For more information, call SAPAC on 021 713 3389 or 083 731 2123.

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