Festive Lights Switch-On in Cape Town to continue despite loadshedding

Nyota Parker. (Photo: Supplied)
Nyota Parker. (Photo: Supplied)

Cape Town – The annual Festive Lights Switch-On event in Cape Town won’t be affected by Eskom’s loadshedding

According to the organisers various back-up plans are in place.

The event is set to take place on Sunday from 16:00 until 21:00 on the Grand Parade in Cape Town.  

The entertainment line-up for the event includes Dr Victor & the Rasta Rebels, Yanga (Idols 2018 Winner), Shekhinah, Kwesta, YoungstaCPT, Kunjalo, Emo Adams, Sarah Theron, and Robin Pieters. 

For the second year in a row young musician Nyota Parker will also be performing after winning the Festive Lights Switch-On Music Challenge. 

The 18-year-old rapper, vocalist and songwriter received a record breaking 105 617 online "buzz points" for her music video submission Oh My which landed her a spot on the stage.


Drawing on rap, hip-hop, jazz, trap and soul, Congolese-Irish-South African Nyota has created her own unique style that she calls Trazz. It’s music with a message and it’s winning her fans by the thousands who connect to the thought-provoking lyrics and deep bass beats, infused with almost nostalgic trip-hop and neo-soul elements.   

She says about her upcoming performance: “This year’s audiences should prepare to be inspired by a genre many consider to be just hype. I want to encourage young people to be individuals, and not to feel that they must conform to society.” 

Dan Plato, Executive Mayor of Cape Town, said, “I’m really pleased that the City of Cape Town is providing platforms for our youth to develop their talents and show what they have to offer.

“This year’s switching on of the festive lights will have around 100 000 guests in attendance, and we will be seeing some well-established and top performers, as well as welcoming to the stage, two of our local up and coming stars, one of them being Yanga from Delft, the winner of this year’s Idols and, Nyota Parker, who won the Festive Lights Switch-On Music Challenge. I’m looking forward to seeing our youth put their talents on display.”