First ever Vodacom uMgungundlovu Easter Jazz Festival set to rock at Midmar this weekend
Pietermaritzburg's picturesque Midmar Dam will be the venue for the first ever Vodacom uMgungundlovu Easter Music Festival, when it kicks off at 11:00am on 24 April. The all-day Jazz and Gospel music event will cap off a great Easter weekend, which also saw Pietermaritzburg's Mayor Gardens hosting the Vodacom uMgungundlovu Youth Easter Music Festival the previous day (23 April). The two Vodacom-sponsored events are being held in KwaZulu Natal's capital city in order to boost its status as a tourism destination, as well as in order to stimulate the local economy.
Vodacom KZN Managing Executive Alberts Breed said that "Pietermaritzburg is definitely underrated as a tourist destination, with Midmar Dam just one of a number of quality attractions in and around the city. Vodacom, with the help of event organisers Touch Africa Events, is going to work hard to entertain, delight, surprise and give power to all present and future customers who are at this fantastic event and beautiful venue over the Easter weekend".
On-stage entertainment at the uMgungundlovu Easter Music Festival will commence at 11:00am on Saturday 24 April. Jazz musicians who will perform at the event include artists such as Caiphus Semenya, Hugh Masekela, Lira, Siphokazi, Nhlanhla Nciza, Nhlanhla Mnikathi, Zakes Bantwini, Theo, Nhlengethwa, Ntokozo, Masinga, Nomalanga, Malini, DJ Muntu and Joocy. Gospel musicians who will be present include a number of well known acts, including Hlengiwe Mhlaba, Lindani Gumede, Old Time Religion, Sharon Dee,Brian Zuma Faith 4 Africa and Babo No S'Gwili.
Wanita Ngcobo of event organisers Touch Africa Events said that "succeeding with this event is central to forging a new image for the city of Pietermaritzburg. Part of our strategy includes striving to discover and explore the home-grown talent that exists in our community. By doing so we are sure to contribute in positive ways to developing and growing a section of the music industry that has been neglected of late, and by implication produce a music event that is both popular and successful". Having organised the well known Durban Jazz Festival for the last nine years and the Ugu Jazz Festival for the last three years, Touch Africa Events clearly has the credentials to replicate their achievements with the Vodacom uMgungundlovu Easter Music Festival".
Tickets for the Vodacom uMgungundlovu Easter Jazz Festival will be available from Shoprite/Checkers and Computicket (www.computicket.com) for only R175.
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