Buyel’Ekhaya is back

FES­TI­VAL: ARTISTS FROM SA AND REST OF CON­TI­NENT

The Citizen (Gauteng) - - WORLD - – Ci­ti­zen re­porter

Lady­smith Black Mam­bazo, Shekhi­nah, Za­hara, Sjava and more billed for the fes­ti­val.

The an­nual Buyel’Ekhaya Fes­ti­val will be on in East Lon­don on De­cem­ber 16 at Buf­falo Park Cricket Sta­dium. This year’s pro­gramme in­cludes work­shops, fash­ion and mu­sic prom­ises to be a treat for cul­ture lovers. The su­perb line-up for the event fea­tures le­gends as well as the hottest hit­mak­ers across a va­ri­ety of gen­res. Lady­smith Black Mam­bazo, Jonas Gwangwa, Za­hara, Dumza Maswana, Bu­siswa, Shekhi­nah, SunEl Mu­si­cian, Moon­child Sanelly, Sjava, Prince Kay­bee and Mobi Dixon are in the lineup. Since its in­cep­tion, the fes­ti­val has hosted a mix of emerg­ing and es­tab­lished artists.

They come from the Eastern Cape, other parts of South Africa and the rest of Africa in a spirit of in­clu­sive­ness and in keep­ing with pan-African ideals. “It is no dif­fer­ent this year. “A mu­sic work­shop hosted by Buyel’Ekhaya yielded a crop of new­com­ers that will grace the fes­ti­val too on the day,” said Nom­ahlubi Mazwai, who con­ceived of and pro­duces the fes­ti­val.

“In 2016, we ex­panded a two­day pro­gramme to give full ex­pres­sion to the tenets of cul­ture that form a cen­tral part of the African life­style, through song, dance and fash­ion.

“This year pa­trons can ex­pect that again,” she added.

“There will be a fash­ion work­shop on De­cem­ber 12 at Hem­ing­ways Mall at noon.

“Peo­ple can ap­ply to at­tend it by e-mail­ing info@bu-yelekhaya. co.za.”

Mazwai said that the ris­ing de­sign­ers, who took part in last year’s fash­ion work­shop will show­case along­side the big names at the same mall on De­cem­ber 14 when Gert-Jo­han Coet­zee, Son­wa­bile Ndamase, Zim­babwe’s Chi­manye Nyasha (known as Zuvva) and Linda Sit­hole show off their creations.

Buyel’Ekhaya started in 2009 in East Lon­don and Mazwai’s vi­sion was to turn the Eastern Cape into the cul­tural mecca of South Africa.

The fes­ti­val has grown from a mere 4 000 pa­trons in 2009 to a 22 000 ca­pac­ity crowd year in and year out.

“This is tes­ta­ment to the loy­alty of the peo­ple of the Eastern Cape to the brand.

“They are the ul­ti­mate cus­to­di­ans of the Buyel’Ekhaya brand. They have sup­ported and grown with it for the last 10 years,” Mazwai added.

Pic­ture: Gallo Images

LEG­ENDARY. Grammy Award win­ners Lady­smith Black Mam­bazo .

Pic­ture: Gallo Images

Shekhi­nah.

Pic­ture: Sup­plied

Mobi Dixon.

Pic­ture: Jur­gen Marx Pho­tog­ra­phy

Gert-Jo­han Coet­zee.

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