City ready for fes­tive lights switch-on party

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - WENDYL MARTIN

IT’S LIGHTS, soap stars and sum­mer tunes tomorrow evening when Mayor Pa­tri­cia de Lille switches on the Ad­der­ley Street fes­tive lights.

The fun starts with the Fes­ti­val of Lights con­cert, from 4pm on the Grand Pa­rade.

Events com­pany es­pAFRIKA have been drafted in to or­gan­ise the line-up.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Rashid Lom­bard said 80 000 to 100 000 peo­ple were ex­pected in the area of the Grand Pa­rade and Ad­der­ley Street tomorrow, to en­joy a varied line- up with trum­peter and song­writer Hugh Masekela as the head­line act.

Lom­bard listed the pop­u­lar Alexan­der Sin­ton Jazz Band and Afro pop regulars Hot Wa­ter as among other per­form­ers.

“Hugh Masekela has mass ap­peal. We have another ex­cit­ing artist in Se­lim Kagee who has been com­pared to Josh Groban. We have Mi Casa with their ra­dio hit song Jika, The Rock­ets for the older peo­ple, and up- and- com­ing singer Jimmy Ne­vis.”

Elec­tro-swing group Good­Luck are also on the bill, along with DJ LuWayne of The Bang Bar, who will en­ter­tain rev­ellers un­til 10pm, af­ter De Lille switches on the lights at 8.30pm. This year’s hosts are So­rina “Die Flooze” Eras­mus, of 7de Laan fame, and the­atre and soap opera star Terence Brid­gett.

The World De­sign Cap­i­tal theme fea­tures strongly too.

Grant Pas­coe, mayoral com­mit­tee mem­ber for events, said the gath­er­ing would mark the four- week count­down to the city be­com­ing World De­sign Cap­i­tal.

The fun doesn’t end with tomorrow’s event – the Cape Town Sum­mer Mar­ket con­tin­ues daily in The Com­pany’s Gar­den from De­cem­ber 14 to 30.

A New Year’s Eve party is also planned for the Pa­rade, with Toya De­Lazy and DJ Ready D se­cured.

The Tweede Nuwe Jaar pa­rade has been moved to Satur­day, Jan­uary 4, to ac­com­mo­date Mus­lims ob­serv­ing a holy night on Jan­uary 2.

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