Be yourself at Nubian Festival
At the core of the movement is self-acceptance, self-love and expression, says concept proponent Lira
THE second Nubian Music Festival, to be held at Hartbeespoort’s Eagle Waters Wildlife Resort next month, promises to bring the best in music and lifestyle from Africa with the likes of Mafikizolo, Donald, Oliver Mtukudzi, Afrotraction, Selaelo Selota, Kunle Ayo and Lira billed to perform.
After the success of last year’s event, the festival organisers said their wish was to communicate that being African was something to be proud of and popular musician Lira epitomised everything Nubian about the event.
Lira said that she believed that at the core of the Nubian movement was self-acceptance, self-love and expression.
“I really think the conversation about bringing Africans together is crucial and is needed as that is the only way we can move forward.
“When we breed self-love and acceptance, it is only through that we accept each other as Africans.
“And that is at the core of this festival and is the strength of any nation, and music remains the most powerful means to do that.”
According to Lira, her ability to embrace others started with her acceptance of who she is – a Nubian queen.
“It’s been a process. It is about not being conflicted, getting to a space where you just love what you are and are not trying to measure up to some wild idea that has nothing to do with you. Just really recognising the things that set you apart, your strengths, and embracing that and incorporating all of those elements into one single expression.
“Festivals such as these have such profound power as a platform for people to show off their heritage and cultures and has a unifying power to it.
“This space breeds tolerance and understanding and I am really looking forward to seeing us create something like that, as someone who has always been envious of it when I travel overseas
“I have also grown up in the apartheid era, so I couldn’t deny that influence because it informed how I saw myself in the world. So I was determined to write a different story about the African child. It talks about pride, about accepting my natural beauty, saying this is who I am, dark skin and natural hair is beautiful, our beads are beautiful.
“That is done so that we can also be a success in life as Africans and also appeal to international platforms exactly as we are. So it is really reshaping and depicting a different idea of who we are and I pride myself on this.”
The festival is from December 14 to 17.
AFRO-soul singer Lira, among others, is writing a different story about the African child that talks about pride and celebrating one’s identity and culture.