A message for all Nubians
IT’S all systems go for the Nubian Music Festival set to kick off in Gauteng soon, says founder Mpho Mathope.
The second instalment of the festival, which will be held at Hartbeespoort’s Eagle Waters Wildlife Resort, will bring Africa’s greats to Mzansi.
The diverse line-up of artists who are coming to celebrate the beauty of being African includes Mafikizolo, Donald, Oliver Mtukudzi, Afrotraction, Selaelo Selota, Kunle Ayo and Lira.
Mathope said the inspiration to create a festival such as this stemmed from her love of spending time with family.
“I decided to create a space to celebrate family, music and lifestyle. The artists that we chose are all inclusive.
“They cut across all genres of music and therefore are able to touch the young at heart and the older.
“This creates a space where we are able to share music and fun,” said a beaming Mathope.
She said she hoped that, from this festival, everyone would get the message to celebrate being African, and showcase the various elements that make Africans who they are.
“During my schooldays in the United States, I happened to befriend girls that celebrated Kwanzaa (a celebration honouring African heritage in African-American culture).
“When they invited me to it, I would see them celebrating Africa as Nubia for seven days.
“When I came back in 2001, I wanted to create events in South Africa that would bring people here for us to showcase our cuisine, cultures and our most important tourism asset, which is our people,” she added.
The festival takes place on December 16.
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