A mes­sage for all Nu­bians

The Sunday Independent - - METRO - AMANDA MALIBA

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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