Braced for festival blast: Music fest set to be much bigger and better

Thousands of people are expected to flock into East London this weekend for the annual Buyel’Ekhaya Pan Music Festival at the Buffalo Park Cricket Stadium tomorrow.

The festival, which is in its ninth year, attracts thousands of people from all over the country.

Thousands of people from all corners of the province will be at the annual Buyel’Ekhaya Pan African Music festival in East London. Picture: MARK ANDREWS

Last year more than 23000 people attended the event. Organisers are confident that this year’s event will be even bigger and better.

The lineup features the iconic Oliver Mtukudzi, Ringo Madlingozi, Zahara, Black Coffee, Berita, Amanda Black, Vusi Nova, Ntando, Lady Zamar, Distruction Boyz, DJ Tira and VJ nutty, among many.

The festival has been made possible through partnership with the national Department of Arts and Culture, Buffalo City Metro, the National Lotteries Commission, the Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency and the SABC.

BCM injected R4-million into the event.

Included in the programme again is the second instalment of the Buyel’Ekhaya Fashion Development Programme, which saw emerging Eastern Cape designers being chosen to participate in an intense skills development and mentorship with top designers, Thula Sindi and David Tlale.

The emerging designers got to showcase alongside international renowned designers Laduma Ngxokolo, Gert-Johan Coetzee and Taibo Bacar of Mozambique.

Festival founder Nomahlubi Mazwai believes it is pivotal to the sustainability of festivals to continue to contribute meaningfully to the communities to which they belong.

“Buyel’Ekhaya is a clarion call for all who belong to the Eastern Cape to return and plough back meaningfully to the development of the province’s youth.

“The Eastern Cape continues to be the poorest province in South Africa, with the highest rate of youth unemployment.

“Buyel’Ekhaya has pioneered initiatives aimed at exposing and developing the latent talent that resides within the Eastern Cape youth,” Mazwai said.

Tickets are on sale at Computicket, Shoprite at Checkers outlets nationwide, at R200 for general admission and R50 for cooler box entry. — poliswap@dispatch.co.za

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