Yesterday’s heavy showers in East London did little to deter music lovers from all parts of the country attending what’s earned its stripes as the province’s biggest event, the Buyel’Ekhaya Music Festival.
Now in its ninth year, the annual festival did not disappoint.
Thousands of people, young and old, made their way to the Buffalo Cricket Stadium kitted out with umbrellas and cooler boxes for an evening of fun. Soon after opening the stadium grounds were filled with happy crowds dancing along to their favourite performers, undisturbed by the downpours that continued throughout the day.
Jazz favourites like Ringo, Berita, Amanda Black, Oliver Mtukudzi, Zahara and DJ Black Coffee were among those performing at the event, due to go on into the early hours of this morning.
Fundiswa Nzakayi, who trekked from Queenstown, said the rain wouldn’t stop her from spending the day with her favourite musicians.
“I had to come, rain or shine, because this is the only show of this magnitude in the province, and it only happens once a year.”
Siphokazi Kolisi, who travelled from Bloemfontein to be part of the event, said: “Buyel’Ekhaya makes us feel that although we can be miles away, there’s no place like home. It’s always great being here”.
lSee page 3 for the fashion show and page 9 for pictures