International flavour to spice up EL event.
THE organisers of Buyel’ekhaya have confirmed that the popular music festival will still be hosted in East London this year. And it is going to have a more international flavour.
They said the event, running for the fifth time, was scheduled for December 15 and was expected to be bigger and better than last year.
Buyel’ekhaya, which translates as “go back home”, is an annual festival to encourage Eastern Cape performers living outside the province to return home during the festive season to celebrate the holidays with family and friends.
Event organiser, Hlubi Mazwai, said the festival had been well-supported over the past four years and there were no plans to move it.
“The people enjoy what the music festival brings, why would we want to move it to another place? The event has a unique atmosphere and brings people from afar to East London. Every year the numbers are growing,” she said.
She said the show was about bringing people the musicians they loved and did not often get to see perform live.
“People support us, we depend on them,” she said. “Without them we would not be hosting this show again. Last year was our fourth year hosting the event. It was a wonderful event, well attended by different generations.”
Mazwai said they were on a drive to make Buyel’ekhaya a Pan African event by bringing some artists from other African countries as well.
Last year Malian superstar Salif Keita and Mozambican songstress Isabel Novella performed at the event.
This year Mazwai said they were bringing two Grammy award-winning musicians in Angélique Kidjo from Benin and Oumou Sangaré from Mali.
Botswana-born traditional musician, Ndingo Jahwa is also expected to perform at the festival.
“It’s a mixture of artists, cross-culture and we have something for all generations,” she said.
South African musicians expected to perform at the event include Ringo Madlingozi, Hugh Masekela, Vusi Mahlasela, Khuli Chana, Oskido and other well-known DJs.
Mazwai said Eastern Cape artists would entertain the crowds during the day.
“We have been accused of not using local artists yet every year we always feature them. Last year we had the likes of Berita, Zahara, Asanda Lusaseni and other DJs from the province. We do not exclude them at our event,” she said.
The event will be held at the Absa Stadium. Tickets will be R180 a person and will be available from Computicket. Mazwai said they had not decided what VIP tickets would cost. —