Great Place transformed for Carnival

AmaXhosa King Mpendulo Zwelonke Sigcawu’s normally tranquil Nqadu Great Place in Willowvale was abuzz with activities yesterday, where multi-award winning songstress Zahara had villagers begging for more.

CHARISMATIC: Zahara performs during the inaugural Xhosa Carnival held at Nqadu Great Place in Willowvale yesterday. Picture: LULAMILE FENI

Zahara had Willowvale and Dutywa residents eating from her hands when she performed during the inaugural Xhosa Carnival, which showcases and promotes Xhosa culture.

Amawele Ka MamTshawe also took to the stage and entertained villagers.

The Loliwe hitmaker treated the crowd to some of her songs from her old and latest album.

Zahara, of Phumlani village near East London, yesterday said she was excited to perform in the rural Nqadu.

“I am a rural girl and I am used to be in such a place away from the city life.

“This is an amazing event and is nice to sing among the people,” Zahara said.

Local traditional groups also performed at the event, which Sigcawu hopes will be another vehicle to improve the moral fibre of the youth in the area.

The event saw many royals attending, including Western Mpondoland King Ndamase Ndamase and members of the provincial and national houses of traditional leaders as well as Contralesa.

Also in attendance was Mbhashe mayor Samnkelo Janda.

Janda and the king said that the event will be an annual event and will boost tourism in the area and assist in fighting crime.

“This also revives our culture as AmaXhosa and African people.

“As custodian of the Xhosa culture, customs and tradition, the Royal household has a role to play as a change agent to facilitate the integration and promotion of the Xhosa culture within the local Xhosa communities, the province and the country,” said the king.

Carnival organiser Nandi Mtsokoba previously told the Dispatch that they hoped to promote a greater understanding of the Xhosa culture.

“This will be achieved by creating and delivering an integrated cultural programme packed with traditional performances, showcases and inspirational talks, along with festive season messages from local dignitaries,” she said.

No alcohol was allowed.