Orcufe Festival set to roll

Zakes, Busiswa among top artists to perform at second edition of event

The second annual OR Tambo Cultural + Festival (Orcufe)takes place at Richardson Park in Norwood in Mthatha this weekend.
The three-day event starts on Friday night with a comedy show at the Nelson Mandela Museum, where Ntosh Madlingozi, Ciera Ngcele, Primo Tunyiswa and Ndumiso Lindo among others, will entertain the crowd.
Event organiser Lazola Jafta said day two would incorporate a cultural and music show.
“During the day we will have a cultural festival which will feature cultural groups around the OR Tambo region.
“In the afternoon we will have a music show that will feature some of the top South African musicians,” he said.
Topping the long list of artists who will entertain hordes of music lovers is the Clap Your Hands hitmaker Zakes Bantwini.
The show, which is hosted in partnership with the Daily Dispatch, will also see the Mthatha-born singing sensation Busiswa return to her hometown to perform in front of her fans.
Professor, Naak Musiq, Dumi Mkokstad, Butho Vuthela, Nomdakazana, Malizole, Lusanda and her son Betusile are also expected to take to the stage.
Jafta said the aim behind staging the event was to provide the people of Mthatha and those of the greater OR Tambo area with entertainment as is enjoyed by their counterparts in bigger cities.
“We started it very small last year, 90% of the artists on the lineup last year were local artists,” he said.
“The purpose of the event was to create a signature event for the OR Tambo region.”
Jafta said the turnout for the event last year was big, “considering the fact that we were doing it for the first time”.
Busiswa said she was excited to be part of the line-up.
“I am very happy that I will be performing in my hometown; it is where I grew up.
Busiswa said she would be giving people of Mthatha a taste of her new album which is being released on Friday.
“I will be performing fresh stuff from the album. I cannot wait for people of Mthatha.”
Lusanda said: “I will sing songs from my old albums, but the performance will not be complete without singing their favourite songs from my new album.”
The comedy show will start at 7pm and doors will open at 6pm.
Gates for the music show at Richardson Part will open at 2pm and the show starts at 3pm. Tickets will be available at the gate for R50 on both days.
Jafta said day three takes place on November 17 at the Mthatha Stadium with Mamelodi Sundowns playing against a team to be announced...

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