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Friday, April 22, 2011


A Freedom Day Folk Music Festival will be held at Melville, on the KZN South Coast on April 27 from 10h00 to 17h00.

This Village & Community Festival of “Life, Love, Light in Words & Music”, aims to be a stress-free, laid-back event of note – The Sanctuary of Love is set in beautiful serene South Coast surroundings; a breath away from the majestic Banana Beach (bring surf boards, snorkel and picnic gear) just over the old railway line.

The outdoor Acoustic Folk Music Festival will be complimented with a series of philosophical and spiritual discussions and talks. These will include Elliot Musawenkosi Ndlovu who will talk about natural healing and his recently-launched biography (Penguin Books), A Sangoma’s Story, by Melanie Reeder.

Musicians will include the most prolific and outstanding South African singer-songwriters such as John Ellis; Rob & Garth Warren; Steve Fataar; The Hinds Brothers; Faye Oakes; Shanjeet Teeluck Sitar (Mauritius) and Vishen Kemraj Tablas (India); David Marks; Kevin Hinds; Clive Gardiner; Screaming Doc Hansen & Niedia, and Brian Thomas.

There will be range of arts and crafts stalls and refreshments will be available. Patrons are invited to take their own picnic and umbrellas. Entrance R30 (children free) and there is secure parking.

Directions: Melville Beach, 69 Beach Road – 100k’s from Durban N2 South to the R102 Turn off to Hibberdene -10k’s from Hibberdene to Melville Station Road, turn-off left @ Melville Station Road. Follow Folk Song Festival sign, first right into Beach Road to the end parking lot. Coming North – 12k’s from Port Shepstone R102; right into Melville Station Road - follow Folk Song Festival sign.

More information from 3rd Ear Music at or email: Patrons are encouraged to bring spare, second-hand or old clothing, blankets etc. for Mother’s Mission & The Red Cross (who will also be in attendance on the day) to distribute to South Coast charities.