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Saturday, December 15, 2012


 (Mbuso Khoza)

With just one week to go as holidaymakers stream into KwaZulu-Natal for the festive season, it’s all systems go for the inaugural Siyagiya Durban international Music & Culture Carnival on December 21.

Billed as the star-studded musical bonanza of the year, Siyagiya is set to unleash the wow factor on a grand scale when Mbongeni Ngema’s Committed Artists Foundation, with funding by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund and supported by SABC 1, presents a 12-hour live entertainment event at Durban’s Westridge Stadium. This unprecedented celebration of South African and African music will showcase a galaxy of big-league performers.

afternoon experience opens with I’scathamiya groups, NBA Champions and Usuthu; followed by Gospel performers Abalindi, Isigcino, Mvuselelo Buthlezi and Sifiso Ncwane; to be followed by Maskandi stars Intombi Yotalagu, Mfiliseni Magubane and Phuzekhemisi; and culminating with performances by Afro Pop artists, Afrosoul, Zonke and Freshlyground.

As a grand climax to the event, Siyagiya’s mainstage extravaganza runs from 20h00 till midnight. With live backing by a star-studded 15-piece live band as well as Indlamu, Isishiyameni and Indian dancers, this spectacular, fully-fledged musical theatre production stars front-liners such as Mbongeni Ngema, Thandiswa Mazwai, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Nigeria’s Omawumi, Swaziland’s singing sensation, Bholoja, Jimmy Dludlu, Mbuso Khoza, Sonti Mndebele, Bhoyi Ngema, Soul Brothers and celebrity poet, Zolani Mkiva. SA’s Got Talent 2012 winner, 11-year-old Botlhale, will also be given her first big break to perform with iconic African artists.

Food stalls and beverage outlets will offer a wide range of catering options, with plenty of space for people to relax and enjoy themselves. Lots of safe parking is available.

The Siyagiya Durban international Music & Culture Carnival takes place on December 21 and comprises a daytime concert, running from 13h00 to 19h00 followed by a main-stage extravaganza from 20h00 till midnight. Tickets range from R150 to R450. No tickets will be sold at the venue - advance bookings only through Computicket outlets. Patrons can also call 083 915 8000 or book online at Alcohol and firearms will not be allowed into the venue.