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Sunday, August 9, 2015


(Njabulo Madlala)

A dinner honouring leading South African divas will be held in Durban on August 14.

Entitled The South African Cultural Legacy - A Celebration Of Women, Wine & Song, the select evening will be hosted by Njabulo Madlala, star South African operatic baritone and founder of the Amazwi Omzansi Africa Singing Competition which takes place in Durban next weekend, in collaboration with wine-maker David Sonnenberg, owner of Diemersfontein Wines.

Presented under the banner, The South African Cultural Legacy - A Celebration Of Women, Wine & Song, the glitzy dinner event will be held in honour of the country’s leading operatic divas – headed by the celebrated mezzo-soprano, Sibongile Khumalo, along with acclaimed Durban-born US-based soprano, Bronwen Forbay; the distinguished Cape-Town based mezzo soprano, Violina Anguelov, and others. It will be given at Southern Sun Elangeni-Maharani, 63 Snell Parade, and will start at 18h00 with a wine-tasting reception, prior to the dinner which starts at 19h00 (dress code formal).

Says Madlala: “Supporters and enthusiasts are cordially invited to come and celebrate the launch of the Voices of South Africa Trust, a young singers initiative started with a vision of building bridges through music and the arts, creating a platform for learning and growth and connecting our young future stars at grassroots level with artists at the top of their careers.

“Coinciding with Women’s Month," he adds, "this event is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and honour the incredible women whose work has moved and inspired at home and elsewhere. They are some of South Africa's most accomplished and beloved opera and jazz singers, Sibongile Khumalo, Bronwen Forbay, Violina Anguelov, Sally Burgess and others to be announced on the night.”

The event will also offer a prime opportunity for wine-tasting of Diemersfontein Wines and will feature performances by singers on the Voices of South Africa Training programme and a live band

Tickets R250 include wine-tasting, soft drinks and dinner. For reservations e-mail Njabulo Madlala at Seating is limited and guests will be accommodated on a first-come-first-served basis.