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Friday, September 25, 2020


The 7th Annual Botho Live and Virtual Heritage International Arts Festival takes place from September 24 to 27, 2020.

Wushwini Pan African Centre stages its ground-breaking festival this month on Virtual Platform and Live.

Wushwini Pan African Centre, spearheaded by its founder, Jerry Pooe, will host a four-day arts festival titled Botho Live and Virtual Heritage International Arts Festival ‘umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu’. This exciting cultural initiative runs from September 24 to 27 at Wushwini Pan African Centre, overlooking the scenic Inanda Dam in KwaNgcolosi, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Says Festival Director, Jerry Pooe: “We warmly welcome all our Botho Live and Virtual Heritage International Arts Festival artists and audiences. This seventh annual festival is happening during difficult times of COVID 19 when the whole world is fighting the virus that is ravishing our people .As artists we will never give up in feeding the souls of our nations hence we continue with our annual festival, together we can beat the virus, while celebrating our freedom as South Africans. It is therefore important that we celebrate who we are. Without our heritage, our culture, our roots, our history, we are a lost nation. ‘Botho’ is a Sotho word meaning ‘ubuntu’. Non practice of ubuntu, which is what defines us as Africans, leaves us soulless humans. It is thus we stage the festival by beating the drums to revive ubuntu bethu, togetherness, loving each other, protecting one another and taking care of one another.

“This year we have a strong line up with national and international acclaimed artists,” Pooe adds.

(Left: Madala Kunene. Pic by Val Adamson)

 -Madala Kunene, Mfiliseni Magubane, Matshitshi Ngema and Mancushe to be showcased virtual on their Mokete Wadikatara concert on September 26 at 12pm

 -Afro Soul performing Live at Wushwini Pan African Centre on September 25 at 19h00

 -Bongani Mavuso Live and poets from South Africa and the continent, Dance Fusion celebrating different cultures Indian, Portuguese and Zulu dance on September 27 at 14h00

 -Ngcolosi Home Boys as well as short films by AFDA.

The festival is also hosting a Tourism Seminar titled Opportunities in Rural, Township and Cultural Tourism

Pooe continues: “The programme is diverse and rich. Live and Virtual Heritage International Arts Festival features a vibrant programme of acts by a strong line-up of groups and companies from KwaZulu-Natal, Botswana, Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Nigeria, Gauteng and Free State, showcasing quality dance, music, theatre, storytelling, exhibitions , film, seminars, workshops, fashion, crafts, wine tasting and poetry. We are sincerely grateful to Ethekwini Municipality, Durban Tourism and KZN Department of Arts and Culture for supporting the festival, not forgetting all the participants and partners who believe in the vision of this festival, and all Wushwini and Eager Artists staff for the hard work in ensuring the success of this festival. We invite you to participate and to enjoy the rare experience in our Kingdom.”

The tickets for both live and virtual shows can be found at Webticket and Virtual shows tickets can be found on

For more information, contact Amanda Ngcobo on 061 236 7230 or visit the wushwini website on