Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival 2017
11 Apr 2017
09:00 - 21:00
Soweto at the Cricket Oval
The fourth annual Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival took place on Saturday, 4 November.
Once again the event was a successful one. Assupol would like to extend a very warm thank you to everyone that was involved in ensuring this. The talent, the crew, the supporting staff, the vendors and literally everyone that was the invisible thread that ran from the beginning to the end of the festival. We have been inundated with overwhelming positive responses from the artists and most importantly from you, the people without whom this event would not have been the success that it was.
The aim of this event is always to raise funds for the Hugh Masekela Heritage Foundation whose primary focus is to restore our South African heritage and to uplift the local artisans of Soweto. In doing that, we wanted to entertain you with good music from different genres, good company and a good vibe. We brought the music and you definitely brought the vibe. We are grateful that we were able to give you the music experience you came for.
A special thank you to the man of the hour Bra Hugh who, though he was not able to perform due to his ongoing battle with cancer, showed up nonetheless to show his support to the artists. A big thank you to the artists Oliver Mtukudzi, Penny Penny, Riky Rick, Bongeziwe Mabandla, Zoe Modiga, BCUC, Bye Beneco, Johnny Cradle and the Basotho Dancers for the amazing entertainment.
A warm thank you also to all the local food vendors who arrived very early to set up and prepare a variety of fresh food for all. And also to the vendors who were there to sell their creative bags, clothing, accessories and many other items. Your presence made the festival even more interesting and added to the vibe.
Now to the crew who worked tirelessly to make the event what it was – the Hilltop Live team, the Semopa team as well as our very own team from Assupol. Thank you very much for your hard work. We are looking forward to planning and executing yet another successful event with you next year.
A very special thank you to the Soweto Cricket Club for once again providing the venue, the department of Sports and Recreation, the City of Johannesburg (JOC), SAPS, EMS and all the other local authorities who made the day possible and also made sure that we all enjoyed ourselves safely and responsibly.
To everyone who attended and stayed even as the strong winds threatened to shut us down, you carried on enjoying the music asserting that “no strong wind set against us shall prosper”. Thank you very much for that. Your commitment to supporting this festival has been truly remarkable. Without you it wouldn’t at all have been what it was.
We look forward to the fifth annual Hugh Masekela Heritage festival and trust that it will be bigger and better as you once again welcome us in Soweto and come out in even bigger numbers with your family and friends.