29 Sep 2017
The 4th annual Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival returns to its Soweto home at Rockville’s Elkah Stadium on 4 November 2017. This not-to-be-missed festival, presented by Assupol, features a wide range of musical flavours including Oliver Mtukudzi, Riky Rick’s Hip Hop hits and Papa Penny’s Tsonga disco.
The line-up is curated by Bra Hugh who is passionate about the power and potential of our nation’s cultural diversity. “We are becoming a society that imitates other cultures, yet we have the biggest diversity of heritage in our country. This festival is about celebrating that,” says Masekela, who this year was honoured with a Doctorate in Music by the University of KwaZulu-Natal on his 78th and birthday and was also honoured with another doctorate of music by Wits University.
This eclectic approach will be evident on stage on 4 November when fresh artists on the rise, who released albums this year, will also perform: Afro Folk singer Bongeziwe Mabandla; Indie band Bye Beneco; Soul Reggae funksters Johnny Cradle and Jazzy songbird Zoe Modiga. There will also be a performance by a Traditional Basotho Group and BCUC, a percussion heavy Indigenous Funk crew who have been catching the ears of international and local festival goers of late.
The Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival is a day of family fun, with entertainment available for all ages. Early bird tickets are R80 at Computicket, R150 at the gate and R50 for pensioners. Gates open at 11:00 am on the 4th of November.
Bridget Mokwena-Halala, Assupol Life CEO, said: “Music, entertainment and good food are an integral part to this inventive festival and we are at the same time, both honoured and excited to be part of it again. It showcases some of our brilliant local talent which promises an even more memorable experience than the previous year. This event is testament to Assupol’s commitment to the community it serves.”
About the event
Event: Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival
Date: Saturday, 4 November 2017
Venue: Soweto Cricket Oval (Elkah Stadium), 107 Lefatola Street, Moroka, Soweto
Basotho Traditional Group
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