Africa Day Concert Highlights
On Saturday, March 28, Newtown Park, in Newtown, was the place to be. Despite the chilly bite of the Johannesburg winter, music lovers were out in their numbers. Dressed in traditional wear or styled in a good pair of jeans and outerwear that would keep the weather’s bite at bay, hair tied up intricately in head wraps or let free, Afropolitans came out in their numbers.
The line-up of performers was one that would make any lover of African music weep with joy: the legendary Oliver Mtukudzi and Vaudou Game Togo, the soulful Maleh, Zonke and the soil, the innovative Nakhane Toure and Tribute Birdie Mboweni were all on the bill. It was an African music celebration indeed. These are a few Africa Day concert highlights
Nakhane Toure’s set came towards the end of the night, but from the moment he set foot on the stage the crowd was with him. He embodied the essence of a rockstar. He sang beautifully, played his guitar with panache and had the dance moves to match.
Co-host, Noluthando Nqayi, a musician in her own right, looked beautiful in her print dress and Masai-inspired neck piece.
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Vaudou Game Togo had the crowd mesmerised with their funky and psychedelic tunes. Their energetic performance and lead singer Peter Solo’s moves had the country ready for three more hours of good music.
Maleh was a vision in blue. Her Seshweshwe dress and Seanamarena blanket were a nod to her Lesotho roots. Her set was wonderful.
It’s likely that Reunion Islander, Maya Kamatay had the performance that surprised the Johannesburg crowd the most. The folk artist sang in Reunion Creole and played her kayamb, one of maloya, which is a music genre indigenous to Reunion, percussion instruments. Her performance was high energy and entrancing.
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Closing the night off was legendary Zimbabwean artist, Oliver Mutukudzi who sang to a receptive crowd that knew all the words and sang along. If you have a favourite Oliver Mtukudzi song, the odds are that he performed it on Saturday.
What was your favourite part of the #AfricaDayConcert?