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BENEFIT FOR BUSI MHLONGO (article first published : 2007-09-28)

A benefit fund-raiser of Ivoti – Inside the Idols Story at the Catalina Theatre in Wilson’s Wharf on September 30 will be held for Durban diva Busi Mhlongo, with all proceeds from the performance going towards this iconic Durban personality and her fight against cancer.

Busi Mhlongo has been an inspiration to many who follow in her footsteps – not least to Idols runner-up Ayanda who tells her own story of the Idols experience in this poignant, funny and human one-hander.

Busi Mhlongo, who has shared her impressive musical talents with a generation of music lovers, is likely to be leaving South Africa and move to Holland in the near future to take time out from her music career and rest and recuperate after her long illness.

The decision to make a performance available to honour her and assist with her medical overheads was a unanimous one for Ayanda and directors Tu Nokwe and Themi Venturas, who encourage all those who have been touched by her music to come along and pay tribute and salute her.

Ayanda is staging the world premiere of her new show which in her own words, "Sooner or later we all come to realize that life is about “votes”, we vote with our feet, with our bums; with our cell phones; with our Rand; with our cheers and now and then with a cross on a ballot," she explains how this process of voting has impacted in a very real way on her personal and professional life.

Ayanda can be described as one of South Africa's most versatile up-and-coming artists. Guided in her artistic development by mother Marilyn Nokwe of Mango Groove, Tu Nokwe of Shaka Zulu fame, and grandmother(family matriarch) - the legendary Patty Nokwe. Ayanda comes with a pedigree second to none. Her aunt Tu Nokwe, the legendary Afro-centric artist, who has been actively involved in the development of Ayanda's musical career; founded the school at which Ayanda is enrolled - Amajika. Ayanda’s strong sense of social consciousness was influenced by her family’s rich musical history inherited from her grandparents, Patty Masuku and Alfred Nokwe.

The Busi Mhlongo Benefit is at 18h00 on September 30, the final show in this season. For more information or to book, contact the Catalina Theatre on 031 305 6889.




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