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AWESOME AFRICA (article first published : 2001-09-16)

The Standard Bank Awesome Africa Music Festival takes place in the Shongweni Resources Reserve on September 29 and 30. Over and above this impressive and varied programme, other events will take place in and around the city of Durban. These include the a series of concert/workshops as well as the Buskers Festival on the Durban Beachfront which runs from September 24 to 28.

On September 22, the National Isicathamiya Competition will take place at the YMCA in Beatrice Street. September 23 sees a concert/workshop at Umbumbulu College of Education in KwaMakhuta featuring Landscape Prayers, Nkawu Ziyeffana Chwephefhe, African Volume and friends. Further concert/workshops take place on September 24: at the Christian Centre in KwaMashu with Lamine Konte and K-Cap We are Alive Kids Group and in Umlazi Hall with Phakami Africa and THC. On September 25, there’s the BAT Centre Drum Circle.

Events planned for September 26 include three concert/workshops: at the Centre for Jazz – UND with Knut Reiersrud, Jan Bang & Bendik Hofseth and Standard Bank Youth Orchestra; one hosted by the Aryan Benevolent Society in Chatsworth with Azsa and local artists, and another at the Phoenix Community Hall with Ashok Ramchunder and members of Modena City Ramblers.

On September 27, concert/workshop programmes take place at the Hindu Centre at the University of Durban-Westville with Reto Weber Percussion Orchestra, Zim Ngqwane and Vishen Kemraj; at Cato Crest Community Hall with Madala Kunene, Drums Across, Isangoma, Moussa Diallo and friends; at ML Sultan College’s Indian Cane Growers Hall with Irishtambul and Lamine Konte and technikon artists; Mangosuthu Technikon Umlazi with Amanazaretha Shembe and TN Connection, and Technikon Natal Mansfield Road campus with Lilo and Technikon artists. In the evening there’ll be a sunset concert at Under the Marula Tree in Shongweni with Azsa, Nibs van der Spuy and members of the Modena City Ramblers.

Concert/workshops take place on September 28 at Westville Prison with Madala Kunene, Drums Across and Moussa Diallo and Austerville Community Centre in Wentworth with Sensurround UK DJs; TRO, Strictly Business, Outrage Senior, Imagine, Shy Guys and Eternal. Other similar events take place at Umkumbane Commuity Hall in Wiggins Road with Kunt Reiersrud, Jan Bang & Bendik Hofseth, Shiyani Ngcobo, Umkumbane Gospel Group and friends, and also at St Mary's College Kloof with Los Kusis de Bolivia, Women of Mambazo, Standard Bank National Youth Band, St Mary's DSG Choir and African Music Ensemble.

Also taking place on September 28 will be a concert/workshop on poetry at St Wendolin's Ngqalabutho Hall in Mariannhill with Prof Pitika Ntuli, Sarah Jones, Steve Coleman and James Wheeler and St Wendolin's choir and local poets.

The final concert/workshop in the programme will be held on September 29 featuring Jurassic Park, Ginger Baker Jazz and Polo Challenge.

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