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AWESOME AFRICA (article first published : 2002-09-6)

One of the key events on the KZN cultural calendar is The Standard Bank Awesome Africa Music Festival to be held this year at the Durban Exhibition Centre, next to the ICC on September 28 and 29.

Awesome Africa has developed a unique multi-cultural musical identity, which includes unusual marriages of different genres and styles, and musicianship of the highest order. The general theme of the music focuses on collaborations with artists from the African continent and beyond - and represents a massive cross-cultural fusion of energy that attracts musicians and music lovers both nationally and internationally.

"At Awesome Africa there are no boundaries - music breeds togetherness and tolerance and has been proved worldwide to be a powerful unifying force. This year's artist roster includes an eclectic myriad of some of the most respected and interesting musicians from South Africa and abroad. In fact The Standard Bank Awesome Africa Music Festival hosted by the City of Durban has become a meeting place for overseas promoters in search of fresh new talent," says Awesome Africa's Dan Chiorboli.

The theme for Saturday (September 28 presented by East Coast Radio) is Kwaito, Rock 'n Reggae and it will be staged from noon until midnight. Among the artists to be featured include Dr Victor and the Rasta Rebels; Syd Kitchen and Amakool; Matthew van der Want and Chris Letcher; Mabulu (Mozambique); Knut Reiersrud and Javid Ravi (Norway/Iran); Bright Blue; Kerry de Witt; TRO with David Birch; Jae' and Unique Transition; Mandoza; Tiken Jah Fakoly (Coite D'Ivoire); Modena City Ramblers (Italy); Ceux Qui Marchent Debout (France) with Nicholas Kotei Djanie (Ghana) and Ohm with Arno Carstens.

The theme for Sunday (September 29 presented by P4 Radio) is Joy of Jazz and it will be staged from 12h00 until 22h00. Among the artists to be featured are Nibs van der Spuy and Guy Buttrey; Chunky But Funky (UK); Salem Tradition (Reunion); Tonk with Natalie Rungan; Pops Mohamed and The Kalahari Bushmen (SA/Namibia); the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band with Barney Rachabane Eugenio Benatto and Taranta Power (Italy and Mediterranean Peninsula) Saintrick (Senegal/Dem Rep of Congo); Amanazaretha Shembe; Bheki Mseleku; Hugh Masekela with Ray Phiri.

One of the main benefits this year at The 2002 Standard Bank Awesome Africa Music Festival is that it will be staged at the Durban Exhibition Centre (opposite the ICC) in the heart of Durban. The venue ensures that the festival is not bound by the weather, has tight security, plenty of parking and is easily accessible to Durbanites and visitors to Durban.

Admission R50 per day. Book at Computicket outlets or call 011 340-8000 or 083 915-8000 for credit card bookings.

For final programme details, check out the Independent on Saturday on September 14 and Isolezwe in the days prior to the event, or visit www.livingtreasures.co.za. Line-up information pertaining to Saturday's event will be broadcast on East Coast Radio, and information on Sunday's line-up can be heard on P4 Radio.

The festival general info line is 031 206-2494. Programme details are subject to change.

The Festival endorses and supports: The Orphans of Aids Trust; The Lovelife Campaign, the SANKOFA Childrens Project and Moral Regeneration Campaign.




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