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SOUTH COAST MUSIC FESTIVAL (article first published : 2004-12-19)

The South Coast Music Festival runs from December 17 to 19 in Port Shepstone and has attracted musical legends such as Miriam Makeba, Johnny Clegg and Mango Groove. These are joined by upcoming sensations such as Busi Mhlongo and Thandiswa Mazwai. Completing the line-up are local South Coast bands who are being given a platform alongside South Africa’s finest musicians. For younger jollers there are bands such as Springbok Nude Girls, Cutting jade, prime Circle and Finkelsteins.

The scale of the festival has been made possible by the sponsorship of the Ugu District Municipality. It is a recognition by local government that tourism is a major contributor to the local economy. “It is part of our vision for World Cup 2010,” says District Mayor Clr Cele. “We plan to co-ordinate a high profile event that will set new standards and also offer our visitors world class entertainment to add to their holiday experience.”

Event co-ordinator Vicky Erasmus adds: “The commitment shown by our main sponsor, Ugu District Municipality, is of particular significance. It shows that our local officials have recognized the importance of keeping our holiday-makers entertained – on the same scale of social investment as providing essential services. It’s an acknowledgement of the economic benefit derived from tourism and at the same time they are making an investment in the artistic growth of our region. Many of our local bands come from this area and we are providing them with a world-class platform. The best thing of all is that the sponsorship has allowed us to keep the ticket prices exceptionally low so that everyone will be able to attend.”

Tickets start at R20 per show (R80 for the whole weekend). For more information visit www.wozaniafrica.co.za or contact Vicky Erasmus on 039 316-8137.

More information about the Hibiscus Coast from Director Craig Nancarrow at 039 317 4630 or 083 453 6027.




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