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AFRICAN REFUGEE CULTURAL DAY (article first published : 2006-06-17)

From June 16 to 18, the BAT Centre will host African Refugee Cultural Day.

This cultural event puts the spotlight on the plight of refugees, hundreds of whom arrive every month in South Africa, escaping brutality, persecution and political turmoil in many countries of this continent.

In South Africa, they face new struggles, battling to get refugee status and other basic human rights whilst facing hostility from local communities.

Free events during the day include exhibitions, art stalls and lunchtime music by the DRC band Megastar. The band performs rumba music which evokes the kwasa-kwasa vibe which is also shared by the band, Young Bakuba. The band previously performed in South africa five years ago at the Awesome Africa and Splashy Fen festivals.

Legendary and much loved home-brew artists such as Madala Kunene will perform on June 17 at 19h30 (tickets R40). The Megastar and Young Bakuba bands comprise artists who have arrived in South Africa to settle as legal refugees.

More information from 031 332 0451.




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