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AWESOME AFRICA MUSIC FESTIVAL (article first published : 2007-06-29)

The ninth annual Awesome Africa Music Festival hosts yet another wonderful line up of eclectic world music, acoustic and jazz for this yearís Awesome Africa Music Festival which moves for the first time this year to the tranquil setting of Midmar Dam in the KZN Midlands from September 29 to 30.

This year, the festival has been inspired by the celestial stars. The Awesome Africa Music Festival is spread over five locations: in St Lucia on September 23 and 24; in Swaziland at the House of Fire on September 26; in Kwa Mashu Ekhaya Multi Arts Centre on September 28, in Durban City Hall on the evening of September 28 and, the main event, at Midmar Dam on September 29 and 30.

The festival has developed a unique multi-cultural pan-African musical identity which includes unusual marriages of different genres and styles. 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.

A universal collaboration with so many different genres of music is what defines the Awesome Africa Music Festival. This year, there is a fantastic array of artists from Reunion, Namibia, The Netherlands, India, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lebanon / France, Brazil, Egypt and a wide spread of artists from South Africa.

One of the highlights is the return of Abaji from Lebanon / France, who was a treat to watch during his last Awesome Africa visit. He wins crowds over easily with his energy and charismatic tabla playing. On top of his impressive musical presentation, his story telling are well worth an outing as well.

As always, Awesome Africa Music Festival has a strong development aspect with all of the artists giving workshops at various centres around the city for those that are interested in can attend and take part.

The public can either day trip it to Midmar or else have the option of camping overnight in any of the campsite areas located around the dam. Booking ahead would be recommended due to limited sites available. There will be day trip prices and weekend prices on special to booking for the festival and one ticket allows you access to all of the stages.

For more information on the event, line-up and artists visit www.awesomeafrica.co.za

For queries, contact 084 awesome / 084 293 7663 or e-mail: queries@awesomeafricafestival.com




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