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AFRICA DAY CONCERT (article first published : 2008-05-18)

One of the major highlights of the Tenth African Renaissance Festival is the Africa Day Concert featuring world-renowned singer / songwriter Johnny Clegg, the glamorous duo Mafikizolo, Afro-pop / Gospel trio Malini and local gospel choir Singing for Joy on May 25.

The Tenth African Renaissance Festival which runs from May 22 to 28 in Durban, Pietermaritzburg and Richardís Bay, will focus on many issues concerning the African continent as well as celebrate the ideals of the African Renaissance.

Johnny Clegg has been on the music coalface for decades and was an instrumental figure in creating racial harmony through his music and spreading the news around the world of the struggles of Apartheid in South Africa. He is seen as an outstanding mentor of African Renaissance for his contribution of uniting races through his music.

Mafikizolo is the stylish Afro-pop duo who came onto the scene with a bang and are continuously producing great hits. They have collaborated with many other South African artists and promise to add excitement to this concert.

Afro-pop / Gospel group Malini has performed as the backing singers for South Africaís high profile sensations such as Rebecca Malope and Vuyo Mokoena. In recent years, they have established themselves as a successful trio, receiving good radio airplay for their joyous and uplifting Afro-pop sound that dips deeply into the well of traditional Gospel music.

Singing for Joy is gospel and traditional music group comprising young people from the Holiness Union Church in Pietermaritzburg. The group was founded by Dr Kwazi Mbanjwa and travelled to Atlana, Georgia, USA, in March 2007 for an African Renaissance celebration of the lives of Martin Luther King Junior and Chief Albert Luthuli. They will perform mostly traditional music at the Africa Day Concert, interspersed with some of their popular gospel songs.

The Africa Day Concert takes place at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre Arena, in Durban on May 25 at18h00. Tickets at an affordable R40 throughout (no concessions) have been kept at a low price to ensure as many fans as possible can enjoy the feast of music. Booking is at Computicket.




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