Music festival up everyone’s alley

Lynne Gadd-Claxton

THE country’s top performers will be in Port Elizabeth next Saturday for the Ebubeleni Arts Festival.

The festival boasts a line-up including The Parlotones, Stimela, Zonke, Theo Kgosinkwe, Toya Delazy, AKA, and MiCasa. Local acts to take to the stage are Take Note, Blaze, Ciza Tha Journalist, Phakes and DJ Mthi.

Festival producer Tembi Mahambehlala said they hoped to promote the city and appeal to all with the event. “The line-up was deliberately designed to have a crossover look and appeal so as to promote social cohesion while attracting a broader audience, as per constant request by our Minister of Arts and Culture, Paul Mashatile, who has been calling all arts practitioners to always adhere to the social cohesion call,” Mahambehlala said.

Kwazulu-Natal artist Toya Delazy said entertainment was her calling.

“I enjoy sharing what I have with people. I enjoy giving out positive energy and getting it back. I am a pianist and singer and I dance very well under the influence of good music,” she said.

“I’ve always enjoyed entertaining people even if it’s myself in front of a mirror. I once cracked myself up making faces in the mirror, not aware that my mom was watching.”

The Parlotones who are relocating to the US in January will be another big drawcard.

The group was handpicked by Coldplay to open for them last year.

Zonke has not performed in her hometown since fame found her.

The festival, starting at 2pm, takes place at the Adcock Stadium at Lindsay Road in Korsten.

Festinos can take along camp chairs and picnic baskets. General access tickets are R120 and R150 for golden circle at Computicket. No tickets will be sold at the gate.

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