Celebrating decade of change

CROSSING CULTURES: Organiser Purari Gotyana is urging the people of Nelson Mandela Bay to support the '90s Music Series at Kings Beach on Saturday. Picture: MARK WEST
CROSSING CULTURES: Organiser Purari Gotyana is urging the people of Nelson Mandela Bay to support the ’90s Music Series at Kings Beach on Saturday. Picture: MARK WEST

KINGS Beach will be the site of a massive trip down memory lane on Saturday when the second ’90s Music Series event is held there. Organisers say this year’s show will be bigger and better than its predecessor held at the Boardwalk two years ago, when artists like Oskido wowed the crowd.

The event will again feature kwaito artists who made a name for themselves on the South African music scene of the 1990s.

The ’90s Music Series, which is part of the Easter weekend’s Splash Festival, recognises the music of the ’90s as “heritage”, since that decade saw the emergence of a bold new musical culture and industry.

“The focus is particularly on kwaito, bringing alive the most celebrated artists of the 1990s,” Purari Gotyana, from event organisers 360 degrees View Media, said.

He said the aim of the event was to connect people from all corners of life, “cutting across cultures through the diverse music of the ’90s”.

“The idea is to revive the ’90s culture because that was when South Africans united as the rainbow nation.”

The festival was a chance to “relive the good times people had back then” and bring a much- needed spark to the annual Splash Festival, Gotyana added.

“We have invited artists such as Tokollo [TKZee], Thebe, Mdu Masilela, Metro FM’s Tbo Touch and also some local artists.”

Kwaito star and television icon Bonginkosi Dlamini, known professionally as Zola 7, said he could not wait to be here for the event. “I did a number of shows in PE when I was still hosting my Zola 7 show. It’s a lovely city with friendly people,” he said.

“I’ll be performing all the hits I did in the ’90s.

“I’m not sure if the organisers will want me to perform material from my latest album, which will be launched at the end of the month, but those who attend will definitely have a good time. We’ll take them down memory lane.”

Zola 7 said he was looking forward to reconnecting with past musical contacts.

“I used to work with a lot of PE students who are now big promoters. What’s even more interesting is that the people I am coming with [from Joburg] are actually from that side.”

The event starts at 4pm. General tickets at R100 and VIP tickets at R300 are available from Computicket and will also be sold at the gates. – Yoliswa Sobuwa

 

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