IT will hopefully be a case of second time lucky for award-winning Afro-soul artist Siphokazi Maraqana, who is scheduled to perform in Port Elizabeth this weekend.
Maraqana’s last Port Elizabeth concert was called off earlier this year after only 11 tickets were sold.
Organisers said yesterday they had sold about 700 tickets for Saturday’s performance at the Nangoza Jebe Hall in New Brighton.
Maraqana’s husband, Hlalele Mohapi, who is also her manager, said they were glad the performance last month was cancelled as she had just given birth to their second baby two weeks before.
“The organisers of the show tried their best the first time around but it didn’t work out. They went back to the drawing board and we are glad that they are giving us the opportunity to come and perform in Nelson Mandela Bay. They have our full support and we are looking forward to coming down to PE.”
Mohapi assured fans that Maraqana, who last performed in the Bay in 2008, would give her best performance.
“We won’t be travelling with the baby so she won’t have to take unnecessary breaks.
“She will dazzle her fans with a repertoire of their favourite songs. It will just be a beautiful Afro-soul presentation,” he said.
Organiser Andile Ntlokwana said when the initial show was postponed, they wanted to strengthen marketing.
“This show is guaranteed and there is no turning back,” he said yesterday.
Saturday’s lineup also includes gospel singers Thembinkosi, Sindi J and Andile B.
The show starts at 7pm and tickets are available at Computicket. Doors open at 6pm.
People can bring picnic baskets. – Yoliswa Sobuwa