Spring is starting with a bang in the Bay this weekend with the City of Champions in conjunction with the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality hosting the first-ever Divas in Spring concert on Sunday.
Lira and Judith Sephuma, who are just some of the artists in the line-up, are in town for rehearsals with the NMMU band and orchestra, and said they were looking forward to performing in front of the PE crowd.
Divas in Spring will take place in Victoria Park, South End, on Sunday. Gates open at noon and the event starts at 2pm.
Other artists include the likes of the Jazz Queens, PJ Powers, Lilitha and Liesl Graham.
City of Champions president Mazizi Msutu said the divas would be backed by local musicians that included the Nelson Mandela Bay Orchestra coordinated by the TwoTone Orchestra and backing vocals.
“The bands are made up of ladies and gentlemen from the Bay who were born and bred here to show the national artists what they have to offer,” Msutu said.
Jazz guru Sephuma said she was happy to be part of an initiative that assisted with social development in terms of grooming local artists.
“The band sounds amazing and there’s nothing I love more than coming to a place like this and hearing what we heard today,” Sephuma said this week.
Bouncing off Sephuma’s enthusiasm, Lira commended organisers for “being purposeful” by pairing them with local artists.
“People only ever see things like this in Europe so I’m glad because up-and-coming artists have to be assisted by their own community and exposed by them,” Lira, who was a judge on The Voice South Africa, which also promoted local talent, said.
Msutu encouraged people to bring their families for the picnic-style concert in the park and said children under the age of six could enter for free.
Tickets are available at TicketPro at R250 per person and R550 for VIP.