THE Nelson Mandela Bay Cultural Festival will open with a star- studded gospel show at the KwaNobuhle stadium on Saturday.
Performing will be Dumi Mkokstad, Hlengiwe Mhlaba, Bethusile Mcinga, Malibongwe Gcwabe, Sifiso Ncwane and Lusanda Mcinga.
The artists have promised fans the time of their lives.
Mkokstad said he was humbled at being given an opportunity to perform in the Nelson Mandela Bay.
“Uitenhage is one of the places I don’t normally perform at. It will be an honour for me to be part of the event.” He will share the stage with Bethusile Mcinga.
“We will bless our fans with praise and worship songs. I will use the opportunity to perform songs from my new album, only a month old,” Mkokstad said.
He said when people left the venue on Saturday they would be fulfilled spiritually.
Event director Sipho Ngwema said: “We are bringing one of the best praise and worship shows Uitenhage has ever seen. This is one of the finest gospel combinations. The people will have the time of their lives.”
He said the festival would be a family experience. “People must bring their picnic baskets, camp chairs and blankets, because it is going to be great fun.”
The gospel show comes after what was meant to be a star-studded concert in the Bay at the weekend. The concert turned out to be nothing more than an illconceived scheme. Award-winning musicians Zonke Dikana, Zakes Bantwini, Ncwane and The Soil were among some of the top artists touted to perform at the Koze Kuse Festival at Kwa-Nobuhle rugby stadium on Saturday.
However, the artists said none of them had even been approached to perform.
Ngwema said: “Our hearts go out to those who were tricked last weekend, but ours is real and it is all systems go this Saturday in Uitenhage.”
The event will start at 2pm. Tickets are available for R120 at Computicket.