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October is, without any doubt, national Macufe month in Mzansi’s events calendar.
Every year throngs of cultural and entertainment tourists flock to Mangaung, the capital of the Free State Province, attracted by the massive annual fiesta. Macufe (Mangaung African Cultural Festival) has been staged with great success over the last fifteen years and the 16th edition of this best-enjoyed cultural tourism event will be much bigger, on a much higher and mesmerising level. The event kicks off on October 4th and will be characterized by even more attractive offerings with impressive performances, artistic grandeur and best entertainment value ever experienced in the year 2013.
“The vision of the Department of Arts and Culture is to develop and preserve South African culture to ensure social cohesion and nation-building. Develop and promote arts and culture in South Africa and mainstream its role in social development hence the department’s continuous support of this event” said Free State’s MEC for Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation, Mr. Dan Kgothule.
U.S stars Keri Hilson and Anthony Hamilton will join a superb line-up of top-notch South African acts of International stature including the seasoned Hugh Masekela, Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse and Afro-pop giants Mafikizolo who are once again on top of the charts with the hit song Khona. Masekela is one of the few pristine Mzansi artists to have been nominated for a Grammy award more than once. With over fifty years in the music business, the agile artist’s lively performances continue to enjoy demand and great applause in many of the prestigious venues of Europe and the U.S where he tours regularly and perform to full houses.
Soul and R&B singer, Hamilton wowed fans last year when he performed in Mzansi. The down to earth and humble singer is known for hit songs such as Pass Me Over and Lucille. He returns for a deserved encore in the highly professionally organised and people’s most loved Macufe. Since embarking on a solo career, Hilson has become a Soul Train, Mobo and BET award winner. The R&B and pop singer has also appeared in the films Think Like A Man and Riddick. As a teenager she mostly worked as backing vocalist for the likes of Usher, Ludacris Kelly Rowland Ciara.
Keri Hilson’s debut performance at Macufe will be at the Divas Concert on October 11 at the Dome, Old Grey Sports Ground. Appearing on the same stage are her proudly South African equals including the increasingly in demand Zonke, versatile Thandiswa Mazwai and the fast rising Sama winning artist Maleh.
Macufe’s Indoor Jazz on October 10, also at the Dome, boasts a tight line-up including Judith Sephuma, Anthony Hamilton, Hugh Masekela and Victor Kgatlape.
Macufe’s main festivals’ is on October 12 at Rose Garden.
Joining Masekela, Hamilton, Hotstix, Mafikizolo and Hilson at this mother of all festivals are Jimmy Dludlu, Khaya, Peter Nthwane, Thoko, Allayen, Lira, Dj Finzo & DJ What What and the Amstel Golden Hour Artist. Meanwhile The Civic Theatre will be buzzing and alive with one of the biggest productions in this year’s Macufe. The internationally acclaimed and long running musical stage play Umoja-The Spirit of Togetherness will be staged from October 7 to the 11th at the Civic.
Macufe will not be complete without the daily Craft Market – conducted during the course of the festival- at Corner Maakraff and Elizabeth Streets in Bloemfontein. Also some of the next big stars from Mangaung and around the Free State can be seen at the development performances including theatre, drama and poetry – all staged at the Andre Huguenot, Studio 1&2 at Pacofs.
The just over a week long Macufe extravaganza kicks off with a Gala Dinner on October 4th at Sand du Plessis followed by a Macufe Boxing match at the Bloemfontein City Hall on October 5th and a Gospel Concert on October 6th. Macufe’s Comedy is on October 9 and closing the event with big excitement will be a game of football between two PSL teams in the Macufe Cup.