IMPUCUZEKO MASKANDI FESTIVAL
Organisers of the biggest maskandi event in the country are proud to once again announce that it is all systems go.
Impucuzeko Maskandi Festival 2019 will, for the first time this year, be staged inside Moses Mabhida Stadium on 20 July 2019.
In its 8th year now, followers of the event and loyal participants will recall that Impucuzeko used to take place in Curries Fountain in the early years but due to the demand for a bigger space, it was moved to People’s Park for few years.
“The event has grown so fast over the years that in its 8th year this year, the people who really love and support this event demand that we move to a bigger and comfortable venue. So we had no choice but to listen to our artists, sponsors and partners and agreed to move the event inside Moses Mabhida stadium,” said founder and Impucuzeko spokesperson Mr Xolani Mcineka.
He said that was not all as they have many other surprises up their sleeves, including the issue of time management, transport arrangement and parade showcase.
“We understand our audience and the issues around transport and time, therefore we plan to start on time and finish early enough for our people to find transport home safely,” said Mcineka.
Another different feature in this year’s Impucuzeko is that in the build-up to the event, organisers and selected music guests will be travelling to all KZN municipal districts where they will be hosting talent search competitions. Winners of these competitions
will then be mentored by Impucuzeko and also be given an opportunity to perform as curtain-raisers at the event.
The organisers said the unique Impucuzeko brand has now grown strong enough that they were setting their sight beyond the borders of KZN.
“We have seen the brand through from infancy to what it is now. As maskandi music and its gimmicks are an important element which compliments the tourism offering and brings people from all walks of life together, we plan to deliberately expand the maskandi horizons. It already cuts across SMMEs spheres as it opens markets for indigenous fashion designers who design unique clothing ranges for the parade as well as offering opportunities to the taxi industry who get hired to transport revellers. In that way, this event truly contributes to the informal economy and trade of our country. That is why we hope to grow this colourful flavour and maskandi lifestyle to the whole of South Africa because we already have maskandi fans and artists descending from as far as Gauteng, Eastern Cape and other parts of the country just to be a part of the only event filled with style and swag, colour, maskandi gimmicks and stunts and a long line-up of maskandi greats. We also hope to attract more sponsorship partners from digital media houses and retail,” concluded Mcineka.
The line-up for the event will be released soon as well as important guests who will grace the event. Among the confirmed sponsors is ILANGA Newspaper, SABC radio, eThekwini Municipality, Arts and Culture and other.
For more information, contact Mr Xolani Mcineka – 083-663-4814