UMZIMVUBU LOCAL MUNICIPALITY HONOURS SABA MBIXANE THROUGH MASKHANDI FESTIVAL.
Umzimvubu Local Municipality together with the Saba Mbixane Foundation, will host the 6th Annual Masibuyelembo Cultural Blast in Kwabhaca (formerly known as Mount Frere) on the 22nd of December 2018.
The cultural blast is a live music festival which encompasses a variety of music genres. The festival is predominantly a cultural music festival initiated by the late Saba Mbixane. However with the ever changing music revolution, Umzimvubu Local Municipality included other genres in the cultural blast in order to accommodate local artists coming from different music categories.
Mayor Bulelwa Mabengu said that the preparations have started for the cultural blast and that it is an annual festival that does not only honour the late Saba Mbixane, but also affords local artists a platform to showcase their talent.
“We started this festival 5 years ago together with the late Saba Mbixane and as the municipality, we want to heighten his legacy by developing young Maskhandi artists from Umzimvubu”
Mbixane was an award – winning radio legend and a well-known Umhlobo Wenene radio presenter who passed on in 2015. The municipality plans to empower and integrate a home grown cultural experience whereby a series of artists and entertainers are expected to deliver unforgettable moments to this community.
A star-studded line – up featuring Lady Zamar, Busiswa, DJ Maphorisa, Khaya Dladla (GC), Khuzani, Marabhula, Amawele ka Mamtshawe, Dj Tira only to mention a few are forming part of the line-up. There is also a number of local Maskhandi Artists and they are Half oBrown, Amakhastoma, Amanyandube, Isikolwethu, Siyaphambili Natal, Zanodumo and many others.
The festival will be held at Sophia Park KwaBhaca and the tickets will be available from Computicket, Umzimvubu Municipal Offices – KwaBhaca and SPARGS Garage/fuel station in KwaBhaca. Normal entry fee will be R150, Golden Circle will cost R250 and R450 for VIP seating.
By: Khanyisile Mseleni (Content Producer)