Moretele Park Tribute Concert 2015
We Are Africa: Moretele Park Tribute Concert opens its borders from Cape to Cairo
The count down has started to the Moretele Park Tribute Concert 2015. Under the theme ‘We Are Africa’, this year’s concert Celebrates South Africa’s coming of age and protests against xenophobia and the abhorrent violence towards foreign nationals experienced earlier this year. With a diverse line-up, it is a star-studded procession of music royalty.
Now in its 18th year and regarded as a premier event in the country’s music calendar, the Capital City of Tshwane once again plays Host to the ever-popular annual Tribute Concert on Saturday, 29th August 2015 in Pretoria.
Organisers Drakensberg Promotions have unveiled this year’s line-up featuring an exceptional parade of artists who will head to Mamelodi for a daylong revelry pulsing with jazz, pop, soul, dance and traditional music. Featuring the who’s who of the African music industry, the line-up spans the continent from the DRC, to Lesotho, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Among the stars headlining the 2015 event is veteran performer and elder statesmen of home-grown music, Caiphus Semenya. He will be joined by Lesotho’s much- loved and inimitable Bhudaza, who first captured the public’s imagination as the leader of seminal eighties Afrobeat group, Sankomota.
Zimbabwe’s Oliver Mtukudzi, nicknamed by his fans ‘Tuku’ is also billed to perform, joining prominent soukous musician ‘Kanda Bongo Man’ from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The platinum selling Thandiswa Mazwai, who ever since bursting into the public consciousness as lead vocalist and songwriter of the award-winning group, Bongo Maffin adds to the bill. Mango Groove who have enjoyed over 12 Number 1 hits, receiving every conceivable SA music and video award, as well as a number of global accolades in their illustrious career also join the vibrant mix of artists. Grammy award nominated and Mamelodi born, Vusi ‘The Voice’ Mahlasela, naturally blessed with the gift of song also joins the star-studded line up.
Keeping to their longstanding resolution to creating opportunities towards economical development, Drakensberg Promotions has made sure that regional and up-coming bands from Tshwane are added to the bill, thus getting a chance to share their craft with the festival audience.
The younger generation of alluring musicians is well represented and includes the award winning vocal acapella sensation ‘The Soil’ who have recently bagged a nomination at this year’s BET Awards for ‘Best International Act’. Soulful crooner Afrotraction, house duo ‘Black Motion’ and artists from Gauteng the Puisano live music programme add to the not to-be missed music encounter.
Sam Mhangwane, part of the organising team paying homage to South Africa’s music luminaries while showcasing the next generation of bubbling talent said ‘he was happy with what the festival had achieved since inception and looks forward to its growth’.
On August 22nd, Drakensberg Promotions will host a music business workshop in Pretoria hosted by various experienced music industry individuals. The induction is designed as a panel discussion presented by top industry professionals and aimed at musicians and others in the industry wanting to know more about the business of music. The workshop will cover business operations, event production, royalties and the latest trends in the music industry. Members of the public, the music industry and entreprenueurs are invited to participate.
Get in on the act and catch the magic of Moretele Park Tribute Concert at a series of lunch time concerts hosted by the Newtown Junction mall on Fridays the 7th, 14th & 21st August supported by the Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation. The concerts will feature development artists from Puisano Jazz Bands and will take place at the Newtown Junction mall on Fridays from 13h00 to 14h00.
Join the thousands of revellers at the Moretele Park Tribute Concert in Mamelodi, and book your tickets from Computicket before they sell out.
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