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Kucufe showcases 80s music by household 'bubblegum' musicians of that era

By unknown | Sep 20, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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Forgotten bubblegum stars will remind their die-hard fans why they were household names in the 1980s. At the same time, they will teach young musicians about the finer points of making ever-green music.

Exponents of disco music that rocked the country in the 1980s will strut their stuff at the second annual Kungwini Cultural Festival (Kucufe) of the South African Legends, which takes place at the Bronkhorspruit Die Draai Resort next week Saturday from 10am.

Expected to blow the community of Kungwini and surrounding areas are legends such as Sipho "Hotstix" Mabuse, Patricia Majalisa, Sydney, Nomntu Kapa, Kamazu, Zizi Kongo, Spokes H, Phumi Maduna, Richie S, Mercy Pakela, Om Alec, Splash and William Mthethwa.

While everybody has dismissed their brand of disco as bubblegum, it has since changed a lot of perceptions and attitudes. Initially expected to have a short shelf life, the music has impressed with its prolonged existence.

It continues to hog the spotlight, so much that it has even managed to have programmes specially dedicated to it on a number of radio stations.

Most of the artists, in spite of the fact that they play live and have incredible voices, still go hungry and continue to die as paupers. Kucufe intends to change this sad situation by turning the life of these artists around.


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