Fans converge on Moretele Park

Patience Bambalele and Edward Tsumele

Patience Bambalele and Edward Tsumele

Everybody was waiting for it - that is, the Tribute to South African Music Heroes Concert. Although the venue was not as packed as in previous years, those who attended had a good time listening and watching some of this country's best music talent.

Mamelodi came to a standstill on Sunday when the concert took place at Moretele Park in Pretoria. Thousands of music lovers had a lekker jol as they partied, danced and sang along.

Even though some must have found it hard to attend the Nelson Mandela 46664 Concert on Saturday and yet still be able to wake up on Sunday and attend the Tribute to SA Music Heroes Concert on Sunday, people had to do what they had to do - attend the Moretele concert.

For the Mamelodians, there were also spin-offs from the festival. Young entrepreneurs in the township used the festival to make enough cash on cars that were desperate for parking. However, like in other jazz festivals, would-be gate-crashers did not bother. They simply started a big street bash outside the venue, playing loud music while drinking.

Long recognised as one of the biggest festivals in the local entertainment calendar, the festival really captured the imagination of music lovers. The weather was fine and allowed people to dress in their colourful clothes, while soaking deep into jazz and Afro-pop sounds.

The show boasted a rich line-up that included Wade, Mathapelo, Ladies in Jazz, Khululiwe Sithole, Richy Ramolefe, Siphokazi, Lucky Dube Band, Judith Sephuma, Hugh Masekela, Don Laka, Letta Mbulu, Caiphus Semenya, Ntando, Bhudaza, Jimmy Dludlu, Jonas Gwangwa, Mafikizolo and Ringo Madlingozi.

The day started slowly with music lovers streaming in slowly, and that delayed the programme by four hours.

The festival started with young and developing bands such as Heritage School of Music, Malini and Mathapelo, who really shook the crowd.

By the time Siphokazi came on stage, she already had them eating out of her hand. Having won three awards last week, the Afro-jazz singer from Eastern Cape is definitely the heat of the moment.

Although several musicians gave a good account of themselves, our money goes to Bhudaza, who was the last act. Bhudaza fans just went crazy as they danced to his music until 3am.

As per the tradition of Tribute to SA Music Heroes Concert, prominent musicians were given credit for their contributions to the cultural enrichment of the country.