The sound of African music

Patience Bambalele

Patience Bambalele

If you enjoy free, family-oriented days with live jazz and Afro-pop music, mark the Kungwini Jazz on the Dam on your calendar for December 13 at Die Draai Dam.

The quiet and sleepy town of Bronkhorstspruit will once again come alive with the sound of African music.

In its eighth year, the festival boasts a well-balanced and exciting line-up of fresh and mature talent.

Featured in the line-up are Tshepo Tshola, Bhudaza, Siphokazi, Kelly Khumalo, Lesego, Howza, Mr Staff, Queen Elizabeth, Bantu Soul, Ashaan, Africano and the Emalahleni Jazz Band.

Lesotho internationals Tshepo Tshola and Bhudaza Mapefane will be doing what they do best - play good music.

The two will be sharing the stage with young and talented local musicians such as Siphokazi, Kelly Khumalo and Lesego, among others.

Festival organiser Prosper Mukwaiwa says: "Through the event, both the local and national government will celebrate the arts and cultural richness of the country by highlighting the successes."

The event will be used to spread the message about the dangers of crime and drugs in the communities.

Mukwaiwa says that about 20 percent of the gate takings will be donated to charities such as Gift of the Givers Hospice, Friends for Life, an HIV-Aids activist group from Mpumalanga, and Safa Kungwini football development.

Tickets are available at Computicket, Shoprite Checkers, Jet and Edgars.

Tickets cost R100 if bought during this month and R120 if you leave it until next month.