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Awesome Africa music festival

Publicity Matters
08/15/2000 00:00:00

Shongweni Resources Reserve, KZN
22 - 25 September 2000

"A multi-dimensional, international celebration of music, art, dance and theatre in a glorious natural environment. It will excite, inform and promote our cultures and natural heritage to the world."
This year's festival follows on from the glorious, innovative and successful first Festival of Living Treasures: Shongweni - dubbed "Africa's Greatest Music Festival" held as part of the millennium celebrations in Durban last year. The organisers are hosting a second similar event over the heritage day weekend this year to be entitled The Awesome Africa Music Festival.
The inaugural festival was a wonderful experience applauded by all participants and visitors.
In the region of 7 000 people came along to the Shongweni Resources Reserve for the four day music event to savour some of the most phenomenal innovative artists and musical collaborations ever to be seen in this country. The festival was incident-free and characterised by its relaxed atmosphere, good humour, harmonious interaction, magnificent surroundings, integrity, efficient infrasture, and supportive audiences.
The Living Treasures concept has been broadened to include a whole sustainable lifestyles philosophy and includes key satellite cultural events that hold a significant place in the Zulu cultural calendar and fit firmly into The Living Treasures ethos.
These are The KwaXimba African Cultural Festival on 7 and 8 October with its special preview, the Isithumba Cultural Festival on 25 September that will take place at Isithumba in the Valley of 1000 Hills. At the Isithumba Festival in September, many of the international musicians featured at Shongweni will be special guests. The Reed Dance also falls under the Living Treasures umbrella and is held on 8, 9, 10 September at Enyokeni, the Royal Palace in kwa-Nongoma, the seat of the Zulu monarch.
The Shongweni music festival will become known as the Awesome Africa Music Celebration and spearheads the Living Treasures concept. Musicians from our country and beyond will once again descend on the pristine nature reserve in the Shongweni Valley to create a long-weekend of magical innovative music.
Sublime percussionist and organiser-with-a-vision, Dan Chiorboli, is responsible for the festival's artistic content. He has worked hard to ensure that this year's programme is supremely exciting, boundary-breaking, innovative and appropriate to the Living Treasures ethos.
Among the performers to look out for this year are global pop diva Angelique Kidjo who links African traditional rhythms to catchy pop songs; the exotic Cheikh Lo' from Senegal; Samite from Uganda who performs a range of music from Central Africa, and acclaimed masters of the 24 stringed Hindustani slide guitar, Debashish and Subashish Bhattacharaya from India.

From closer to home the line-up includes respected legends Hugh Masekela and Busi Mhlongo. It also sees the reunion of veteran SA rock greats The Flames featuring Blondie Chaplin, Ricky and Steve Fataar, super-guitarist Jimmy Dludlu and a session of moonlit African Renassiance Poetry led by Prof Pitika Ntuli.
Last year, the festival was known for its innovative international cross-cultural collaborations. Again watershed musicians from all over the globe team up on stage for some awesome musical variations. Some of the interesting combinations this year feature Ohm with Australians Colin Offord and Matthew Doyle; high-energy Celtic rock - Italian style - the Modena City Ramblers will play together with local New Age accoustic greats, Landscape Prayers, and the Asian / Pacific / Indian Ocean Project featuring a myriad of respected artists from across the seas including Bob Brozman and Takashi Hirayasu. There will be a Kwaito Fusion Party featuring international guests and invited DJs. International musicians will also be performing with local choral groups and children's choirs filling up the Shongweni valley with angelic voices.
There will be a special tribute to KZN musical legends with Mayor Obed Mlaba's Musical Excellence Awards which will feature the likes of Blondie Chaplin, Ricky Fataar, Steve Fataar, Sipho Gumede, Roger Lucey, Madala Kunene, Vusi Ximba and Neill Solomon.

Awesome Africa Music Festival
Shongweni Resources Reserve, KZN
22 - 25 September


Illa Thompson
14 August 2000
publicity matters cc
ck 95/45228/23
p o box 30547, mayville, 4058
tel/fax : 031- 202 9093 - e-mail: pubmat@iafrica.com


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