LEGEND HAS it that out with the old, in with the new!
With the controversy surrounding the Diamonds & Dorings festival on a back-banner due to irregularities associated with it, in comes Galeshewe Township Extravaganza music festival that has been scheduled from 18 to 21 April 2019.
As an inaugural project it will culminate in benefiting the locals, emerging and established SMME’s to different audiences who will be partaking in the weekend’s festivities, says the elated Kgomotso Modiragale, director at Wydex Events Promotions- festival organizer.
The fest begins with comedy on Thursday (18) featuring Chris Mapane, Khanyisa Bunu and Ntosh Madlingozi, and entertainment courtesy of The Twins on Decks alongside Fistaz Mixwell that promises a night to cherish at Kimberley Theatre.
Good Friday (or Freitaga wa tididimalo) sees the inaugural Passover Conference until Sunday at Mita Seperepere Convention Center.
The Galeshewe township and other surrounding areas have been subjected to demonstrations as a result of services lately, and the only way to ask for divine intervention from High Up- is by welcoming the likes of Dr Tumi and Hlengiwe Ntombela – Mthethwa, Prophetess Nontsikelelo Shuping, Dr Apostle Anne Kiteme from Tanzania, Prophetess Blessing Nya of Togo and Pastor Advocate Holele, to heal.
Bishop Mohau will MC the worshippers gathering. Amen to that…
DJ Shimza meets Sacs on Saturday at Fusion Gardens, while those into Soul will be treated at Motswako Car Wash and Chesa Nyama.
Kwaito legend Mdu “Uncle Bae” Masilela, Vicmo from Ayepyep and Nikki Newlands wrap up the festivities at Galeshewe Stadium on 21 as part of Market Day.
“The music festival is different from the annual Urban Jazz market, and comes as an effort to bridge the gap created by the cancellation of the Diamonds & Dorings Festival this year.
People from different parts of South Africa, especially Northern Cape and neighbouring provinces have become accustomed to a weekend of thrill and enjoyment during Easter holidays, it would be an injustice to leave them in the lurch this year,” continued Kgomotso, who boast a wealth of experience within the entertainment and arts sector.
He also confirmed more artists will be confirmed at later stage.
Albeit its’ unconfirmed the contribution this four-day festival brings into the coffers of the province’s GDP, one thing for certain is locals will benefit greatly, be it direct or indirect, particularly from the tourism point of view.
However, one may hastily ask if locals pride theirs as the Diamond City, why is 19th-century diamond mines, like the deep, hand-dug Big Hole continues to remain unpopular with visitors?
I guess post the fest, one will be in better position to offer a strong but poignant view since the Diamonds & Dorings fest is no longer in the picture.
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Image ( Controversial Mdu “Uncle Bae” Masilela headlines the inaugural Galeshewe Towship music fest in the Northern Cape Province.)