HISTORY HAS it that the Nine Hours of Kyalami is an endurance sports car race contested at Kyalami, Midrand.
The first races were held from 1958 to 1960 at a circuit at the Grand Central Airport near Midrand before moving to Kyalami in 1961, for the uninitiated.
Fast forward to 2019, eighteen of South Africa’s top DJs, bands and artists, will compete- be it or- against GT3 supercars, in what has been labelled Kyalami 9 Hour spectacle over three-days from November 21 to 23, 2019.
Also making headlines is “Africa Is Not A Jungle” stage curated by Black Coffee whose vision is aimed at amplifying international appreciation of African music.
The globetrotter will be joined by fellow peers such as Transmicsoul, Culoe De Song, Lemon & Herb, Julian Gomes and Kid Fonque.
On Friday the royalty Prime Circle will rev off, so will be Sun El Musician and three-piece House group Mi Casa that will pump the gas with their “Jika” vibes.
Pushing the envelope will be courtesy of the ‘man of the moment’ Coffee on Saturday starting from 16:00.
He will be joined by SA most loved female acts Shekhinah or the “Golden Rose” as she’s affectionally renowned.
Known for being a trendsetter- in 2010, Black Coffee attempted to set a world record by DJing for 60 hours with just one hand, and subsequent reports that he managed to do so greatly boosted his reputation and prominence.
The DJ’s world record attempt over the course of three days drew thousands of people to the Maponya Mall in Soweto, and there are many who believe that he is actually the holder of this record.
So, anticipate another 9 hour of non-stop adrenaline from him, artists, bands and more than 20 international cars. Pulsating I dare you!
Oh yes, it would be more thrilling to see Black Coffee screeching those tyres on the track or kanjani?
Before vacating the hot seat as City Mayor Herman Mashaba indicated the Kyalami 9 Hour would return every year, for the next five years, and this would have significant economic benefits for Joburg.
A colossal 120 000 spectators are expected to be in attendance.
Adam Brown, one of the race organisers, says that more than 500 international media would be in attendance to showcase what South Africa can bring to the world stage in terms of motorsport.
Kyalami race track has been turned into a Grade A racetrack, even the FIA has been to visit the grounds to talk Formula 1. The only reason it most probably hasn’t happened yet is that it would cost millions to host the event in SA again.
Ticket ranges from R 150 to R2240. Various hospitality packages are also available.
Image (Globetrotter Black Coffee is among the brains behind the Nine-Hours of Kyalami concept scheduled for November 2019).