Macufe, entering its 17th edition- is a two-week jamboree that sees various cultural activities taking place in and around Free State Province, begins from October 3 to 12.
As we celebrate our 20th Democracy, Macufe organizers have once again brought jazz exponents of international standing to dazzle fans alongside our very owns best.
Trailblasers Mafikizolo, Jonas ‘Moremogolo’ Gwangwa, balladeer Ringo, Thandiswa Mazwai, Zahara, Sibongile Khumalo, McCoy Mrubata, Paul Hanmer, Feya Faku, Herbie Tsoaeli, Don Laka with Botshabelo Strings, Jimmy Dludlu, Max-Hoba,Victor Kgantlape, Press, Choko and Oliver Mtukudzi, will be the reason Bloem will rise from obscurity, once again.
From a football match to Comedy to Divas Concert on Friday, one will be spoilt for choice- although it is unaccounted how much revenue is generated into the coffers of the province from the economical point.
Transport and accommodation owners stand to benefit as a result of the fest-so will be the creation of jobs: direct or indirect.
At The Dome (Old Grey Sports Ground) Tshepe, a hip-hop sound unique for youth will be presented in a battle of the djs format featuring Cashtime and Tbo Touch. It happens on October 7.
The following day at the same venue, mzansi’s top comedians Marc Lottering, David Kau, Joey Rasdien and Skhumba Hlophe take the center stage. Entrance fee is R170.
However, another up-coming star and FS born Chris Mapane is unhappy for being snubbed once again by the organisers.
Sibongile Khumalo and Jimmy Dludlu share the stage with U.S guitarist Earl Klugh at The Indoor Jazz on October 9 at the Dome while, Zahara and Choko still perform at the same venue the following day.
Tickets cost R250.
For the main fest on Sunday featuring great musos such as Dudlu, Mafikizolo, Jonas Gwangwa, Ringo, Thandiswa Mazwai, Zahara, Sibongile Khumalo, McCoy Mrubata, Paul Hanmer, Feya Faku, Herbie Tsoaeli, Don Laka with Botshabelo Strings, Jimmy Dludlu, Max-Hoba,Victor Kgantlape, Press, Choko and Oliver Mtukudzi, tickets are R350 from Computicket outlets.
Sunday, will be the popular Macufe Cup as defending champs Kaizer Chiefs try to outsmart hosts Sewelele Sa Masele (Bloem Celtc) at Free State Stadium.
Tickets vary from R30 for Juveniles, R50 open-stand, R60 Grand Stand and R2166 for VIP’s.
It kicks-off at 3pm.
“Macufe continues to be a significant brand for the Free State province as it is a catalyst for promoting economic growth; is a perfect platform to showcase emerging talent while promoting sport and tourism in the province,” says Free State MEC for Sport, Art, Culture and Creation Mmathabo Leeto.
She also highlighted that they intend to explore the Park and Ride facilities.
* We shall be running tickets competition for the main fest soon. Keep glued for more details!