WITH THE sixties elbowed and taken to the smithereens -the third installment of the Mahika Mahikeng Cultural Music Festival is back with a banger scheduled from December 5 to 10 2017.
The six day arts and culture festival will feature a line-up of theatre, film, comedy, jazz and Hip Hop music with a 3 day local lifestyle market.
The fest is premised on supporting and developing artists in the Bokone Bophirima Province, a stance taken by the KwaZulu Natal to rally behind their stars.
Maftown Heights prodigy Khulane Morule -better known to us as Khuli Chana, headlines the super-mega line up alongside Sjava, HHP, Tuks and others.
My all- time favourite couple Mme Letta Mbulu and Caiphus “Katse” Semenya, Zonke, Mafikizolo, Zahara and Robbie Malinga, Amanda Black, Vusi Nova, Samthing Soweto and the pride of NW MaAusi, Bonolo “Beesting” Molosiwa and local DJ’s, are part of the jazz line-up.
On the comedy front David Kau, Mpho Pops and local acts will live you on stitches as they prey on either your neighbour or loved ones. Be warned, though!
“As Bokone Bophirima government, we are proud to host yet another edition of Mahika-Mahikeng”, says MEC for Department of Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs-Mme OR Mochware.
“The success of the festival is critical as it is one of the key elements in our quest to rebrand, reposition and renew the Province. We want to take the festival to considerably high levels as it grows year in-year out.”
The Mahika Mahikeng fest is a vehicle used to drive the local economy through tourism & arts and offering opportunities to various SMME’s.
It’s a programme headed by Premier Supra Mahumapelo as part of the Rebrand, Reposition and Renew Bokone Bophirima.
Having written the epithet of the 60s -usually held in December – the Mahika- Mahikeng fest will seek to increase economical spin -offs in the province, create direct and indirect jobs and draw huge numbers from our neighbours Botswana, as part of tourism leverage. .
Tourism is a bone contention in the NW province and such initiatives should mitigate on such concerns.
Venues such as Lotlamoreng Dam, Mmabana Cultural Centre and Mahikeng Stadium will play host.
Full line-up, programme and ticket prices will only be released after a media briefing.