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Thousands expected at Mapungubwe Arts Festival

THE city of Polokwane is fast becoming a hype of major activities of late just like other big role players in the country, WRITES NAKAMPE LEKWADU.

Just a week ago, the city hosted the final match of the Telkom Knockout Cup involving Cape Town City and SuperSport United at the 45 000-seater new Peter Mokaba Stadium. For the record, the Cape side emerged 2-1 victors over Matsatsantsa A Pitori to lift their maiden silver-ware since their arrival in the bigger league earlier this season.

A week after the match, thousands of music lovers are expected to jam-pack the Polokwane Cricket Club where the annual Mapungubwe Music Festival will be taking place on Saturday, December 17.

While this annual festival’s other aim is to introduce aspirant artists to the world of music, as they are given an opportunity to perform and showcase their talent, there is no running from a point that it also serve as a crowd puller due to its variety of musicians suitable for everyone from kwaito, gospel to jazz and more.

The festival is an arts and culture event that is held to showcase the artistic expertise of Limpopo, and this year artists from Limpopo would make up 80% of the line-up of both the gospel and jazz festival that will take place during the Mapungubwe Arts Festival.

Topping the list of the array of big names in the music industry who are expected to keep the crazy music lovers on their toes will be Benin’s Angelique Kidjio, Limpopo’s own brew Caiphus “Katse” Semenya, the new kid in the block King Monada of O ska bhora moreki fame, Mafikizolo, Thanndiswa Mazwai, Zonke just to mention few.

The festival opened on December 1 with a carnival parade in Polokwane with other activities such as poetries, comedy shows by Mashabela “Papagwe” Galane and Augustine “Kwetepane” Shotole expected to mesmeries their audiences.

Crowd puller...Limpopo's rising star musician, King Monada will be making his debut at this year's Mapungubwe Arts Festival.

Crowd puller…Limpopo’s rising star musician, King Monada will be making his debut at this year’s Mapungubwe Arts Festival.

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