Durban diversity highlighted at Imbumba Fiesta

The musical line-up has been announced for the afternoon concert which is part of the first day-long Imbumba Fiesta taking place in Glenwood’s Bulwer Park on Saturday 3 February.

Imbumba Fiesta comprises a free summer themed market, food stalls, info stands,  an open mic from 9am until 2pm, and a ticketed sun-downer concert from 3pm until 7pm – all with an underlying message of encouraging good neighbourliness, supporting underprivileged children and showcasing local artists and crafters.
The afternoon music line up boasts an eclectic mix of Durban musicians including Scelo Gowane:  Afro-soul and R&B artist, a self-taught producer, guitarist and composer; Sosha whose music crosses the boundaries of  kwaito / hip-hop / rap / dance and electronic; Thee Legacy:  a distinctly South African contemporary isicathamya acappella group who rose to stardom as a result of winning the inaugural Sing Off South Africa 2015 a cappella music competition; singer, songwriter and performer Holly Wasserfallwho has carved out a place for herself in the country’s flourishing Afro-house music scene becoming a fixture at major live events;  hip-hop / rap / kwaito star, BullisticNina Mkhize:  a jazz trained vocalist and composer and two-time winner of the Old Mutual Jazz Encounters Awards from Durban whose repertoire includes original jazz and African music compositions and renditions of art songs standards; Sandile D.V. Sithole AKA J Sabali – localSkandihop / hip-hop artist, and The Name on the Drum: localalternative / indie rock outfit.
Included in the afternoon line-up will be the winner of the morning Open-Mic session who will open the concert. 
The KZNSA Gallery will be open – inviting visitors to visit the gallery and shop, and also inviting visitors to enjoy their licensed restaurant and coveted coffee!  Also on offer will be chess sessions where you can learn to play. Singer Holly Wasserfall, a keen chess player herself, and the chess association will be in attendance to introduce visitors – especially children to the world of chess.
eThekwini Parks and Recreation will be supporting the day with a display of indigenous plants and trees and staff who can share knowledge about indigenous gardening. They will also be starting the day with an hour long park clean up from 8am to 9am to which the Glenwood community is invited to attend and participate. 
“The Imbumba Fiesta Concert is a platform to bring artists from different genres and backgrounds to perform for the purpose of raising funds and promoting social cohesion.  Proceeds will benefit the St Martin’s Home, Durban Children’s Home and iThemba Lethu,” explained Derek Buchler, COO of Mzala Nxumalo Centre.
The Imbumba Fiesta is a project of Pietermaritzburg-based Mzala Nxumalo Centre for the Study of South African Society which works to promote the legacy of social activist, thinker, orator and writer, the late Mzala Nxumalo by focussing their research on the national question: What does it mean to be a nation? 
The centre has identified Glenwood as a social microcosm of South Africa: it is a proactive neighbourhood with a well-developed sense of community – an area which houses institutions for vulnerable children, a revamped public park and an active community gallery, among many attributes. Their vision is to create a fun day which brings together families from the neighbourhood, visitors to Glenwood, but more particularly the children, caregivers, staff and host families of the homes in the area including St Martin’s; Durban Children’s Home and iThemba Lethu.    
Imbumba is an isiZulu language name that means “United together in one harmony”. It is hoped the Imbumba Fiesta will become an annual community event: “Our vision is to create a cohesive summer celebration to promote local businesses and in so doing help the helpless and give to the needy. Our vision is to paint the city with laughter and smiles of the children and to unearth and promote local talents in music and arts through an open mic platform,” says project manager, Sandile Sithole from Brithm Productions.
The event will be hosted by Brithm Productions and supported by the Office of the Premier,  eThekwini Municipality, corporate partners, donors, sponsors and  community groups. One of the key strategic partners, Colgate, will be bringing their events truck to the Fiesta staffed by dental care professionals offering free dental check-ups and handing out complimentary toothpaste and toothbrushes to children.  
Entry to the day is free and all are welcome. The music concert takes place from 3pm until 7pm in Bulwer Park. Tickets (R80 for adults / children R20) are available at the gate or on the Facebook page using Zapper.
For more information on, Imbumba, contact Gabriella Peppas on / 0785835517 – WhatsApp is best.
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