EAST LONDON’S BUYEL’EKHAYA PAN AFRICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL ADDS VUSI NOVA TO LINEUP
MOSHE NDIKI TO MC THE FESTIVAL ON 16 DECEMBER 2018
BUFFALO PARK CRICKET STADIUM
PRINCE KAYBEE, LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO, SHEKHINAH, ZAHARA, SJAVA AND MORE BILLED FOR FESTIVAL
GERT-JOHAN COETZEE, SONWABILE NDAMASE AND EAST LONDON-BASED LINDA SITHOLE TO SHOWCASE THEIR DESIGNS
The annual Buyel’Ekhaya Festival will once again thrill East London crowds on 16 December at Buffalo Park Cricket Stadium. This year’s programme of workshops, fashion and the music festival will be a treat for culture lovers celebrating the festive season.
This year’s superb lineup features legends as well as the hottest hit makers across a variety of genres, making Buyel’Ekhaya an unmissable event for everyone in the city and from across the region: Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Jonas Gwangwa, Zahara, Peddie-born Dumza Maswana, Busiswa, Shekhinah, Sun-El Musician, Moonchild Sanelly, Prince Kaybee and Mobi Dixon are all billed and now Port Elizabeth-born Vusi Nova, who is riding high on the charts with his smash hit “As’phelelanga” has been added to this fantastic festival. TV personality Moshe Ndiki, who hails from East London, is set to MC the show.
Last week Sjava informed organisers that he is no longer able to perform at Buyel’ Ekhaya as he double booked himself for events in other provinces. Buyel’ Ekhaya would like to apologise to the fans who were looking forward to his performance.
Buyel’Ekhaya was established in 2009 in East London with a simple vision: To turn the Eastern Cape into the Cultural Mecca of South Africa. Since inception, the festival has grown in leaps and bounds. Having attracted a mere 4 000 patrons in 2009, the festival has grown to a 22 000 capacity crowd, year in and year out. This is testament to the loyalty of the people of the Eastern Cape to the brand as they are the ultimate owners and custodians of the Buyel’Ekhaya brand, having supported it and grown with it for the last 10 years.
The crown of the Eastern Cape’s festivals, The 10th Annual Buyel’Ekhaya Pan African Music Festival promises to continue to celebrate all that is African, contributing to the maintenance of cultural heritage and diversity. This is delivered through a vast programme of activities from the Fashion Development Programme and Artist Development Programme to the culmination point which is the festival on 16 December 2018.
Since inception, the festival has hosted a mixture of emerging and established artists from the Eastern Cape, South Africa and the rest of Africa, in keeping with the spirit of inclusiveness and Pan-African ideals. It is no different this year. A music workshop hosted by Buyel’Ekhaya yielded a crop of newcomers that will grace the festival too on 16 December.
Nomahlubi Mazwai who conceived of and produced The Buyel’Ekhaya Festival says: “In 2016, we expanded a two-day programme, closing in on our vision to give full expression to the tenets of culture that form a central part of the African lifestyle, through song, dance and fashion. And this year this is what patrons can expect.”
Mazwai continues: “There will be a fashion workshop on 12 December at Hemingways Mall at 12 noon. People can apply for the workshop by emailing email@example.com.”
Rising designers, who took part in last year’s fashion workshop, will showcase alongside big names at Hemingways Mall on Friday, 14 December when Gert-Johan Coetzee, Sonwabile Ndamase, Zimbabwe’s Chimanye Nyasha (known as Zuvva) and Linda Sithole show off their creations.
Fashion Workshop: Wednesday, 12 December 2018 at Hemingways Mall at 12 noon
Fashion Show: Friday, 14 December 2018
Venue: The Venue, Hemingways Mall, East London
Nyasha Chimanye (known as Zuvva from Zimbabwe)
Date: 16 December 2018
Venue: Buffalo Park Cricket Stadium
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Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Moshe Ndiki, is the HI in hilarious, an entertainer whose YouTube channel shot him to fame sees him making fun of himself, Rihanna and everyone in between.
Born and raised in East London, Moshe today is known as the witty, honest, punchline-master and entertainer hailing from the Eastern Cape.
With more than a million views on YouTube, TV shows and a massive following on social media, you may have not met the man but chances are you have heard of him.
With his self-deprecating humour and distinct point of view, he has become a YouTube sensation and TV personality celebrated by Google South Africa and the country’s top papers.
Moshe admits that although being a “YouTuber” in the primary phase of his career, after obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Acting for Camera at City Varsity, was not the path he wanted to take for his acting career, it has been one that has given him a lot of recognition for just being himself, a true entertainer.
His future plans include uplifting the South African entertainment industry for future generations as he believes that there is space for everyone in the industry. His end goal, however, is to be an actor, radio show host and have his own late-night show on TV.
Success does not consist of never making mistakes, but of never making the same mistakes twice. Vusi Nova, with his current chart-topping album titled Naninina, has made the nation fall in love with him and his heartbreaking album. This album reached its platinum status just five months after its release date and currently is going towards double platinum status.
His past albums were mostly written and composed in English, but he has taken a different route with Naninina which is 99.9 percent in Xhosa. “Xhosa is my home language and I want to be more in touch with my roots,” he explains. Hence, Naninina, following the success of his other two albums, Naninina promises to be explosive.
He has done numerous collaborations with a number of musicians and opened for a number of international artists who have both shaped and inspired him throughout his career.
The past two years have seen Vusi Nova reaching the height of his career. He was nominated twice in the Metro FM Awards for the Best Afropop Award and the Best Male Artist Award. While he did not win these awards, the nomination spoke volumes on the type of artist he is. Vusi Nova was named “Music Royalty” after he performed his song “Ndikuthandile” in front of a crowd that loved his music. The SAMA23 came and saw the Afropop sensation being nominated and winning an award for the Naninina album. With 2017 being the year for Vusi Nova, the Afropop singer also won two awards at the South African Afro Music Awards in 2017, winning the Best Afro Album and the Best Afro Male Artist Awards.
He woke up one day and decided to ditch that life while having his mother inspire him to pursue his first love: a career in music. Vusi Nova moved to Johannesburg to pursue his dream and got signed at Muthaland Entertainment under the guidance of legendary businessman Lance Stehr. He released his first single “I’d Rather Go Blind” to much praise from music critics.
Vusi Nova’s career has been filled with enormous success; with two albums – Walk in the Light and Did It For Love – the young crooner joined a kaleidoscope of international award-winning musicians who have covered the song. His second album, Did It For Love was released in 2014 and included successful singles such as “Waterfalls”, “Baby” ft Kelly Khumalo and “Indaba Zam” ft Brickz. A follow up to his 2015 single featuring Kid X titled “Neva Let U Go” has had a good reception with over 55 000 downloads and counting. His style of composition “is influenced by reggae, jazz and gospel music”, Vusi Nova says. Collaborating with the King of Mozambique, Mr Bow, this single brings together different cultures and shows his style of composition. With the “Ndimfumene” remix being played on some of the biggest stations in South Africa, 2019 is sure to take Vusi Nova to even greater heights.