MACUFE 2011 – More than JUST a celebration

A testimony to brilliant brand rejuvenation and excellence in marketing, planning and preparation MACUFE 2011 was the ultimate festival experience for fans, artists and sponsors. Celebrating 14 years of showcasing the African Culture, promoting local creative industries and all that jazz… Former minister of Arts and Culture in the Free State Webster Mfebe must have been proud to witness that 14 years later MACUFE is still one of the most celebrated event in South Africa.

Boasting an arts and crafts centre which was not only showcasing artifacts but also local talent on stage, Gospel concert featuring the likes of Kgotso Makgalema and S.A Gospel Superstar Ps. Solly Mahlangu, a comedy night with the likes of Tumi ” ooh Dodo! you’re going to have a big bum” Moraka and other celebrated comedians, Indoor Jazz, Divas Concert, more youthful Rumble in the jungle, Main Jazz Festival and Macufe Cup, Macufe re-positioned itself among the most celebrated events on the continent.

Were there glitches? Oh hell yeah, BIG events like this one attract millions of them. Are we complaining? OH HELL NO!!! Macufe was JUST perfect.

OUR HIGHLIGHTS

ZAHARA aka LOLIWE 

Are we even going to pretend that there was MACUFE 2011 and THEN ZAHARA AT MACUFE 2011?

Divas Concert she had the crowd singing every song from multi platinum selling album, which has only been released for a month or so… and although she performed a little earlier than most would have anticipated, she turned herself into a headliner when she performed the hit song Loliwe and when done the crowds chanted…WE WANT MORE! WE WANT MORE! WE WANT MORE! Excellent artist choice by organisers, and perfect timing too…BIG UPS!

SELAELO SELOTA

Selaelo Selota took off his shirt and danced like there’s no tomorrow. lol. Stunning Performance.

THANDISWA “I’m not a Diva” MAZWAI

She had us all cracking up when she played diketo (indigenous game) at The Divas Concert, gave a world class performance and kept on re-iterating “I’m NOT a diva”…In a dress that made her more of a DIVA than ALL performers (and maybe even audience) combined that night.

Main Jazz Festival, was ANYBODY expecting less than a spectacular, electrifying performance?

NEXT

STIMELA

“The hour is golden and you are golden” – Ray Phiri

I kept on wondering what’s more exciting about this performance…the fact its STIMELA on that stage, or the fact that FINALLY we get to see our icons being recognised by brands such as Amstel over and above the crowds that have supported them for so many years.

As if that was not overwhleming enough – the younger yet talented Mr. Thekisho aka Proverb joined them on stage and history was made… done and dusted!!!

LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO

At Ons Konsert – singing “Ace Magashule, ha ho na ya tshwanang le wena” in honor of the premier of the Free State. Two things I took from this moment were the respect these well travelled, world renowned, legendary music icons had and how humble they are to perform at a concert with such poor attendance and still do it like they do it for thousands at Time Square New York.

THOKO NOGABE aka Miss T

We couldn’t take pictures of her on stage – Divas Concert – Sand Du Plessis Theatre, but no doubt she gave an electrifying performance that night.

She had outfit changes, excellent singers who gave the best rendition of “Can’t give up now” ever in this country, brilliant dancers , crowd participation, ditolobonya, mokgibo (indigenous dances)…the works. Now this woman made me understand the magnitude of the event I attended. All round performance is key in this industry and that’s what she delivered.

IN OTHER NEWS

ZAKES BANTWINI gave THE WORST rendition of Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long” I wished I had ear plugs. But other than that, he was great. The crowd went wild when he performed Clap Your Hands… BRILLIANT PERFORMER, but TERRIBLE SINGER!!!

BEBE WINANS gave nothing less than expected on stage, main song for the crowd being these whatabouts where he made a fan feel like a superstar when he got him to sing the chorus (it was horrific of course)…and Bebe’s NOW A CERTIFIED charmer boy ladies and gentlemen. Lol. Our favourite old man is lifting weights and going for a boyish look. Something some of us didn’t expect to see.

JOHNNY GILL still got it. Giving out roses, driving ladies wild with his sensual moves, absolutely delightful voice and ballads that made him one of the most played artists on any Valentine’s Day, anniversaries and honeymoons…lol-iwe. But he should have brought backing vocals. That one man act got a bit tiring for some of us at some point. But he ladies screamed throughout that performance to the disgust and jealousy of the men who brought them to the show with their hard earned money.

JABBA is KING. Motswafrika interview coming VERY soon. This album is definitely a MUST HAVE.

The absolutely gorgeous ZONKE DIKANA and the world wide wonder (www) LUCOH MHLONGO also attended…wonder who is the artist of note responsible for her make up (masterpiece).

With all that being said, and judging by the spectacular event Macufe 2011 has been, its safe to say… MACUFE IS DEFINITELY HEADING TOWARDS GREATER CELEBRATIONS…yeah we said it!

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2 Responses to MACUFE 2011 – More than JUST a celebration

  1. HENRY BENJAMIN says:

    I THINK THE FAN THAT SANG WITH BEBE WINANS AT MACUFE DID AN EXCELLENT JOB
    AS A MUSICIAN MYSELF THERE WAS NOTHING WRONG YOU HAVE NO CLUE OF MUSIC OR SINGING .I MEAN WHAT DID YOU HEAR THAT WE DIDNT WE WERE PROUD THAT HE TOOK UP BEBE S CHALLENGE FOR AN AFRICAN TO SING.

    DANIEL

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