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Jo’burgs Africa Day Concert 2011 Deliver’s Africa’s Musical Giants!!!

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Newton’s most vibrant party returns to Jo’burg this year, with the Africa Day concert confirmed to take place at Newtown Park on May 28th, 2011.

Billed as a continental celebration of African talent, excellence and unity, the Africa Day concert will feature Senegalese legend Baaba Maal, world-renowned guitarist and vocalist Habib Koite of Mali, Olufemi from Nigeria, Namibia’s Elemotho, South Africa’s very own hip-hop maestro Tumi and the Volume, pioneer of the  electrifying Durban Sound,  Professor,  Uju, soulful gospel group The Soil and vibrant newcomer Toya.

Indisputably one of the African continents most important performers, Baaba Maal is both artist and activist, and in his role as a UNDP Youth Emissary and his personal capacity has been a tireless campaigner for Africa’s youth. Musically, he is internationally renowned as an innovator, who’s introduced his uniquely Senegalese sound to audiences worldwide. For the Africa Day show, Maal will deliver a special acoustic performance, giving audiences an exciting opportunity to witness the diversity of his showmanship. 

Mali’s Habib Koite’s exquisite guitar styling reflects his heritage – he comes from a noble line of Khassonké griots, traditional troubadors who provide wit, wisdom and musical entertainment at social gatherings and special events.  Koite has carried this proud tradition through his  music, contemporizing it by working in variations and updates which have earned him a position as one of the worlds most renowned African artists.

Ably supported by the crème of South Africa’s hip-hop talent, Tumi & The Volume, as well as Durban-sound star Professor,  the show guarantees that music lovers will be spoilt for choice.

Now celebrating it’s 48th anniversary, Africa Day marks the establishment of   the Organisation of African Unity (now known as the African Union) on May 25th 1963.  The organisation’s objectives were promote unity between  African nations, and provide a support mechanism for liberation movements of colonized African nations.  Chaired by then emperor of Ethiopia,  Haile Selassie, the opening of the OAU was attended by the 32 African states  that had attained independence at that time. 

Today, Africa Day serves as a day to celebrate African heritage, and showcase the continent’s history and culture through the arts. 

Jointly hosted by The City of Jo’burg’s Arts & Culture Directorate, the Johannesburg Development Agency,  Gauteng Provincial Government,  SABC 2 and the French Institute in South Africa (IFAS) and the French Embassy, the Africa Day concert promises to be a vibrant celebration of Africa’s musical diversity and spirit of unity.  Kicking off at 16h00 at Newtown Park, the concert will be screened on SABC2 on Saturday, 28th of May from 21h00.

Press release

From your girl Allegro Dinkwanyane- “I’m just saying”, so have your say…


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I’m a passionate writer, who enjoys writing and informing people as well as learning new things. I love sports, the arts and music. I am a sports presenter of UJfm 95.4 as well as other things. Simply put, I am a dynamic young lady who wants to bring about chnage and have an impact in both the media industry and in people’s lives.

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