Nkangala District (Steve Tshwete and Emalahleni): sees the launch of a benchmark-setting, brand new national festival that already has all the makings of being one of South Africa’s premier arts and culture events.
Known as the MACfest International– standing for the Mpumalanga Arts and Culture Festival – the inaugural event presents South African arts and culture aficionados with a line-up of music, film, theatre and more that will ensure they are spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding which show to see.
Staged over seven days, across six venues, and featuring hundreds of artists, the MACfest International swings into gear on Friday, 24th of November and runs until Saturday, 2nd of December – in the process delivering a glorious and fitting start to the upcoming festive season.
MACfest International Festival is a project of the Mpumalanga provincial government’s Department of Culture, Sports and Recreation, and have appointed the consortium consisting of reputable promotions company T.Musicman and JM Associates to manage the Festival.
The line-up of the first ever MACfest International is one of the most impressive the country has seen in a while, taking in the gamut of creative disciplines and bringing together International and South African artists of the highest order.
Among the star attractions at MACfest International are internationally recognised jazz musician, Ronnie Jordan, widely credited with revolutionizing contemporary jazz, along with African superstar singer and songwriter, Senegal’s Ismael Lo, and Harvey Mason, leader of Four Play and one of the most recorded and highly recorded jazz drummers of the contemporary era. Award-winning Japanese jazz pianist, Keiko Matsui, is also gracing MACfest International with her inimitable presence and, adding to the astonishing diversity that defines all elements of the festival, the renowned London Gospel Choir will also be featured during the festival.
Joining these artists are many others drawn from the African continent, including Cameroon’s Richard Bona, Zimbabwe’s Oliver Mtukudzi, Ghorwane from Mozambique and Bhudaza from Lesotho.