American singer Brandy has been announced as the headline act for the 2018 Mangaung African Cultural Festival (Macufe). She is scheduled to play two events - The Main Festival and The Divas Festival - during the week-long celebration taking place in Bloemfontein from October 5 to 14, 2018.
“We’re excited to welcome Brandy to our shores. It affords us the opportunity to put South Africa’s best side by side with the world’s best to reaffirm how world-class our local talent is,” Macufe Director Mr. Mario Sefo said.
“Macufe first and foremost is about celebrating arts and culture originating in Mangaung and giving these skilled individuals working in performance spaces a major platform to showcase their talents.”
The festival will announce its full line-up throughout the week, with tickets going on sale on Friday, September 7.
SowetanLIVE reported that some of the big names expected to take to the stage include Nasty C, Nadia Nakai, A-reece, Lebo Sekgobela, Benjamin Dube, Marc Lottering, Tiwa Savage, Skhumba, Mpho Popps, Kelly Khumalo, Zonke, Amanda Black, Vusa Nova, Oliver Mtukudzi, Prince Kaybee and Shekinah.
Macufe was first launched in 1997.
While the annual Main Stage festival is the centre of attraction; the event also offers comedy, jazz, gospel and all-female divas concerts.
The youth-focused Tshepe concert is a unique brand of hip hop originating from neighbouring Lesotho.
US singer Joe Thomas will join fellow artist Brandy at the 21st edition of the MACUFE.
Brandy will play two events: The Divas Festival and The Main Festival on October 12 and 13, respectively.
Thomas will perform on October 11 and share the stage with Selaelo Selota (South Africa), PDA Band (South Africa), Xolisile Nosenga (South Africa) and South Africa-based Nigerian guitarist Kunle Ayo. The ‘I Wanna Know’ singer is expected to entertain fans with songs from albums such as My Name Is Joe, Signature, Bridges and others.
Thomas will also be in Zambia where he will perform alongside Brian McKnight at the Stanbic Music Festival at Lusaka Polo Club on October 5 and 6.
“We have spent months curating what’s on offer at MACUFE,” festival director Mario Sefo said. “We obsess with quality and seek out just what South Africans love and enjoy. You’d agree that this line-up is premium entertainment, not only from the Free State [province] and the country but the continent and the world. We look forward to seeing revellers from all over the world descend on Mangaung for yet another memorable MACUFE.”
Sefo warned festivalgoers against false advertising for accommodation in the city of Bloemfontein. “The festival does not deal with accommodation and guests are urged to be vigilant when booking or arranging for accommodation,” he said.
MACUFE's organisers have also released the names of artists who will feature at the festival’s Tshepe Hip Hop Concert on October 5. Emtee, Sjava, Nadia Nakai, Nasty C, A Reece and Beast will headline the concert. The province will be represented by Frog, Mokash Dmera, Castino and Thwenny Thwenny.
On October 7, Lebo Sekgobela, Benjamin Dube, Neyi Zimu, Women in Praise and Andiswa will lead the MACUFE Gospel Concert at Old Grey’s Events Centre. They will share the stage with Bloemfontein’s Dynamic Life Worshippers, Teboho, Thabo Lebeko, Thoko Nogabe, Keorapetse and Tshepiso Mpotle.
Meanwhile, artists who will play the main event on October 13 include headliner Brandy (US), Joe Thomas (US), Oliver Mtukuzi (Zimbabwe), Tiwa Savage (Nigeria), Nasty C (South Africa), Amanda Black (South Africa), Benjamin Dube (South Africa), Zonke (South Africa), Presss (South Africa) and Prince KB (South Africa).