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Sipho "Hotstix" Mabuse and Top Artists to Ignite Durban Jazz Festival at Hazelmere Dam and DIC Centre

Published December 26, 2023
7 months ago

Music enthusiasts are in for a spectacular showcase as the Durban Jazz Festival gears up to take the stage at two prime locations. Scheduled for the jovial festivity period on the 26th and 27th of December, the festival promises to be a rhythmic paradise, pulsating with the beats of famed and fresh talents. The scenic Hazelmere Dam is the chosen natural backdrop for the commencement of the festivities on Tuesday, set to reverberate with the sounds of legendary Sipho "Hotstix" Mabuse and an array of talented artists and DJs.


Sipho "Hotstix" Mabuse, a legendary figure in South African music, is poised to deliver an unforgettable performance at Hazelmere Dam. With years of hit-making and crowd-thrilling under his belt, Mabuse's presence is a testament to the festival's pull and prestige. His words echo a promise of a festival brimming with vivacity, "Durban will be sizzling hot and music fans will be entertained and enjoy the festival by the dam."


The line-up creates a harmonious blend of established and upcoming artists. Zonke Dikana, Langa Mavuso, Ringo, Brenda Mthambo, Mafikizolo, and Lwah Ndlunkulu add to the heavyweight list, ensuring that the diversity and depth of South African jazz and soul are well-represented. Additionally, breaking into the festival's stage for their debuts are Zawadi Yamangu and Langa Mavuso, adding a hint of fresh excitement and anticipation. Their inclusion illustrates the festival's dedication to promoting emerging talent alongside esteemed names. The festival's promise of a "best treat of music" is captured in the excitement of Zawadi Yamangu, as they look forward to sharing the spotlight with such an impressive roster of performers.


Not to be overshadowed by the live performers, top DJs such as DJ Sbu, DJ Muntu, and DJ Kotin will ensure the turntables are kept ablaze, adding an electrifying element to the ambiance of the festival. Their sets will provide a varied soundscape, catering to the grooves and moves of every attendee, prompting an atmosphere where dance and music fuse seamlessly.


The festivities roll over to the Durban International Convention Centre on Wednesday, keeping the momentum of musical indulgence high. Zonke Dikana will lead a new ensemble at the venue, promising music lovers a continuation of the celebration. Joining her are virtuosos Marcus Wyatt and Nduduzo Makhathini, along with Themba Lunacy, who will bring their distinctive brand of hip hop and acid jazz, showcasing the rich tapestry and evolution of South African music.


The Durban Jazz Festival is not only a celebration of sound but also a cultural gathering that shines a spotlight on the vibrant city of Durban. This annual event has become a hallmark for the city's festive calendar, projecting its status as a destination for music and arts. This year's edition aims to build on the legacy of the festival, enhancing its footprints on the city's heritage, tourism, and entertainment scene.


Durban’s residents and visitors are encouraged to mark their calendars for this exhilarating event. With an offering of sultry sounds, rhythmic beats, and captivating performances, the Durban Jazz Festival is set to envelop attendees in a musical embrace destined to leave an indelible mark on their hearts and memories.



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