The Mangaung African Cultural Festival (MACUFE) celebrates its 15th year of existence from 5 to 14 October and it promises to be the best and biggest ever.
Launched in 1997 by the Free State Provincial Government to celebrate the best local and international African artists in various disciplines, it is a scintillating cultural fest that has grown from strength to strength. It started with an impressive following of 30 000 fans in 1997 and now attracts an audience of over 140 000 people, making it one of the biggest cultural festivals on the African continent.
Dazzling shows which have become a permanent feature over the years include Ons Konsert, Indoor Jazz, Comedy Festival, Divas Concert and, of course, the perennial drawcard – the Main Music Festival.
The show has become a trendsetter, launching careers, albums and becoming a brand in itself. American singer Maxwell launched his “Pretty Wings” in 2008 on the Macufe stage – it had never been heard before in South Africa.
And who could forget the 2009 main festival when American rapper T-Pain took to the stage donning the green and white of Bloemfontein Celtic, shouting “Ayobaness!” with great vigour? Or musical icon Eddie Levert’s breathtaking performance as part of a forever-young O Jays group?
Last year Bebe Winans added to the list of international acts who have graced the Macufe stage and this year proves to be one of the most anticipated ever, with soul singer Angie Stone making an appearance at the main fest. To celebrate 15 years of Macufe, other locals acts such as Zahara, Caiuphus and Letta Mbulu, Lira and Ringo will form part of an entourage that will make this festival one to remember.
True to its African identity, this year’s fest will also showcase a musical collaboration between South African and Congolese artists – something rarely, if ever, experienced before.
There could not have been a better host city than Bloemfontein, with its rich cultural heritage to put on a festival of this kind. The locals are renowned for their friendliness, inviting everyone to enjoy their hospitality.
There are also various tours on offer that highlight the attractions of the Free State province, including township tours, tours to the Excelsior Lion Park, tours that show off Bloemfontein’s scenic beauty, fascinating history and cultural attractions.
The nine-day event will showcase the finest artistic talent in a musical journey that will bring together the people of Bloemfontein, South Africa and the world in a celebration of creative expression.
Certainly a festival not to be missed!
Win 1 of 10 double tickets to the Macufe Cup on the 14 October 2012. Question: Name the venue where the Kaizer Chiefs vs Bloemfontein Celtics match will take place in Bloemfontein.
Sms DRUM with the answer, your name and contacts details to 34926. (R1.50 per sms )
Competition closes 11 October 2012
*Winners are responsible for transporting themselves to and from the match and accommodation.