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Get to Newtown Park on Saturday for a good time. The free Africa Day concert has a line-up chockfull of talent from across the continent.
MUSICIANS performing at this year’s Africa Day concert in Newtown are promising fans good music from the continent.

Arts and culture director Steven Sack chats to musician Habib Arts and culture director Steven Sack chats to musician Habib KoiteThemed “For the Youth”, the free concert will take place on 28 May at Newtown Park, from 4pm to 11pm. This year’s concert is aimed at encouraging young people to be proud of who they are and to embrace their diversity.

They told the press what to expect at a media briefing at Bassline in Newtown on 27 May. Baaba Maal; Habib Koite; Olufemi; Hilda Tloubatla from The Mahotella Queens; Uju members Ntuthu Ndlovu, Wandile Molebatsi, Mosebetsi Nzimande and Earl Joseph; Nkulee Dub; and up-and-coming local musician Vuyo Tyolo talked about their music.

Baaba Maal was happy to be in Joburg to celebrate Africa Day and to perform with other artists who inspired him. Tloubatla added: “We musicians have the opportunity to bring people together musically.”

One of the younger musicians at the event, Vuyo, noted: “I’m proud to be a part of this. I’m proud to be an African. It’s time to embrace who we are.”

The local artists said they would use the concert as a platform for them to enhance their careers.

Namibia’s Elemotho; local hip-hop artists Tumi & The Volume; Durban’s Professor; Uju; the gospel group, The Soil; and newcomer Toya complete the line-up on the day.

Musicians performing at the Africa Day concert say their thoughts about Africa Day. Watch video.
The annual concert takes place in collaboration with the SABC, which will broadcasts the festivities live to about two million people.

The Africa Day concert is jointly hosted by the City of Johannesburg’s arts, culture and heritage directorate, the Johannesburg Development Agency, the Gauteng provincial government, SABC2, the French Institute in South Africa and the French Embassy.

No alcohol, drugs, weapons or glass will be allowed at the venue. Refreshments will be on sale in the park and at various Newtown restaurants.

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