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In celebration of 20 years of freedom and democracy, the Johannesburg Arts Alive International Festival put together a sizzling line-up of divas from across the globe to perform on two evenings at the Divas in Democracy concert.
The 2014 line-up included Tania Maria, Nancy Viera, Isabella Novella and Lulu Dikana.

The Brazilian Jazz sensation Tania Maria put on a riveting performance, sending the capacity crowd at the Mandela Theatre into a frenzy during her headline act on Sunday 7 September.

She received a standing ovation as the audience screamed and chanted for more, forcing her back on stage. She could have sung the whole night as the theatre stood up and sang along, but it had to come to an end.

“The Church seminars had to be cut shot today as I had to rush to the evening session in a different church here at the Joburg Theatre for the 2014 Divas in democracy concert,” said Edward Coetzee from Northcliff who had brought his family along.

Sunday, which was the second day of the concert, started with a performance by the young and beautiful Isabella Novella from Mozambique, who had the crowd dancing throughout the performance.

The patrons enjoyed the soothing sounds of jazz from Nancy Viera all the way from Cape Verde. She thanked the audience for cheering her up.

“It’s my first time performing here in this beautiful country and in front of such a beautiful audience, not forgetting the warm welcome we received in this country. I am looking forward to coming back here once more”.

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