This December, gear up for the first ever Unity Music Festival at Bay Harbour Market, in association with KWV. Celebrating Reconciliation Day, this inaugural music festival brings together an eclectic mix of musical of talents from across Africa to perform on Monday, 16 December. The festivities will include a number of local dance crews, as well as the famous Bay Harbour food and beverage stalls.
The festival will be headlined by Jesse Clegg, one of South Africa’s leading alternative rock artists, who has had platinum-selling success and three SAMA nominations in his career. An official ambassador for the Nelson Mandela 46664 Foundation, Jesse has performed alongside the likes of Stevie Wonder, Black Eyed Peas, Alicia Keys and many others.
Also performing at the festival is Trenton and Free Radical. The band is a musical partnership between Birch and writing collaborator Marco Wielander who are joined by local bassist Thabo Mobo, keyboardist Clem Carr and drummer Ruby Crowie. Trenton and Free Radical offer a unique mix of reggae, hip hop, and electro beats with an authentic local flavour.
Cape Town-based band Hotel Iris, presents the talents of Mel Osborne on vocals and guitar. Her powerful voice is matched by the talented Marius Peek on guitar and drummer Joy Millar. Jay Moyo completes the band’s lower tone needs with her skills and swagger on the bass. Hotel Iris’s music falls under the Pop-Rock genre, but also contains soulful, “bluesy” undertones making their performance something quiet unique and special.
The Abavuki band from Langa, a township near Cape Town, brings their vibrant marimba music to get audiences in touch with the wonderful culture of South Africa. The band is creating a unique brand of African Jazz using marimbas, percussion, brass instruments and even an operatic trained voice, weaving traditional African rhythms and melodies into a contemporary format, which is sure to titillate a wide cross section of music lovers. .
Guitarist and bassists from the DRC, Chris Bakalanga will give festival goers a vibrant mix of Central and West African folk music fused with Afro-Latin beats. This seasoned guitarist and passionate performer creates musical fusion unlike any other. .
This excitingly eclectic line-up is rounded off with local Hangberg outfit Harbour Groove, who will be bringing their unique smooth mix of reggae, folk and jazz to the Bay Harbour Sound Stage, this drawing on the influences of their township upbringing and the musical roots of their forefathers.
Bay Harbour Market is a melting-pot of art, culture, food and fashion. It’s a place where people from all walks of life come together to enjoy local talents and share happy moments with friends and family.
Says Anthony Stroebel, co-founder of Bay Harbour Market, “Reconciliation Day is a momentous moment in the history of South Africa. It is a day when we all share our common, unified spirit as one nation; and there is no better way to express this unity than through music.”
Selected food stalls will be open as well as a full bar, promising an entertaining event with world-class entertainment in a warm and vibrant setting. Limited tickets are available.
Venue: Bay Harbour Market, Hout Bay
Artists: Jesse Clegg, Trenton and Free Radical, Hotel Iris, Abavuki, Chris Bakalanga and Harbour Groove.
Address: 31 Harbour Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town, 7806
Date: 16 December 2013
Tickets: R150, available on www.quicket.co.za
Time: Festival times: 12 pm – 6 pm
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