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Annual Ebubeleni Music Festival going big in 2018

By Nceba Dladla - Dec 18, 2018
Annual Ebubeleni Music Festival going big in 2018

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Mongameli Bobani, and MMC for Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture, Lehlohonolo Mfana, spoke on Umhlobo Wenene FM recently about the entertainments galore expected in the 7th Ebubeleni Music Festival from 28- 30th December.  

Thanks to the Mahambehlala Productions, this year Ebubeleni Festival will include Hip-Hop versus Gqom (Urban Festival) and Comedy while the Main Music Festival featuring the best SA Music exponents to encourage visitors to the city to stay longer and plan their festive season holiday in the Bay, the executive mayor Bobani, said  

The youth is kicking off the Hip-Hop vs Gqom festival at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Friday 28 December. Hip-Hop greats like Nasty C; A Reece; Emtee; Sjava & Nadia Nakai will deliver while Durban King of Gqom, DJ. Tira; Dladla Mshunqisi; Moonchild Sanelly; Tipcee and DJ Bongs will be doing what they do best.

House Music Vocalist Lady Zamar will be a cherry on top while local artists like Fabiano, Azi SA, MSK and Mr Luu among others will grab the opportunity to shine on stage with both hands. Gates open at 2pm and the concert starts at 4pm.

2018 Ebubeleni Music Festival brings comedy acts

Ebubeleni Comedy on Saturday 29 December at the Boardwalk ICC will leave many in stitches. Joey Rasdien, Funny- man Mpho Popps and actor-cum-comedian Celeste Ntuli are on show from at 6pm.

The main festival at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Sunday 30 December, is the vocally powerful singer and producer Zonke Dikana; the country’s Living Legend, Tata Jonas Gwangwa; Afro-balladeer, Ringo Madlingozi; top of the charts Afro-Pop singers – Vusi Nova and Nathi; former idols finalist Amanda Black; latest Gqom Sensation duo, the Distruction Boyz; the ever hot and energetic Busiswa; PE born Heavy K; Naak Musiq and last but not least “Amablesser” Hitmaker, Mlindo.

Ebubeleni Festival also serves as an important platform to showcase the Bay artists to the rest of the Country.

“Over the 6 years of Ebubeleni’s existence, the festival can pride itself for contributing immensely to efforts of boosting local economic and tourism development of the City and is one of the few platforms for local artists from the Eastern Cape as well as artists from other provinces to showcase their talents. Tourism has seen an increase in visitor numbers in the Bay during festive season especially around the festival dates” said Ebubeleni Project Manager, Marc Mahambehlala.

“Ebubeleni means a friendly place and PE is known as a welcoming friendly city because of the hospitality of its people towards strangers hence the name ‘Ebubeleni’. The Bay has reclaimed its Friendly-City status because of this event”, said Marc, adding that they were committed to local economic development through job creation and the use of SMME’s like, accommodation, Tour Operators, Caterers and other event Service Providers.

The festival employs youth with qualifications to work for an Events Management Company but lack PR, Graphic Designing and Administration experience. Some are employed as car guards, marshals, tickets shredders who help with putting up signage and branding etc.

Expect tastes of the Bay at 2018 Ebubeleni Music Festival

Vendors with health certificates as listed on the municipal accredited vendors are also given an opportunity to sell at the event. Other service providers from the community include security, cleaners, caterers etc.

Tickets for Urban Festival (Hip-Hop vs Gqom) on Friday 28 December are - for General Access R200, Golden Circle R250 and R800 for VIP; Comedy on Saturday 29 December R180 and Main Music Festivalon Sunday 30 December R265 for General R320 for Golden Circle and R850 for VIP. Cooler Box Tickets are R80. Inside the stadium precinct Parking ticket is R50.

All tickets are available from Computicket.

The 7th Ebubeleni Music Festival is brought to you and supported by, the National Department of Arts and Culture, Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency, Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Mzansi Magic Music, Umhlobo Wenene FM, MBDA, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, African Bank, Inkqubela Fm and Bay TV.

For more information, please contact Mahambehlala Communications info@mahambehlalacomms.co.za 041-582-2553.

For Media Enquiries pr@mahambehlalacommunications.co.za 011 487-0402

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