As plans begin to crystallise in anticipation of the third instalment of the Annual Mbombela Jazz Festival, excitement mounts after event organisers announce up and coming programmes and performers set to take to the stage during the main event. Having debuted the annual festival in 2017, organisers, Harmocept Holdings together with the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency hoped to attract tourists from all four corners of the country. Not knowing then just how popular the event would be, the Annual Mbombela Jazz Festival has since enjoyed consistent growth year on year, welcoming both local Mpumalanga music lovers as well as those travelling from neighbouring provinces including Gauteng and Limpopo and an international audience from countries such as Mozambique and Eswatini.
Playing its part in building awareness of Mpumalanga tourism and highlighting the province as a South Africa travel destination of choice, stakeholders in the annual festival hope to turn Mpumalanga into a tourism and cultural hub, where people travel not only for leisure and relaxation but for entertainment too.
Showcasing a diverse programme of activities, this year’s third Annual Mbombela Jazz Festival promises to continue to celebrate all that Mpumalanga has to offer in tourism and culture.
The festivals programme line-up includes:
|4 September 2019||Mbombela Jazz Festival Golf Day||White River Golf Club|
|5 September 2019||Ray Phiri Memorial Lecture||University of Mpumalanga|
|7 September 2019||Mbombela Jazz Fest Main Event||Mbombela Stadium|
|8 September 2019||Black & Gold SundaySoul Session||Driekoppies Dam|
The Memorial Lecture, Golf Day, Creative Arts Development Indaba and Fashion Show feed into the festival’s main event on the 7th of September closing out the year’s festivities with a Sunday Jam Session on the 8th of September.
In a continuum from previous years, this year’s main event will once again welcome a mix of both up and coming artists as well as established performers ranging across a variety of different genres.
Set to take centre stage at the 3rd Annual Mbombela Jazz festival main event, audiences can look forward to performances by local and international artists including the likes of; Syleena Johnson from USA, Ringo, Amanda Mo from the Kingdom of eSwatini, Micasa, Sjava, Lady Zamar, the Muffinz, Blu-Lamp, Princess Indlovukazi, Brenda Mtambo, Chilla Flames and Kayzo.
During this year’s main music event and all throughout the festival month, the Creative Arts Indaba will include an SMME village that will provide the ideal platform for emergent designers and crafters from the province to market and sell their wares. During the same period a fashion show will also be hosted that will afford clothing and textile designers an opportunity to showcase their products and build awareness for their brands.
As a precursor to the main event, the Annual Mbombela Jazz Festival Golf Day also creates a prime opportunity for business to business networking and collaboration while at the same time assisting impoverished schools in the area. Proceeds generated during the Festival’s Golf Day event will be used to purchase school shoes for local children in need.
Highlighting the impact of tourism on day to day lives, the Mbombela Jazz Festival as well as the number of build-up events planned are all aimed at creating awareness on how local communities can benefit from hosting such events, inviting audiences of the main event to simultaneously explore the various travel and tourism offerings native to the province.