Uncover the best musical entertainment at the Ugu Maskandi Music Festival 2023

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The unique sounds of maskandi music will once again attract crowds to the KZN South Coast with the third annual Ugu Maskandi Music Festival set to take place on Saturday, 30 September, at Ugu Sports & Leisure Centre in Gamalakhe.

The event, which is supported by South Coast Tourism & Investment Enterprise (SCTIE), is a culturally significant way to celebrate the end of Heritage Month.

This festival, which is set to be the biggest one yet, is being organised by Ugu Broadcasting Services in partnership with the Cultural and Creative Industries Federation of South Africa (CCIFSA), Umuziwabantu Municipality, Ray Nkonyeni Municipality, Vodacom, and SCTIE.

“It’s an honour to welcome the talented artists and maskandi music lovers to the KZN South Coast once again for this much-anticipated festival,” said Phelisa Mangcu, CEO of SCTIE. “This is a great celebration of our rich heritage, a welcome boost in visitors during Tourism Month, and an excellent opportunity to showcase the KZN South Coast as a premier event-hosting destination,” said Mangcu.

Siyabonga Mkhungo, director of Ugu Broadcasting Services and the event organiser, said the festival will showcase local talent.

“We are excited to once again host this event, as we believe we’re on the correct path to establishing a household event that will become a part of the Ugu District Culture for many years to come. We started this festival with a clear intention to embrace our culture and heritage as Nguni people through art and crafts. This year, the event will cater for our local artists from the KZN South Coast, who will make up 80% of the festival’s line-up.”

This year’s line-up welcomes Bahubhe, Mphuphe, Igcokama Elisha, Skweletu, Mageza, Ezechalaha, Amavukela Mbuso, Mjolisi, Ntencane, Khuzani, Lagxabha… and many more! General tickets cost R100, and VIP tickets cost R650, available online at Webtickets and Ticketpro, as well as Pick n Pay. No U18s allowed.

Uncover Heritage Month adventure on the KZN South Coast

Visitors to the KZN South Coast can embark on a variety of culturally rich excursions this Heritage Month.

The rich cultural history of the Zulu nation can be experienced at Ntelezi Msani Heritage Centre in Mthwalume, with the KwaNzimakwe Experience and Nyandezulu Experience offering immersive cultural excursions in the hinterland.

Uncover the history of the Roman Catholic Mission Stations by taking the Mission Tourism Route stopping in at The Capuchin Adoration Convent in Pumula; Maris Stella Mission at Oshabeni; Assisi Mission at Oshabeni; and Maria Trost Mission in St Faiths. There’s also the 8km Weza Hiking Trail crossing two amaKhosi areas; and the 71km Umzumbe River Trail with authentic homestays.

Alongside the Ugu Sports & Leisure Centre, the KZN South Coast is also hosting Ugu International Film Festival from 14 to 16 September and The South Coast Marathon on 24 September from Ugu Sports & Leisure Centre. From 4 to 10 September, it’s the Sho’t Left Travel Week campaign where South Africans up to 50% off travel experiences, accommodation, and historical and cultural tours. The KZN South Coast tourism establishments participating in Sho’t Left Travel Week will advertise on the Specials tab of the website.

Uncover all the adventure on the KZN South Coast by downloading the ‘Explore KZN South Coast’ app, visiting the website, checking out the Events Calendar, the KZN South Coast Meeting Planner Guide and more! Don’t miss out on the action by following South Coast Tourism on Facebook; South Coast Tourism and Investment Enterprise on YouTube; @infosouthcoast on Twitter or Instagram; and South Coast Tourism & Investment Enterprise on LinkedIn. And click here to check out previous SCTIE press releases. Follow the hashtags #uncover #uncoverkznsouthcoast #uncoveradventure #kznsouthcoast

Don’t miss out on Sho’t Left Travel Week annual tourism sale South Africans get up to 50% off of travel experiences, accommodation, and historical and cultural tours when they book from 4 to 10 September 2023. To find out more, visit www.shotleft.co.za.