Madiba gets top billing at Cape bash

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Fireworks flare over Cape Town's Waterfront last New Years Eve. Photo: Matthew Jordaan

Cape Town - Nelson Mandela will not be forgotten at Cape Town’s New Year’s Eve bash – the City Hall is to be illuminated with a huge 3D video display on his life.

Local band Trenton and Free Radical will show the crowds how to the do the much-loved “Madiba jive”.

The video-mapping display will form part of a five-minute lighting, laser and fireworks show that will mark the start of 2014 and Cape Town’s year as the World Design Capital.

The Grand Parade will be the epicentre of the city’s new year celebrations and top DJs, performers and dancers will keep the crowds entertained until the countdown to midnight.

Toya Delazy, DJs Ready D, Fresh, Classy Menace, Dr Jules and Mixi will play on huge cubes atop a triangular stage.

The stage has been designed to amplify an electro-dance environment, said the city.

The design of the City Hall will also be celebrated in lights - a “fitting” nod to Cape Town’s World Design Capital status, it said.

Table Mountain will also be illuminated.

Grant Pascoe, mayoral committee member for tourism, events and marketing, said the celebrations would be followed by the Nagtroepe, or Malay Choirs, parade, which would proceed down Keizersgracht, pass the City Hall and end at the Bo-Kaap Museum.

“The City of Cape Town has pulled out all the stops this festive season to present the very best of the city’s unique and diverse cultures. It is inclusive events like these that unite our communities and afford us the opportunity to welcome our numerous visitors in a vibrant spirit,” Pascoe said.

Big screens and music delay towers will ensure no one misses a beat of the party that will “put Cape Town on top of the world”.

Cape Argus

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