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Gauteng got its groove back at the weekend as fans boogied down to three music festivals across Joburg and Pretoria.
At Zoo Lake yesterday, the dust rose as 18 000 people jumped as one to one of the biggest hits of this year, Mafikizolo’s Khona.
The celebration marked the opening of Joburg Arts Alive, which continues for the next 10 days.
The annual Jazz on the Lake is a free concert and sees people from all over the city enjoying the best music this country and a couple of others have to offer.
It might have been cold out but families set up their camper chairs and cooler boxes and enjoyed some international jazz, including New Orleans-based group the Satchmo Trumpet Trio.
Local band Mafikizolo were the headline act in a line-up that included the legendary Phuzekhemisi.
Gospel artist Brenda Mtambo opened proceedings with a stunning performance.
In keeping with the Brics theme of Joburg Arts Alive, the Sufi gospel project from India formed a magical mixture of tablas, flutes and traditional Indian instruments, but used jazz and gospel inspirations as their basis.
Meanwhile at Moretele Park in Mamelodi on Saturday, thousands of diehard music fans got down to the Tribute to South African Music Heroes Concert hosted by Drakensberg Promotions and other stakeholders.
Mafikizolo managed to bring much-needed fire to the show with new tracks Khona and Saka Harebe Bone (Get Down, and let us see you).
Lead singer Theo Kgosinkwe teased the crowd, saying “I suggest you grab your lover, or, better, get down, if you don’t want to freeze to death.”
Organisers said the line-up was designed to include emerging musicians, such as Toya de Lazy, this year and Zahara last year, and local music industry stalwarts such as Caiphus Semenya, Hugh Masekela, Barney Rachabane, Stimela and Thandiswa Mazwai.
De Lazy’s set kicked off with jets of flame spitting from the four corners of the stage, with street dancers wearing white masks.
“Didn’t I hear some of you booing? I guess I am boo de Lazy tonight, huh?” said De Lazy with a sly smile before signing off.
Isaac Mahamba, spokesman for the Tshwane metro police, said: “We are happy with the outcome of the event. There were no mega incidents reported, just two minor incidents where a police dog bit a person who had to be rushed to the local hospital.
“The other incident was a drunk person who fell into the pool and was also rushed to hospital.”
At the third music festival of the weekend, Prime Circle rocked the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens in Roodepoort yesterday. They were supported by bands Jet Black Camaro and Naming James.