Amanda Black Picture: Ian Landsberg
Amanda Black Picture: Ian Landsberg

Amanda Black, Samthing Soweto, Vusi Mahlasela to wrap up #NAF18

By Nokuthula Zwane Time of article published Jul 7, 2018

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Less than 24 hours remain for the National Arts Festival in the newly named town ‘Makhanda’, formerly known as Grahamstown. 

Festival spokesperson, Sascha Polkey said productions such as The Borrow Pit, Amanda Black, The Gala Concert and AGAIN by Rob Van Vuuren and ​jazz Nduduzo Makhathini are among the sows that sold out during the festival.

The festival is known for a 11 days of appreciation for various artists in music, dance, visual arts, performing art and business.

The festival kicked off on June 28 and ends on Sunday.

“This year we have a few shows that have done well where we have had to move venues in order to open up tickets,” said the organizers. 

Productions such as The Borrow Pit, Amanda Black, The Gala Concert and AGAIN by Rob Van Vuuren.

The festival kicked off on June 28 and ends on Sunday.

The 44th annual festival continues to host different people from around the country.

Festival goer Themba Mabaso, told us he believed the festival flew by quickly because there was so many things to do yet so little time.

“I can't believe that the weekend is over. I mean, the festival has over 200 shows and we are spoilt for choice. I can all the way from Port Elizabeth to experience the festival once again,” said Mabaso.

This year Amanda Black, Samthing Soweto and Vusi Mahlasela were be among the few artists who performed for the The Standard bank and National Arts Festival. Amanda a platinum-selling and proud amaXhosa artist shot to fame after her debut hit single ‘Amazulu’ i​ n 2016.

The singer/ songwriter performed at the Guy Butler Hall in Grahamstown and audiences were taken aback by her mere presence on stage.

In front of packed auditorium, she told her fans she was grateful for the continued support especially in the town of Makhanda.

“This week is exactly two years when, AmaZulu came out and I am happy I am celebrating it with you Grahamstown,” she told fans.

Local teenage fan who did not want to reveal her name told The Star she love Amanda and was not prepared to miss her shows.

"Oh my gosh she even touched by hand. I am glad I came she is one local artist and not pared to miss for anything,” she said

The festival is known to contribute over 94.4 million to the economy of Grahamstown and R377.15 million to the economy of the Eastern Cape.

According to organizers confirmed to that five of the biggest shows were sold out, namely Samthing Soweto, Vusi Mahlasela, The Very Big Comedy Show, Nduduzo Makhathini and Amanda Black.


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