S'Java was one of the headline acts at the Love Still Rocks Festival. Photo: Masego Panyane
S'Java was one of the headline acts at the Love Still Rocks Festival. Photo: Masego Panyane

'Love Still Rocks' sets Mpumalanga alight

By Masego Panyane Time of article published Mar 19, 2019

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The weekend saw a gathering of all the lovers in Mpumalanga at the fourth annual "Love Still Rocks" music festival. 

The festival, which was organised by one the biggest stations for Siswati and IsiNdebele listeners Ligwalagwala FM, had a line-up which featured a variety of DJs and was headlined by African trap musician Sjava, afro-soul crooner and  Afrotraction and house vocalist Indlovukazi.

The love-themed showcase was held at the Nutting House Lodge, also aimed to promote local tourism with the station providing listeners with an opportunity to go visit The Kruger National Park for an afternoon game drive the day after the festival.  

Chatting to the event coordinator of the station Mfanimpela Ndlala on the sidelines of the festival, Ndlala explained that "Love Still Rocks" had been postponed from February to March, due to weather issues.

“This year we decided to move it because February is the rainy season for us. We had to contend with the rain so we decided to move it to mid-March. We started with promoting prizes for 10 couples in February.  We are also quite pleased with the turn out this year, ” Ndlala said.

About its growth, Ndlala explained that last year they had just over 300 people in attendance, where this year they had about 1200 in attendance.

“As a station, we wanted to promote the idea of wholesome love and family setups, and that’s why we have this event every year,” he added.

When Afrotraction took to the stage the audience got together in their pairs slow dancing to the Swati love songs of the SAMA winning muso. When he sang a song titled Mpumalanga, the audience seemed to fall in love even more with the vocalist.

A few hours later, the BET award-winning Sjava took to stage. Even though some concert-goers had some unpleasant things to say about the muso’s 1 am set, the majority of the concertgoers sang word for word to some of Sjava's popular songs.

If all this massivity can be replicated in next year’s edition, waits to be seen.  

* Masego was a guest of South African Tourism and Ligwalagwala FM. 

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