AMERIAN R&B singer Kenny Lattimore perfoms at the Mapungubwe Arts Festival in Polokwane on Saturday night. filed- 091212 Picture: Moloko Moloto


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American R&B singer Kenny Lattimore enthralled revellers at the Mapungubwe Arts Festival.

The For You hitmaker was greeted with rapturous applause at the Polokwane Cricket Club at the start of the show on Saturday.

His exhilarating dancing prowess captivated the crowd.

The crooner held the audience spellbound for more than an hour with evergreen songs such as All My Tomorrows and Days Like This. But it was the hit Never Too Busy that had his fans swooning.

Some, like Thato Sedikwe, Tsholofelo Letsholonyane and their friend Refiloe, had come all the way from North West to attend the annual music festival.

“For me, Polokwane is my second home. I lived here for five years, this is superb,” said Letsholonyane.

She urged the festival organisers to include artists such as Caiphus Semenya, his wife Letta Mbulu, “The Voice” Vusi Mahlasela and Oliver Mtukudzi in next year’s line-up.

The multi-award-winning Zahara, FreshlyGround, Jonas Gwangwa, Zakes Bantwini, Tsepo Tshola, jazz maestro Jimmy Dludlu and many others were among the local artists who performed.

Songbird Judith Sephuma was on stage immediately after Lattimore. She upped the tempo, and it seemed as if everyone in the audience knew the lyrics to all her songs.

Friends Saki Papo, Prudence Marutla and Lebitsi Setsiba were happy with the performances.

“The quality of the sound this year is very good,” said Setsiba.

“Next year, I would like to be here with my mother. Perhaps the organisers should consider bringing the likes of [Malian singer] Salif Keita,” she added.

Bernice Chau, from Toronto, Canada, visiting a university friend, said:

“I don’t understand the language, but you know that music is universal.”