Mapungubwe Arts Festival mixes it up


    The Mapungubwe Jazz Festival on Sunday 23 March features Mafikizolo, Kurt Darren, Selaelo Selota, Mi Casa, Uhuru and many others.

    • Khathu Sadiki
    +27 82 932 6086
    +27 15 284 4006
    • Jermina Kaka +27 82 560 7197
    +27 15 284 4321

    Staff writer

    A carnival, women’s boxing match, craft market, gospel extravaganza, cool jazz and Miss Mapungubwe beauty pageant – there’s lots to see at Limpopo’s week-long Mapungubwe Arts Festival.

    The festival, set to run from Monday 17 to Sunday 23 March in the Limpopo capital of Polokwane, is to be held as a celebration of South Africa’s 20 years of freedom.

    It kicks off on Monday with a parade and carnival through the streets of Polokwane, from Olympic Towers to the SABC Park, accompanied by performances by cultural groups, a brass band, drum majorettes and local DJs and musicians. Later in the day boxer Bukiwe Nonina will defend her South African female lightweight title in a match at the Nirvana Community Hall.

    The Mapungubwe Craft Market will be open throughout the week, which will also see a number of theatre performances, arts and culture workshops, music and sporting activities.

    On Friday evening, DJ Complexion will host the Miss Mapungubwe beauty pageant at Polokwane’s flagship Peter Mokaba Stadium.

    The week-long event winds up with two music festivals, gospel and jazz, to be held at the Polokwane Cricket Club.

    The Mapungubwe Gospel Festival on Saturday 22 March will run from 11h00 until late, and features performances from Rebecca Malope, Sifiso Ncwane, Hlengiwe Mhlaba, Debra Fraser and more.

    The Mapungubwe Jazz Festival on Sunday 23 March also will also start at 11h00 and run late, and features Mafikizolo, Kurt Darren, Selaelo Selota, Mi Casa and many others.

    For more information and interview arrangements, contact Khathu Sadiki 082 932 6086 or 015 284 4006, email, or Jermina Kaka on 082 560 7197 015 284 4321, email