Perennially popular South African pop artists Freshlyground will be performing at the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden as part of the fifth season of the winter series, Old Mutual Music in the Gardens, on Sunday, August 23.
Freshlyground formed in early 2002, and is made up of seven diverse musicians from South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Fronted by the diminutive Zolani Mahola, the band exudes a live performance energy that has been the bedrock of their success.
Freshlyground’s musical style blends elements of traditional South African music (such as kwela and African folk music), blues, jazz, and features of indie rock. The group launched their debut album, ‘Jika Jika’, in 2003 under their own Freeground Records label, the immediate success of which firmly cemented the band as one of South Africa’s most successful young acts.
On July 18, 2009, at the Wembley Stadium, in London the group performed during the Mandela Day celebrations in a star studded line-up that included Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Wyclef Jean and a host of international names as well as contingent of African stars such as Angelique Kidjo and Baaba Maal joining Grammy Award winners, The Soweto Gospel Choir, to name a few.
During the 2010 Fifa World Cup, Freshlyground together with pop star Shakira performed the song ‘Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)’ at the pre-tournament kick-off concert in Soweto on June 10. The group also won a 2009 SAMA award in the category: Best Global Chart DVD: Freshlyground Live! South African Tour’.
The fifth Old Mutual Music in the Gardens series has again featured the hottest names in South African music since kicking off in June, and will continue until November. Held in the idyllic Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden and Pretoria National Botanical Garden, the series will ensure that you and your family stay toasty while the temperatures dip curing the last dregs of winter.
From Jaziel Brothers, Simphiwe Dana and Freshlyground through to Shortstraw and South Africa’s best The Parlotones, concert goers can expect an afternoon of music that will entertain the whole family. Concert goers are encouraged to come early, bring a picnic basket and spend a leisurely day in the mild Winter sun.
* The concert kicks off at 1pm. Entry is R50, with children under 13 entering for free.
Visit www.sanbi.org/events for more information.
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