Festival ‘Keita(red)’ to everyone

Music genres included kwaito, traditional African, isi-Xhosa pop and experimental vibes. Mali-born singer Salif Keita also performed. The festival was part of the 11th Spier Arts Summer Season and kicked off on Thursday night.

Freshlyground, the award-winning local band, and singer Vusi Mahlasela set the tone with Songs of Hope on Thursday at 8.30pm.

Keita claimed the spotlight on Friday at 8.30pm. His sound draws on his homeland and has achieved worldwide recognition. SA saxophonist and jazz muso Rus Nerwich was also part of the night’s line-up.

Musicians took to the open-air Spier Field from 2.30pm. All evening concerts took place in the Spier Amphitheatre from 8.30pm.

Multi-instrumentalist Neo Muyanga, singer Zamajobe and kwaito’s Mafikizolo played on Saturday afternoon. Muyanga plays the nylon string guitar, acoustic piano and mesinko, a traditional Ethiopian bow instrument.

If you could’t catch Zamajobe in the afternoon, you still had a chance on Saturday evening with Zimbabwe-born Dorothy Masuka.

Traditional sounds mark today( Sunday) as Thandiswa Mazwai and Maveric take the mic. Experimentalists were not be disappointed by the Kolo Novo Movie Band. A mind-entangling affair ensued as they went on stage with a “fusion of Gypsy, Serbian, Macedonian, Bulgarian, Romanian and African melodies, backed by a contemporary DJ”. Louis Mhlanga ends the festival tonight. He is a self-taught guitarist who copied the musical styles of Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones when he was 10 years old.

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