The annual cultural, music and sport event attracts thousands of people from all over the country including the neighbouring SADC states viz. Lesotho, Namibia, Mozambique etc and most importantly the people of the Free State province which hosts the event stand to benefit from the economic spin-offs the occasion brings.
Macufe has the potential to contribute significantly to the region’s economic development tenfold this year. As it is customary, during the ten day event the tourism industry will thrive as the revellers will be exposed to the South African cuisine, African curio shops and township experience over and above the entertainment from African artists coming as afar afield as Nigeria as well as USA grammy nominated singers.
This event, since its inception is known for being a springboard for budding local artists giving them exposure and a platform to showcase their talent leading them being discovered by big management companies and music promoters.
Before and during the event, as experienced in previous instalments of this event business revenue, business profit, personal wages and jobs go in an upward trajectory giving economic relief to the region which is otherwise a region hard hit by unemployment.
The hospitality industry in the Free State province is booming during this period with hotels, b&b’s putting up the ‘full’sign months before the event actually takes place. Revellers resort to booking at far away[up to 80 km’s away from Bloemfontein where the event takes place] in the game Reserves.
Celebrating 18 years of bringing world-class local and international entertainment, this year’s event kicks off with Tshepe Hip Hop, a youth targeted battle of DJ’s, to be held at The Dome (Old Grey Sports Ground) on Friday 2 October. Featured are J Cob; Maths; Papa Zee; Naycha; The Fratenity; Frog, AKA; Anathi; Reason; Ab Crazy; HHP; Dunamis; DJ Dimplex; Dj Shaxe; DJ Waxx; and Dj Two Zero.
Saturday, 3 October will be reserved for Miss Free State Glamorous evening at Bloemfontein Showgrounds.
Sunday, 4 October will be set for intensely moving songs and anthems of praise, worship and hope at The Dome, Old Grey Sports Ground. Spiritually charged performances by Mzansi’s top gospel singers led by S’fiso Ncwane; Benjamin Dube; Connie Lamola; Teboho; Tshepiso; Kgosi; Israel Mosehle; Mike; Bakamela; Keorapetse; Nkosi Dumako; Umsingizane, Thoko; Pulse of Joy; Lejweleputswa Gospel Choir, and Sechaba.
Monday, 5 October to Friday 9 October for a free entrance at Markgraaf & Elizabeth Streets, tourists and locals will be treated to arts and craft boasting Mzansi’s diverse cultures. On the same week, young and aspiring artists will showcase their talents in Theatre, Drama and Poetry at Civic Theatre, Musicon.
Wednesday, 7 October will be for lots and lots of laughter when Mzansi’s top comedians belt it out at The Dome.
Thursday, 8 October, will be jazz gurus at The Indoor Jazz to be held at the Dome. Led by nine times GRAMMY nominated American saxophonist, Dave Koz; Nigerian born guitarist – Kunle; Cuban band Sierra Maestra and Victor Kgantlape.
Friday, 9 October, will be The Divas Concert featuring American R & B songstress Tamia; and our own ladies – Lira, Maleh and Bucie. The concert is also at the Dome.
On the same day will be an All White Party at Macufe Urban Youth Festival at a venue still to be announced. The line-up consists of Black Coffee; Ricky Rick, Sphectacular & Naves; Naked DJ; Mo Flava; Lootlove; Finzo; Shaxe; Major League; VJ Nutty.
Headlining at the Main Festival, Rose Gardens on Saturday 10 October are Mzansi’s award winning acts such as Mafikizolo; The Soil; Legendary couple – Caiphus Semenya and Letta Mbuli; Tshepo Tshola; Jaziel Brothers; Tamia (USA); Dave Koz (USA); Flavour (Nigeria); Unathi and Free State’s crème de la crème – Bonolo; Tsoakae; Peter Nthoane and Allay Yen.
On the same Saturday will be Macufe Corporate Village at Free State Stadium.
As per custom the event will conclude with the popular Macufe cup that sees PSL team Bloemfontein Celtics play Kaizer Chiefs on Sunday 11 October at Free-State Stadium.
Macufe’s events never fail to sell out; so patrons are advised to book their tickets and make early accommodation arrangements so as to avoid disappointments. Tickets to all events are available at Computicket nation-wide.