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Concert celebrates Africa Day in S. Africa

06-01-2011 08:50 BJT

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South African music lovers braved the cold winter of Johannesburg this past weekend to enjoy a concert by some of Africa's most acclaimed musicians. The event worth flying south for was to celebrate Africa Day.

The concert in Johannesburg saw Senegal's Baaba Maal and Mali' Habib Koite take to the stage, alongside South Africa's Mahotela queens for Africa Day. The annual event aims to celebrate unity and diversity on the continent.

Maal, who is world renowned for his masterful blend of West African musical styles with blues, funk and folk, is also known to be a tireless activist, who is involved in many causes in Africa. Maal said that although Africa still faces many challenges, the continent still has a lot of potential.

Baaba Maal, Senegalese musician, said, "With all these challenges, I think the future of Africa is bright. Because Africa has all the potentiality that when it's very well promoted, very well secured and very well organized, it's gonna bring a brighter life on the continent, we have to know that"

Guitarist and vocalist Habib Koite from Mali also thrilled the audience with his mix of rock and folk Malian sound.

South African music lovers braved the cold winter of Johannesburg this past weekend to
enjoy a concert by some of Africa's most acclaimed musicians. The event worth flying
south for was to celebrate Africa Day.

Habib Koite, Malian singer and guitarist, said, "There is a network of piracy, Africa day can create a legal network to distribute and to promote musicians, to create a stage for African musicians."

The Mahotella queens performed their style of Mbaqanga also known as township music, which got the audience on their feet.

Phindile Makatane, audience member, said, "I think it was fresh, I really enjoyed myself, and it was just a good fusion of different artists from different African continents, yeah I really did enjoy myself."

The year's event was organized by the City of Johannesburg's Arts and Culture and the French Embassy.

Now on its 48th anniversary, Africa Day marks the creation of the Organization of African Unity on May 25, 1963, which is now known as the African Union.

 

Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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