Tidal Waves to Perform at Africa Day Groove in Soweto
The Internationally Acclaimed Reggae Band Tidal Waves is to perform at the Africa Day Groove Music Festival on the 25 of May 2019 at Soweto Theatre.
The Africa Day Groove is a gathering of Music, Art and Literature Lovers and most of all, Lovers of Africa. It is also a commemoration of the Africa liberation day which was first held in Ethiopia in 1963, which symbolizes the Unity of Africans to achieve greatness. The aim is to showcase talent from all over the country and continent at large through a great Musical line up and African Knowledge systems workshops.
Tidal Waves last performed in Soweto in 2016 and had this to say about playing at Soweto Theatre
“We are very excited and upfull about how the reception of ‘Original Music played for Original People’ will be felt.”
The Four Piece band comprises of Zakes Wulana the founding member on Vocals and Guitar, Charlie Mathopa on Bass, Charlie Papasha on Keys and Sphiwe Kubone on drums. Tidal Waves was formed in 1998, originally from Klerksdorp, a small mining town in the North West. The band art was inspired by Harari and traditional African music, that brought forth the new sound which is the mixture of Maskandi, Rock, Blues, Reggae and Jazz; Original Music for Original People. The band has so far released 6 albums and they are busy in the studio with their 7th offering. They’ve worked with Ziggy Marley as a backing band during the 2010 world cup tournament which was held in South Africa, Nkulee Dube, Anthony B, Luciano and Angola and the Groaners. They have toured in New Zealand, Germany, France, Belgium, Holland, Botswana, Seychelles, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe and performed in big festivals like Oppikoppi, Innibos, Rocking the daisies, Rumfest, Moshito, Zakifo and in many clubs around the country.
They released their album, “Tomorrow Starts Today” in 2016 and will be performing songs from this body of work as well as hits we know and love like “Money“.
The Producer of the show Tshiamo Mosenyi says the main reason for creating this festival is that he wanted to put all musicians on the line up on one stage as he believes they are all on their A game. The event is family oriented and he urges parents to bring their little ones to enjoy the day too. There will be workshops on the same day, literature and music.
Also on the line up will be Afrika Cele – who’s the Daughter of Thuthukani Cele, a member of the Lucky Dube Band;. AfroSoul band, Urban Village, Afro Rock Band, Teedo, Radio 123, Cape Town based Addis Ababa, Sun Xa Experiment and Six Mabone.
The Africa Groove will take place at Soweto Theatre, on 25 May 2019 Africa Day; and will start at 12:00 till 22:00. Entrance is R100 and tickets are available at Soweto Theatre and at Pick and Pay.
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