Africa Day 2016

Wednesday marks Africa Day 2016, a commemoration of the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (now the African Union) in 1963. While the AU concerns itself largely with the the politics and economics of the continent, internationally Africa Day is more about celebrating the people of Africa, their food, music and culture. And although it’s not recognised as a public holiday in South Africa (it is in six other African countries) it’s still celebrated with much fanfare! In Durban Africa Day forms part of the larger African Renaissance Festival that opened on Saturday with an African Day Concert featuring performers Kyle, Shekhinah, Cassper Nyovest and the Durban Nyts. And if you’re in Joburg this weekend make sure you head on down to the State Theatre in Pretoria to watch the granddaughter of Miriam Makeba, Zenzi Lee, take to the stage with a collection of her grandmother’s songs as part of the Africa Day celebrations taking place in Gauteng.

 

 

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