Afrikaans music will take centre stage at this weekend’s Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens when seven of the country’s leading acts wil get together for two marathon open-air concerts.
The heartthrobs from the boy band Eden and the king of Afrikaans dance hits, Kurt Darren, promise to once again have audiences on their feet when they perform their newest hits and some old favourites on Friday (December 12) and Saturday (December 13) evening respectively.
The a capella-group Flip-a-Coin, Wasserfall and Shine4 will share the stage with Eden on the opening night, while Stefan Ludik and DJ Ossewa will join Darren the following evening.
Sevens marketing manager, Laurence Finn, says a weekend pass allows the holder to enjoy both the concerts, each lasting roughly four hours, as well as the rugby and other entertainment from 12 to 14 December.
Darren, who recently received Huisgenoot Tempo awards for best dance album and favourite male artist, has just launched his 15th album Uit die diepte van my hart. He will be performing songs featured on this album, including “Af en Af” and “Kaptein”, for the first time locally.
Wasserfall and Flip-a-Coin, both with a rapidly growing national fan base, will be performing in Port Elizabeth for the first time.
Wasserfall’s music moves easily between the different genres, reflecting band members Dewald Wasserfall and Larry Pullen’s belief in the originality of music and ideas. Their lyrics are sharp and the guitar riffs bring to mind the likes of U2, Coldplay, John Mayer and even Linkin Park.
The duo will be followed by the shimmering ladies of Shine4, in one of their final performances, after which the focus shifts to the hunky guys from Eden.
Stefan Ludik, a self-taught guitarist who has built up an impressive repertoire of original songs, will get the Saturday show off to a rocking start before making way to Darren. DJ Ossewa, with their unique style, pulsating beats and hilarious wardrobe, will make sure the party continues way into the night.
Weekend passes are available from Computicket at R150 for adults and R90 for students and scholars. Day passes cost R75 and are available at the gate.
For more information, visit www.nmbs.co.za or phone Finn at 084 507 3175 or Jacques Steyn at 083 458 4390.
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