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One Night in Africa – Oliver Mtukudzi and Friends

Featuring guest appearances by: Hugh Masekela, Judith Sephuma, Steve Dyer and Siphokhazi & Live Performance by Zahara. Presented by: DStv, Kaya Fm and Carnival City. A Breakout Management Production…

Living legend Oliver Mtukudzi celebrates his 60th birthday year at Carnival City on the 2nd November. No stranger to the South African music scene Oliver’s 60th birthday coincides with the release of his 60th studio album, ‘Sarawoga’.

Few musical legends have achieved the kind of regional and international status as Oliver has. From the front cover of time magazine to his appointment as a UNICEF goodwill ambassador, Mtukudzi’s fame, stage craft and music prowess are legendary.

To celebrate these two incredible milestones Oliver invites all of his fans to his first performance in Johannesburg for 2012 for his 60th birthday performance which promises to be something very special as he invites his musical friends to guest with him on stage throughout the 120 minute performance. Stars such Judith Sephuma, Hugh Masekela, Siphokazi and Steve Dyer will join Oliver on stage for select songs as he plays the hits from a lifetime in music.

As one legend surveys his achievements and lifetime of music another legend emerges from the wings. Zahara who needs no introduction has arrived on the South African and international scene with a song and a drive that has left all others in her dust. Honoured to be on the same bill as Oliver as he celebrates his 60th birthday the show celebrates one legend and welcomes another into the spotlight as their lifetime in music begins.

Another ‘birthday’ worth noting is the one year anniversary of the launch of the One Night in Africa Series.

DStv were there one year ago for the inaugural concert at Carnival City in October 2011. The country’s leading cable brand, have a keen an eye for talent and entertainment brand building. The series that hosts hometown musical heroes and in this case legends has struck a chord with the DStv audience and who’s continued support of the brand has meant that it continues to grow and evolve into an event property that is synonymous with high end production value, musical collaborations and performances not to be missed.

It was the break away hit ‘Todii’ that cemented a love affair and relationship that has lasted almost two decades. Kaya Fm were the first radio station in the country to highlight the massive talent to the north of our borders by breaking the now well known single ‘Todii’. Kaya Fm have helped make Oliver a household name in South Africa and it was Oliver’s music that stuck resonance with Kaya’s commitment to quality African music that played a part in the development of Kaya’s massive audience and market share.

These relationships have been written in the stars by the stars.

TICKETS FROM: http://online.computicket.com/web/event/one_night_in_africa/682098104/0/50983341

For more information:

Kevin Stuart – production management – kevin@breakoutmanagment.co.za

www.breakoutmanagment.co.za

Kentridge Tlale – PR and media – kentridge@sheer.co.za

Manu Dibango – Past Present Future

For the first time in 16 years, Manu Dibango goes into the studio to create, compose and record new music. He is surrounded by the new generation of talented artists from around the world, such as Wayne Beckford, Passi, Oum, Pit Baccardi, Safehaus etc… Manu has captured each of their musical universes, which gives the album a unique sound. It’s already a classical album in the long and prestigious musical catalogue of Manu Dibango. Past Present Future, the new studio album by Manu Dibango, is a mix of pop – afrofunk – soul – hip hop – electro rock and jazz. A novel album reflecting the changing musical times. Engaged and groovy!

Manu Dibango is the first artist with African origins to be number 1 on the US Billboard with the planetary hit Soul Makossa, recorded in 1972. Rihanna, Jay-Z, Eminem, Jennifer Lopez, Akon, Will Smith, Kanye West, Milli Vanilli. Fugees, Wyclef Jean, Mark Wahlberg, A Tribe Called Quest and of course The King of Pop himself Michael Jackson are on the long list of artists who have sampled Manu Dibango. Manu has released over 35 albums.

Manu Dibango is Cameroon’s, and perhaps Africa’s, best-known jazz saxophonist. Starting in the 1950s, he became a globe-trotting musician, living and performing in France, Belgium, Jamaica, Zaire, and Cote d’Ivoire, as well as in Cameroon. In 1960, Dibango was one of the founding members of the Zairean band African Jazz. World attention came to Dibango with the release in 1972 of Soul Makossa. Dibango’s output has been prodigious and multi-faceted. He has worked with musicians such as Fela Kuti, Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, Don Cherry, and the Fania All-Stars. He served as the first chairman of the Cameroon Music Corporation and was appointed a UNESCO Artist for Peace in 2004.

Manu Dibango performs at the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz on the Conga Stage on Friday, August 24 and Saturday, August 25.