|Third World Band|
One of the highlights will be a musical tribute to the late African singer Miriam Makeba, performed by trumpeter and bandleader Hugh Masekela along with three of
's most acclaimed vocalists - Vusi Mahlasela, Thandiswa Mazwai, and Zolani Mahola. The show, with Masekela as musical director, originally made its debut at the Rio Loco Festival in South Africa , in June 2010, to much acclaim. The performers will cover Makeba classics like “Pata Pata, " Toulouse, France blues", and "Meet me at the river". Soweto
Also generating excitement is the appearance of pioneering reggae band
Third World from . Bunny Rugs, lead singer of the group, said that the musicians were themselves thrilled to be going to the festival. Jamaica
“Back in the early Eighties, Third World Band was invited to perform in
for a large sum of money, but the band chose humanity over money,” Rugs says. " South Africa Third World would rather have reaped the true riches in our hearts and spirit than support the radical racism and segregation of apartheid."
Now almost 30 years later, the band has been invited back to
to represent South Africa with “obviously far less money” but with “great honour”, Rugs adds. Jamaica
Third World has been going strong since 1973 and their fans appreciate their commitment to their roots and to “traditional” reggae. But Rugs says the group also appreciates the fans’ dedication.
“We are so looking forward to entertaining our family in the motherland of
during this homecoming,” he told SWAN. South Africa
Others scheduled to perform at the festival include R&B singer James Ingram, former Fugees vocalist Lauryn Hill and jazz pianist Adam Glasser.