Line up of top musicians
August 19, 2017
Durban, South Africa: Popular South African music artists, Nasty C and Amanda Black, will be the headline acts at this year’s Durban Port Festival, hosted by Transnet National Ports Authority, in partnership with eThekwini Municipality, MSC Cruises, African Marine Solutions (AMSOL) and the South African Navy.
Durban Port Manager, Moshe Motlohi, said: “Over and above this being about the public learning more about our port, it’s also a platform for our local talent to showcase their capabilities. It was therefore important for us to ensure that our headline and supporting acts are local artists who are renowned in the industry.”
The event takes place from Saturday, 9 to Sunday, 10 September 2017, with the main stage at Festival Island opposite the Royal Natal Yacht Club. Other activities will take place around the N-Shed cruise terminal facility in Quayside Road off Margaret Mncadi Avenue.
Durban-born rapper, songwriter and record producer Nasty C, 20, released the first single Hell Naw off his debut album Bad Hair Extensions early in 2016. It peaked at No. 4 on the South African music charts. He has recorded with artists including Cassper Nyovest and Anati. Nasty C won four categories at the Metro FM Music Awards and was the youngest recipient of an award at the 2015 South African Hip Hop Awards.
Amanda Black, who describes her genre of music as “Afro-soul with a fusion of hip-hop and a bit of soul and rhythm and blues”, saw tremendous success with her award-winning hit single Amazulu. It features on her debut studio album Amazulu which was certified platinum three weeks after its release. Black also gained widespread public attention as a Top 7 finalist on Season 11 of Idols.
Festivalgoers can also look forward to being entertained by the likes of DJ Nivaadh, Handsome DJ and Band, Sparks Bantwana and DJ Thukzin over the festival weekend.
Some of the other action lined up so far includes tours of South African Navy ships, tugboat rides, a careers exhibition focusing on maritime vocations, a sailing regatta, sea rescue displays, a special kids’ zone, live music, plus an array of other waterside and landside activities. There will also be a craft market and food stalls where goodies can be purchased from local stallholders.
The two-day festival is part of Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) efforts to bring communities closer to the ports, creating ‘Smart People’s Ports’ that foster community engagement, tourism, leisure, recreation, and career and business opportunities.
The Durban Port Festival not only celebrates our city’s marine and maritime identity, but also the importance of our Oceans Economy, which government has earmarked as a catalyst for job creation and economic growth.
Entry to the Durban Port Festival is R30 for adults and R10 for children under the age of 16, with tickets available through Computicket. Festivities will run from 10h00 until 20h00 on Saturday, 9 September and from 10h00 until 17h00 on Sunday 10 September.
Watch the press and follow #DurbanPortFestival and #experienceourport on social media for further details. TNPA can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as @TransnetNPA.