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Published on July 30th, 2013 | by www.artlink.co.za news

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Madiba magic at Marimba and Steelpan Festival – South Africa

More than 1400 musicians from South Africa and beyond will come together in a thrilling spectacle at the International Marimba and Steelpan Festival.  Now in its second year, this entertaining family-oriented musical event will feature a special tribute to Nelson Mandela at 12:30pm on Saturday, 3 August. All the marimba and steelpan players will perform a piece accompanied by a massed choir, two young rappers and local music luminaries Dave Reynolds and Pops Mohamed, as well as American musician Andy Narell, arguably the greatest steelpannist in the world today.

Hosted by Education Africa in partnership with St Benedict’s College, the festival will see various riveting marimba and steelpan competitions taking place over two entertainment-packed days, featuring players ranging from eight-year-olds to adults. Audiences can also experience the world premiere of the Christo Jankowitz composition Carnival Faces, to be performed by Magda de Vries at the festival.

The participating marimba and steelpan musicians hail from all over South Africa as well as from Swaziland, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Nigeria. A truly inclusive event, the festival also provides platform for mentally challenged musicians and those living in townships and rural areas.

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