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17th African Cultural Calabash

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  • Event:              17th African Cultural Calabash Festival
  • Theme:            Asibuyel’ezimpandeni Zethu (Going back to our roots) 
  • Time:               20th May 2022, 7:00pm. 
  • Venue:             Facebook page – African music project https://web.facebook.com/watch/African-Music-Project-103257617733122/
  • Tickets:           Free 


  • Usikompilo – Indlamu group  
  • Mbomboshe – Afropop 
  • The Joy – Male acapella quintet
  • Bavikile Ngema– Indigenous African instrument, Umakhweyane 


University of KwaZulu-Natal

African Music Outreach Community Development Class (2022)

Contacts:        Thobeka Sibiya (0813106078)

Dr. Patricia Opondo, Opondop@ukzn.ac.za Festival Curator 

The University of KwaZulu – Natal School of Arts, Music Discipline Presents: 

Asibuyel’ezimpandeni Zethu – going back to our roots. The theme for this year’s festival presents a sense of belonging and connecting with our roots as the African continent. It reminds us of the importance of reflecting on our cultures. The show will feature various artists who love indigenous music and dance. The festival opens with Usikompilo, who has travelled all over the country doing what they do best. They are young, energetic, and a super talented indlamu group. Joining the exquisite festival lineup is none other than our young star Mbomboshe, an alumnus of the UKZN African Music and Dance (AMD) program. He just released his hot new single titled Themba lami. Next will be Bavikile Ngema (intomb’endala) playing the famous instrument Umakhweyane which is dearly loved. She has performed locally and abroad in Germany and Namibia and currently teaches in the UKZN AMD program. The Joy will complete the festival lineup, an acapella male vocal quintet. Like the name says, they bring nothing but joy to the stage, making them one of the best Afro Soul groups who have also gone viral on social media. 



May 20 2022


7:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: May 20 2022
  • Time: 1:00 pm

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Dr. Patricia Opondo