The Carnival, launched last October, is a two-day jamboree including music, art, book exhibitions, food, wine, beer and a fun park.
Hosted by DOZ Holdings in partnership with Ulkhozi FM, Department of Arts and Culture, Transnet and Endumeni Municipality – the carnival is in celebration of the people of South African in their cultural mosaic through music and art.
The event spreads over two days with the first night on 23 September featuring a long table dinner under the sky in the main street of Dundee followed with an indoor Jazz performance by Jazz pianist Afrika Mkhize and bassist Thuto and the bands. Entertainment during dinner will be provided by Marcia – an upcoming Afro-Soul solo artist currently making waves in restaurant and pub circuit. The dinner under the sky starts at 18h30 until 20h30. The indoor jazz show is at the Dundee Country Inn starting at 21H00 until late.
The second day of the event – 24 September – includes day activities such as a street parade by various cultural groups and street performers, art, book and wine exhibition, a career exhibition, beer garden, foodstalls , a kiddies fun park and a music festival – which only starts at 18h30 until late. The event is hosted at the Dundee Oval.
Artists featured at the music festival Thandiswa Mazwai, maskandi duo Shwi Nomtekhala, South Africa’s second “ white Zulu” Qadasi (real name David Jenkins) and his maskandi group; Joburg-based Afro-Funk group Urban Village;2013 South African idols season 9 winner Musa “Mr Serious” Sukwene – whose hit single “Mthande” with Robbie Malinga – is currently burning the charts; Durban-based band Black City – whose single “Vilakazi Street” in celebration of the famous street in Soweto is receiving a lot of airplay; and the KZN South Coast based Funk/Rock group Gus Brown Band.
Dundee was selected as a host city because of its historical significance and tourist attraction as part of the Battlefields Route – which include the historical sites of the battles of Isandlwana, Ngcome (Blood River) and Rorke’s drift.
The town also boasts the Talana Museum. Set in a 20-acre heritage park that forms a portion of the Talana battlefield – the first battle of the Anglo-Boer war – the museum is dedicated to memorabilia and the growth of the Dundee area. The museum is also home to displays as diverse as war and agriculture, mining, industry and domestic life.