Top international artists for UJ Alumni Festival

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Simphiwe Dana
Simphiwe Dana

In an assortment of stimulating thought, fine art, and world class live entertainment, the University of Johannesburg (UJ) will celebrate 10 years of existence with its alumni at the first annual UJ Festival: Alumni and Friends. The Festival will boast the best that the continent has to offer from Friday, 30 October – Saturday, 31 October 2015.

“We are excited to celebrate our Alumni and the role they played in UJ’s success with this ground breaking and innovative festival. The UJ festival will set the tone for UJ’s alumni leading their Alma Mater towards Global excellence and stature and shape the future of Alumni relations for all Pan-African higher education institutions,” said Ms Nandi Madadasana, Head: Alumni Relations at UJ.

The line-up up of prolific artists and musicians is reflective of UJ’s diverse Alumni that span across its legacy institutions that was successfully merged in 2005 – Rand Afrikaans Universiteit (RAU), Technikon Witwatersrand and Vista (East Rand and Soweto campus), as well graduates from UJ. Skhanda Republic hip-hop artist KO will perform live alongside deejays Dino Bravo and MacG on the infamous Battle 4 UJ- Reloaded stage on from 2pm on Friday, 30 October 2015. Dr Hugh Masekela will re-launch his biography Still Grazing: The Musical Journey of Hugh Masekela at the UJ APK Library later on at 3pm, followed by a free concert headlined by UJ Alumni and multiple award-winning afro jazz musician Simphiwe Dana, alongside spoken word poet Napo Masheane with Beyond Vocals and Dr Victor.

Motsw-Afrika and award winning rapper Hip Hop Pantsula joined by afro house duo Black Motion and rock band Prime Circle will headline another free concert on Saturday 31 October, followed by the live screening of a thought provoking CNBC Africa Talk with opinion leaders discussing Africa’s solutions to Alternative Energy.

The Festival is geared towards alumni’s family and friends and the Kids-Zone and planetarium is sure to stimulate young minds. Alumni will also be able to walk down memory lane with their children by hopping onto the four campus bus tours along the corridors of freedom. In between the celebrations festival-goers will be treated to a variety of food trucks, open air cinema, craft beer, wine and cheese tasting, as well as a live screening of the 2015 Rugby World Cup final.

The evening is set for UJ to recognise the efforts of alumni who have made significant contributions and strides in their respective fields at the closed 2015 Dignitas Awards.

UJ invites all its pre-alumni and alumni and their family and friends to reunite at their Alma Mater.

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