POPULAR South African music artists, Nasty C and Amanda Black, will be the headline acts at this year’s Durban Port Festival, which runs from Saturday, September 9 to Sunday, September 10.
Hosted by Transnet National Ports Authority, in partnership with eThekwini Municipality, MSC Cruises, African Marine Solutions (AMSOL) and the South African Navy, the festival’s main stage is 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, released the first single Hell Naw, off his debut album Bad Hair Extensions, early in 2016. It peaked at number four on the South African music charts.
The 20-year-old musician has recorded with Cassper Nyovest and Anati, 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, a top seven finalist on Idols season 11, who describes her genre of music as ‘Afro-soul with a fusion of hip-hop and a bit of soul and rhythm and blues’.
She enjoyed success with her award-winning hit single Amazulu, the title track on her debut album, which was certified platinum three weeks after its release.
Festival-goers can also look forward to being entertained by DJ Nivaadh, Handsome DJ and Band, Sparks Bantwana and DJ Thukzin.
Other attractions include: 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; and 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.
Says Durban Port Manager, Moshe Motlohi: “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.”
Festivities will run from 10 am to 8 pm on September 9 and 10 am to 5 pm on September 10.
Entry is R30 for adults and R10 for children under the age of 16. Book at Computicket.