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29 Dec 2014 08:54
The three-day New Year's Eve music festival kicks off today in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. (Sydelle Willow Smith)
One of the festive season’s most
anticipated events on the African continent is the Jameson Vic Falls Carnival. Set in the heart of the National Heritage Park in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, the three-day event featuring musicians from Southern Africa kicks off today and runs until December 31.
Now in its third year, the first formal music festival, Falls
Fest, was launched in 2009 and continued until 2011.
In 2012 Sean Young and
Blessing Munyenyiwa founded the Vic Falls Carnival.
marketing manager (Vic Falls Carnival’s organisers), Charlotte Kanter says The Jameson Vic Falls Carnival was
created out of the need for a New Year’s celebration at this popular tourist
in the area saw the need and want for one festival to unite locals and tourists
who were based in this beautiful venue over New Years,” Kanter tells the Mail & Guardian. She says a large
number of attendees of the carnival are Zimbabwe locals.
The Vic Falls
adventure includes a ride on a steam train to an undisclosed bush venue for a five-hour party (December 29), a colour party and after parties at
three different venues (December 30).
The performing music acts were selected to cater for the new and old generation.
Last year’s line-up included rock band Just Jinger, Flash Republic, Chikwata
263 and Ryan Dent among others. This time around, attendees can expect
to be entertained by veterans and breakout artists from the African soil. The
line-up includes Goldfish Live, Beatenberg, Eleftherios Mukuka and Winky D.
from Zimbabwe, DJ Francis and Jason Le Roux are returning to the carnival after
performing at the 2013 Vic Falls carnival, while CU_Rage, a young DJing crew
from Namibia, makes its debut this year. Legendary Zimbabwean musician, Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi, will also take
to the stage.
“Each year we work hard to curate a list of musicians from Africa that will appeal to our audience. We look for acts who will bring variety to our festival and we choose acts from different genres and generations as we want to give our attendees new acts to fall in love with. Of course at the event we have local and international media and attendees who spread the word of these musicians.”
The festival is
not just about the music but also about exploring the gems found in Zimbabwe. Kanter
refers to the Vic Falls “as an adrenaline junkie’s paradise”. The activities on
offer include white water rafting, bungee jumping and elephant back safari.
The festival ends
with a New Year’s Eve party in Victoria Falls, with South African electronic
duo Goldfish Live ushering the audiences into 2015 on the decks.
countdown was definitely unforgettable. Thousands of attendees from all over
the globe coming together under the African skies was just pure bliss. All the
organisers and musicians got up on stage and hugged and brought in the New Year
with a huge bang,” Kanter recalls.
“We hope that
people enjoy this year as much as they have the last couple [and] in five years’ time
we hope that people are still describing it as one of the best events they’ve
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