The Concert in the Orchard Dedicated tonight to the Memory of Nelson Mandela – To honour the passing of our beloved former President Nelson Mandela, HandMade Concerts is dedicating tonight’s Concert in the Orchard at the Litchi Orchard in Salt Rock to his memory. There will be a minute’s candlelit silence at 8pm followed by the singing of the national anthem, leaded by the Mayor of KwaDukuza, Councillor Ricardo Mthembu. Please join us to pay tribute to his memory and to celebrate his legacy of peace and freedom.
The paucity of radio and television support for South African artists has added to the crisis that has seen many musicians pursuing other opportunities, limited as they may be in the current economy.
The HandMade Concerts mission is to bring people together to enjoy a few happy hours of easy-listening live music in a family friendly environment.
It’s real nation building stuff and it is great to see how well the concept has been received on the North Coast.
The Department of Arts and Culture has come on board as a sponsor to promote the ethos of anti- piracy in the live music realm and to help create job opportunities in the local music industry.
It’s a strategy that is already producing results. This will be the third concert in the series.
Bands and Performers for the Concert in the Orchard
The headline act, CrashCarBurn is one of the hottest bands in the country right now. Other acts on the bill are Asleep in Transit, Nje, Nibs vd Spuy, Cupha Ukunyathela, HandMade Blues, Thwasa, The Soul Sisters, Rowan Stuart, Phuz’Ukuvela, the Pinkie Mtshali Band and DJ Fuego Heat. They are hugely excited to be playing at the Concert in the Orchard that has become a favourite event for musicians countrywide.
This is largely due to the welcoming easy-going atmosphere, excellent organisation, good security and easy access, but that’s just for starters. Thanks to wonderful support from the Department of Arts & Culture, the concert series continues to grow, mentoring and encouraging groups that would otherwise never have a chance to perform to such a diverse audience. The result is an entertainment programme that is as diverse as it is exciting and everyone loves the vibe!
The Soul Sisters Sing the Blues mentorship story
A few months ago they were just a couple of youngsters who liked to sing together. Related as they are, they had grown up in a world far removed from the bright lights of showbiz but they had always dreamed of stepping out onto a stage in front of a large audience that had come to hear them.
Their dream came true when they were chosen to open the 2013 Durban International Blues Festival on Heritage Day. It was the culmination of months of hard work and years of hope – The Soul Sisters have arrived.
Nomfundo Bukhosini, Amanda Zikhali and Cebisile Ndlovu grew up in Hluhluwe and relocated to KwaDukuza in search of work. While working as cleaners at the Litchi Orchard, a popular entertainment venue near Ballito, they were quietly singing a gospel tune that they are familiar with and that’s when they got their break. Dave Charles, of HandMade Concerts, was listening to them from the shadows and he liked what he heard. He offered to work with them to give them a platform to showcase their talent and they leapt at the opportunity.
Working closely with The HandMade Blues Band, from Ballito, the Soul Sisters as the close harmony vocal group was named quickly moved from gospel to blues to rock, adding energetic harmonies to create a special sound.
Their first appearance as a group was at The HandMade Concert in the Orchard, a regular event on the North Coast attracting a crowd of over 1500 people. This is an initiative supported by the Department of Arts and Culture bringing people of different cultures together in a creative forum and the Soul Sisters is one of their success stories. That was followed by a number of smaller shows and then they were approached to open the Durban International Blues Festival. Diva Pinkie Mtshali gave them the nod after working with them for the show and they carried it off with aplomb.
They have already been booked to appear at the next HandMade Concert in the Orchard on the 6th December 2013 and there is much more in the pipeline for The Soul Sisters.
One of Ballito’s most popular eateries, MammaG’s is moving onsite with an army of staff to provide the best food and beverages at the lowest prices to make sure you won’t go hungry or thirsty. There’ll be plenty of beer on tap and a full bar and the wine will be flowing. There’ll also be fresh hot coffee and pancakes by the ton. The choice of food will be amazing.
Secure parking is available on site at the Litchi Orchard, and at Tiffany’s Shopping Centre across the road. There will be pointsmen on duty to facilitate safe crossing.
Because the weather can be difficult, the entire concert venue is protected by Bedouin tent type cover for complete peace of mind.
We have excellent security in place as well as a medical team to ensure that things run smoothly and that you can relax in the knowledge that we have got you covered.
Seating is unreserved. There are plenty of bales of hay to sit on and some more formal barnyard style seating at tables for those who arrive early, but we invite you to bring blankets or camping chairs to spread out under the canvass on the lawn in front of the new stage and enjoy the show close up and personal!
If you book online at www.webtickets.co.za at just R50 per adult (kids under 12 just R25 and under 6’s free), the Concert in the Orchard is the best value for money concert of its kind in the country. Tickets at the gate will be R60 per adult and R30 for under 12’s (under 6’s free) so it pays to book online. Numbers are limited to avoid overcrowding so get your tickets online NOW to avoid disappointment.