MARRIOTT BALLITO BEATS
Sugar Rush Park, Ballito
A typically beautiful KZN winter day had Ballito locals joining Mango Groove at Sugar Rush Park for a fun day out of family entertainment at the Marriott Ballito Beats concert yesterday.
North Coast locals mingled with friends in the sunshine and enjoyed quality time with family on the open grassy lawns at Sugar Rush Park. A fully supervised kiddies zone provided ample entertainment for the little ones, who took advantage of train rides and a petting zoo, while everyone got to listen to some of the best musical talent South Africa has to offer and savour the great variety of food and beverages on offer.
Opening act Qadasi and Maqinda set the tone for an afro-centric afternoon shortly after gates opened, with their unique Maskandi sounds, using guitars, concertinas and banjos to wow the crowd with their proudly South African sounds. The local duo brings an international calibre of music to the stage; one that event organisers are happy to showcase for Balliot locals.
“We are passionate about music and helping local artists where we can,” says Stu Berry, Series Director. “Especially a talented duo like Qadasi and Maqhinga. They were the perfect complement as an opening act, and really got the crowd excited.”
With clear blue skies, glorious sunshine and families and friends getting into the groove of things, Mango Groove opened their set with the sounds of trumpets, flutes and the unmistakable vocals of Claire Johnston: all the things that make them one of South Arica’s favourite acts, performing LIVE right here in Ballito.
“We are once again very pleased with the great turn out at this Sunday’s show, despite it being a busy weekend for KZN locals and holidaymakers,” says Berry. “Over 200 people bought tickets on the day, taking full advantage of the superb North Coast winter weather. So we had a fun day out with fans, great weather and of course, the always entertaining 11 piece ensemble that is Mango Groove. They never disappoint, and today was no different. We are very proud to have been able to bring them back to Ballito.”
The final Marriott Ballito Beats Music concert for 2018 will take place on Friday the 24th of August featuring Matthew Mole. Tickets are still available at web tickets.co.za and range from R150 for adults, R80 for children between 6 and 12, and R30 for children under 6.