Freedom Park in Pretoria has hosted the first annual Ubuntu Music Festival to celebrate the park’s 20th anniversary. The heritage site was established to foster nation building, social cohesion and reconciliation.
The festival is part of a series of celebration activities hosted throughout the year.

The Tshwane Gospel Choir,  Greg Georgiadis, Jonathan Martin, Nathi Bantu, The Real MXO, Puleng March and Buhle Thela are some of the performers at the festival.

Curator of the music festival, Ayanda Holo, says the festival features the principles of Ubuntu.

“It’s a mixture of what brings Ubuntu-ness of South Africa and something that is definitely going to move us forward, specially during this time of COVID. We said we were going to create and curate an event that is going to be a trend-starter. That this event is virtually focused. It’s an event that artists can work.”

Freedom Park is host to the Wall of Remembrance, where the names of people who died for the freedom of South African are displayed.

Musician, The Real M.X.O, was one of the artists who participated in the event. He says music has always played an important role in South Africa.

“Music is healing and therapeutic from our traumatic past, now we are gathered and celebrating our heritage. And behind me is the wall of fame with all our ancestors and our unsung and sung heroes, people who fought for the struggle. So it’s just a remembrance to let us not forget our roots and culture. Hence, it’s the heritage thing – let’s always remember.”

The event will be available for the next week on Freedom Park’s website.

Ubuntu Music Festival commemorates reconciliation month and 16 days of activism: