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July 20, 2009

Ubuntu Festival entertains Cape Town crowds

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Cape Town celebrated the birthday of Nelson Mandela with the Ubuntu Festival. It was a weekend filled with music and entertainment for the crowds that descended on the city centre.

The music lineup included great Capetonian artists like The Rockets, CODA, Tucan Tucan, Chad Saaiman and Jody Williams. Playing at the jazz sessions were the Cape Town Jazz Orchestra, Robbie Jansen and Jimmy Dludlu.

There was an honest sense of ubuntu that united the crowd and everyone participated when the MC asked each person to look to their left and then to their right and say to their neighbours, “I am, because you are” – the broad translation of ubuntu.

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The kids’ area – vibrant with face-painting and colouring-in activity – is always popular with parents and kids alike.

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Flavours of Cape Town, my personal favourite. Through the centuries Cape Town has become a home for many cultures. Cape Town architecture and cuisine comprise an eclectic mix of French, Dutch, British and Malay influences on an African foundation.

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CODA playing their 2010 themed song Blow your Vuvuzela.

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Mariëtte du Toit-Helmbold at the opening of the Festival. She was joined by Mansur Mohamed, executive director of Social and Economic Development for Cape Town, and Kevin Chaplin, managing director of the SA Ubuntu Foundation.

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Crowds were shown the Diski Dance and prizes were given to those who came on stage and strutted their stuff.

Aslam Levy is an eMarketing Coordinator at Cape Town Tourism, you can view his personal blog here.

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