Thursday May 3, 2018
Africa Day musicians set to rock the waterfront Africa Day organiser Sam Manzanza will be among performers from a range of nationalities. PHOTO: Supplied
African Communities Council Wellington (ACCW ) is set to celebrate Africa Day next Saturday, May 12 on Wellington’s waterfront. African nationals worldwide will celebrate the 55th edition of Africa Day, which has been acknowledged in Wellington for the past five years. Organiser Sam Manzanza says the celebrations are a way of bringing New Zealanders of African descent together to celebrate the flagship event of the year for them. “Africa Day celebrations in Wellington mean a great deal to New Zealanders of African descent as it allows us to come together annually to share and educate fellow Kiwis and the other nationalities living in New Zealand on our culture and heritage, as well as building camaraderie.”
More than 4000 people have attended previous Africa Day events in Wellington. “This year we are expecting more than 5000 people,” Sam says. The event at Shed 6 on Queens Wharf will feature 23 performance acts. Included are Ethiopian dance group LUO, a South Sudanese dance group, eight-piece multicultural band Ras Judah & Culture Embassy, Rwandan dance group Inyange and rising Nigerian star Booboosha Juliet . The organiser is set to get in on the action, with Sam Manzanza performing with the Afro Beat Band which he says will “make you dance non-stop”. His drummer son, Myele “the beat master”, will also be performing. Special guests this year will be members of the China Cultural Centre, along with Anayibi & C- 26 Salsa Band.
Cook Strait News 03-05-18